Huskers Blown Out by Michigan in Big Ten Opener
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Huskers Blown Out by Michigan in Big Ten Opener, 56-10

September 22, 2018

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Scott Frost said it would get worse before it got better.

It got worse.

In this century, Nebraska had gained fewer than 150 yards on offense just twice. It did that in a 56-10 loss to No. 19 Michigan (3-1) on Saturday. 

Since 1945, Nebraska hadn't started a season 0-3. It did that on Saturday. 

Nebraska looked a team that didn't belong on the field with Michigan. The Wolverines had a 39-0 shutout working at halftime, had a fast-food restaurant trolling the team on Twitter and played starting quarterback Adrian Martinez off the field after 30 minutes.

Not that Martinez played poorly in his first game back from the injured knee suffered against Colorado, just that the game was over by halftime. Nebraska couldn't protect its quarterback (Michigan had four sacks and four more hurries), couldn't move the ball (it had 17 yards of offense in the first half) and couldn't keep Michigan out of the end zone. 

The Huskers ran for a total of 39 yards. Both sides of the Huskers' line were beaten and bruised all day. Nebraska couldn't keep Michigan's front seven — specifically linebacker Devin Bush and lineman Rashan Gary (two TFLs each) — at bay and couldn't stop the run itself. Michigan totaled 285 rushing yards at a 6.3 yards-per-carry average.

It was the kind of day where a first-quarter pass that might have gone for a touchdown for the offense ended in a tipped ball and an interception for the defense, the first of two turnovers on the day.

It was the kind of day where Michigan wideout Ronnie Bell took his first career reception 56 yards for a touchdown.

It was the kind of day where a guy who had two carries all season long, fullback Ben Mason, had three touchdowns against the Huskers.

It was the kind of day where Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was able to throw out three different quarterbacks on offense. Two of the three threw a touchdown pass.

It was the kind of day where Nebraska needed to play 56 minutes of game clock before finally finding the end zone. In the end, Michigan held a 491-132 yard advantage on offense. The Huskers had almost as much penalty yardage (79) as passing yardage (93). 

The Huskers play next at home against Purdue on Sept. 29 at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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