alaMOAN: The Game's Drives, The Statistics

Michigan took a 28-17 lead with 12 minutes to go in the game. However two U-M 4th quarter turnovers and two Nebraska TD's, including a two-point conversion, gave Nebraska the victory ... as did a crazy finish.

Nebraska took the game's opening kickoff at the Nebraska 23, got three first downs to the U-M 40, then had to punt ... the snap was flubbed at the U-M 42.

Michigan went three and out, and punted it to the Nebraska 27.

Nebraska took the ball at their 27 at the 9:23 mark, got one first down, then struck paydirt on a 47 yard pass reception -- a short pass over the middle where the U-M safety missed the tackle and there was no other safety back at the 8:04 mark.

Nebraska 7, Michigan 0

Steve Breaston took the ensuing kickoff back 70 yards to the Nebraska 30. On 3rd and 12 Chad Henne scrambled 14 yards to to the Neb 18. Two plays later, Henne completed a misdirection pass to Tyler Ecker for a 13 yard touchdown pass at the 5:48 mark.

Michigan 7, Nebraska 7

Nebraska took the ensuing kickoff at their 20 and went three and out.

Michigan also went three and out.

Nebraska took the ball at their 21 yard line at the 1:26 mark. On the third play Leon Hall intercepted a pass at the Nebraska 39 at the :35 mark.

First Quarter Stats:
First Downs: U-M 3, Neb 5
Rushing Yards: U-M 10 rushes for 5 yards; Neb 9 rushes for 42 yards
Passing Yards: U-M 3-4 for 29 yards; Neb 5-9 for 78 yards and an interception
Total yards: U-M 34, Neb 120
Time of Possession : U-M 7:43, Neb 7:17

SECOND QUARTER

Michigan took the ball at the Nebraska 39 yard line, made two first downs, but Garrett Rivas missed a 30 yard field goal at the 12:39 mark.

Nebraska took the ball at their 20 yard line and the first play was a pass -- which was again intercepted by Leon Hall - his second of the day, at the 12:33 mark.

Michigan got the ball at the Nebraska 28 at the 12:33 mark. On the third play, Henne completed a 16 yard touchdown pass to Mike Massey at the 11:43 mark.

Michigan 14, Nebraska 14

Nebraska took the ensuing kickoff at their own 35 yard line and went three and out.

Michigan took the ball at their own 15 at the 11:17 mark. Michigan made a first down, then punted from their own 24 at the 9:00 mark.

Nebraska took the ball at their 44 and again went three and out.

Michigan took the ball at their 21 at the 7:28 mark, got one first down, then punted.

Nebraska took the ball at their own 26 yard line at the 5:17 mark, and went to work. Seven plays and three first downs later, Nebraska scored on a 15 yard touchdown pass at the 2:37 mark.

Michigan 14, Nebraska 14

Michigan took the ball at their own 27 with 2:29 left, made two first downs to the Nebraska 46, but punted at the 1:01 mark.

Nebraska ran out the half.

Halftime Stats:
First Downs: U-M 11, Neb 9
Rushing Yards: U-M 22 rushes for 44 yards; Neb 16 rushes for 58 yards
Passing Yards: U-M 9-19 for 85 yards; Neb 10-19 for 134 yards and 2 ints
Total yards: U-M 129, Neb 192
Time of Possession : U-M 17:09, Neb 12:51
Third down conversions: 2-8 each
Sacks: three each
Rushing: Mike Hart 8-22 yds, Kevin Grady 4-15 yds ... Cory Ross 12-59 yds

THIRD QUARTER

Nebraska took the ball at their 35 yard line at the 13:28 mark, and four first downs and 13 plays later kicked a 20 yard field goal at the 8:54 mark.

Nebraska 17, Michigan 14

Michigan answered. Tabb took the kickoff return to the U-M 42. Six plays and three first downs later, Henne completed a 21 yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham at the 6:31 mark.

Michigan 21, Nebraska 17

Nebraska took the ensuing kickoff at their own 20, got one first down, then punted.

Breaston returned the punt 18 yards to the U-M 40. Michigan made three first downs to the Nebraska 27, but Henne threw an interception into the end zone at the 1:06 mark.

Nebraska took the ball at their own 20 and went three and out, losing ground on a Shawn Crable sack (U-M's 5th of the game) to their own 16 yard line.

Breaston caught the punt at the U-M 32, and Nebraska got hit with a personal foul, bringing the ball to the U-M 47 at the 14:52 mark. Eight plays and three first downs later Henne ran the ball in from the seven at the 11:40 mark. Big plays: another 12 yard Henne scramble to the Neb 7, and a 26 yard completion to Avant to the Nebraska 21.

Michigan 28, Nebraska 17

Nebraska took the ensuing kickoff at their 23 yard line and went three and out with U-M's 6th sack of the game.

Michigan went three and out as well.

Nebraska returned the punt to the U-M 38 at the 8:50 mark. Three plays later Cory Ross ran 31 yards for the touchdown at the 8:08 mark. Nebraska went for two, and got it.

Michigan 28, Nebraska 25

Breaston returned the kickoff to the U-M 34 yard line (giving Breaston a bowl-record 146 yards in KO returns). On the first play, Henne completed a pass to Jason Avant who fumbled at the U-M 48 and Nebraska recovered at the 7:51 mark.

Nebraska however went three and out and punted at the 7:00 mark.

Michigan started at their own 20, but on the third play Nebraska intercepted a U-M pass and returned the ball to the U-M 17 at the 5:56 mark. Three plays later Nebraska threw a 13 yard touchdown pass at the 4:29 mark.

Nebraska 32, Michigan 28

Michigan got three first downs but turned the ball over on downs at the Nebraska 18 with 2:39 to go.

Michigan got the ball back for one more try with :18 to go. Breaston fielded the punt at the U-M 17 and got tripped up at the U-M 36 with :07 to go. Henne avoided a sack with an incompletion with :02 to go.

Then came the last crazy play of the game -- a hook-n-ladder play that ended up looking like Air Force Football as U-M players latereled the ball to one another... and after a U-M fumble that looked like a pass incompletion but wasn't because the ball was thrown backwards, and while the Nebraska bench flooded the field but the whistle never blew -- the play and the game finally ended with Tyler Ecker streaking down the U-M sideline before being tackled at the Nebraska 7 yard line by a player who, according to Pierre Woods, came over from the Nebraska bench.

Final Game Stats:
-- First Downs: U-M 23, Neb 16
-- Rushing Yards: U-M 42 rushes for 162 yds (3.9 ypc); Neb 37 rushes for 185 yds (5 ypc)
-- Passing Yards: U-M 21-43 for 270 yards and an int; Neb 14-31 for 167 yards and two ints (both in the first half)
-- Total yards: U-M 400, Neb 318
-- Time of Possession : U-M 31:21, Neb 28:39
-- Third down conversions: U-M 5-17, Nebraska 4-16
-- Sacks: U-M 6, Nebraska 4
-- Rushing: Hart 19-83 (61 in the second half) yds, Henne 13-58 yds ... Cory Ross 28-165 yds (106 in the second half)
-- Passing: Henne 21-43-1 and a bowl-record 4 TD's; Zac Taylor 14-31-2 and 3 TD's.
-- Return Yards: Breaston had a bowl record 218; 146 in kickoff returns (a bowl record in itself) and 72 on punt returns
-- Punting: Nebraska's Sam Koch averaged 51.5 yards on 8 punts; U-M's Ross Ryan averaged 34.9 yards on 7 punts.
-- U-M also tied a bowl record by losing 4 fumbles.

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