No. 3 Michigan blows out Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Michigan played like it has all year on Saturday, putting up 412 yards to Nebraska’s 147, to defeat the Huskers 34-3.

Nebraska had the ball first as snow fell in Ann Arbor, and the drive showed some promise.

But a false start penalty on Travis Vokolek changed a third and 4 to a third and 9. Then Chubba Purdy, starting in place injured quarterback Casey Thompson, was sacked for a 1-yard loss.

When Michigan took over, it pushed down the field with precision, taking 12 plays and 6:48 to score a touchdown. Seven of those plays were carries by Blake Corum.

Both offenses struggled in the middle part of the first half, with five straight possessions ending in punts.

But the Wolverines got back into rhythm with a touchdown drive highlighted by a 28-yard pass from J.J. McCarthy to Colston Loveland.

Then Nebraska briefly got hot on the cold day.

Purdy led the Huskers all the way to Michigan’s 15-yard line, but he was injured as he slid.

Logan Smothers came in under center, and after three plays, Nebraska had to settle for a 37-yard field goal by Timmy Bleekrode.

Michigan quickly responded with a field goal of its own.

The Huskers suffered another injury when a Michigan player ran out of bounds and into the Nebraska sideline, knocking offensive coordinator Mark Whipple to the ground.

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph took over the play calling in the second half.

Michigan ate up the clock in the third quarter, taking all but 4:13 and scoring on a 3-yard run by McCarthy.

The Huskers had only eight plays in the quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the Wolverines survived a potential turnover and added a touchdown.

As he was running into the end zone, Ronnie Bell fumbled the ball, but it was recovered by Michigan’s Andrel Anthony for six more points.

It was Nebraska’s most daunting challenge of the season.

Facing No. 3 Michigan would have already been a herculean task. But Nebraska did it without Thompson, who has 2,023 passing yards and a 63% completion percentage this season.

And Nebraska’s defense had to contend with one of the nation’s best running backs.

Corum ran for 162 yards on Saturday, and his 17 rushing TDs on the season are tied for the most in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Purdy led Nebraska both in the air and on the ground, with 56 passing yards and 39 rushing yards.

With the loss, the Huskers (3-7, 2-5 Big Ten) will miss a bowl game for the sixth straight year.

And with their decisive win, the Wolverines (10-0, 7-0) strengthen their case to make the College Football Playoff.

Next week, Nebraska hosts Wisconsin.

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