Fri: U-M Offensive Coaches Comment on Game

Michigan's 32-28 loss to Nebraska in the 2005 Mastercard Alamo Bowl ended a season that was not up to Michigan standards. At 7-5, the Wolverines tallied the most losses in a season since 1984, when they finished 6-6 with a Holiday Bowl loss to eventual National Champion Brigham Young. Following the game, Michigan offensive coordinator Terry Malone and quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler had brief comments about the loss, and about winning and losing.

For the second-straight bowl game, the University of Michigan football team squandered a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, resulting in a season ending loss. The 32-28 defeat at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 2005 Mastercard Alamo Bowl resulted in a large part because of Wolverine miscues.

Michigan ran for 130-yards on 42 rushing attempts - a 3.1 yards-per-carry average. Mike Hart led with 83-yards on 19 carries. Coming into the game, the Wolverines averaged 164.5 yards-per-game.

Michigan offensive coordinator Terry Malone spoke briefly with following the game. "We didn't run the ball nearly as well as we'd hoped too," Malone said.

Turnovers also killed Michigan scoring opportunities, and gave Nebraska the ball deep in Michigan territory. A late third quarter Zachary Bowman interception of a Chad Henne pass in the back of the endzone stalled one Wolverine scoring chance. A controversial Henne fumble late in the fourth quarter led to the winning Nebraska score. "We just can't make mistakes and expect to win football games," Malone said. "Normally it comes down to a couple plays, and this time we didn't make those plays we needed to make."

Michigan quarterback Henne was the second-leading rusher on the team, with 38-yards on 13 carries and one touchdown - his first rushing TD of the season. He was 21-of-43 for 270-yards and one interception. Wolverine quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler said he couldn't comment on Henne's performance until after he reviewed tape of the game.

However, Coach Loeffler did comment on the close battles Michigan has been in over the years. "If you look at the games we've won and lost it usually comes down to four or five plays," he said. "The difference in winning or losing comes down to making those four or five plays."

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