Nebraska vs. Michigan: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Wolverines

Aaron Siegal-EismanFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

Nov 2, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) looks to pass against against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2nd half of a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Nebraska (7-2, 4-1) defeats Michigan (6-3, 2-3) in a battle for the top of the Big Ten Legends Division standings. 

Final: Nebraska 17, Michigan 13  

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Michigan Wolverines Game Grades
Position Unit1st Half GradesFinal Grades
Pass OffenseC+B-
Run OffenseD-F
Pass DefenseA-B+
Run DefenseBB
Special TeamsB+A-
vs. Nebraska Week 11

Game analysis for the Michigan Wolverines:

Pass Offense: The Wolverines pass offense improved in the second half due to a few solid passes by quarterback Devin Gardner. Gardner finished the game 18-for-27 with 196 passing yards and one touchdown. Michigan needs better pass protection in future games.

Run Offense: UM wasn't able to get any sort of run game started against the Cornhuskers. Four players totaled for minus-21 yards on 36 carries. The offensive line did a poor job of blocking and making holes for Gardner and the running backs. Lots of sacks hurt numerous drives.  

Pass Defense: Nebraska's passing improved in the second half because quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was able to spread the ball around. Armstrong Jr. finished the game 11-for-19 with 139 passing yards and one touchdown. Michigan's secondary was average overall. 

Run Defense: The Wolverines run defense improved from the first half to the second. Michigan's defensive line got pressure on the Huskers' backs, which caused problems. Nebraska averages 261.6 rushing yards per game before this contest, but only ran for 128 yards in this contest. 

Special Teams: Michigan kicker Brendan Gibbons hit two long field goals in the game. Not much in the return game to boast about.   

Coaching: The Wolverines coaches have to fix the issues with this offense quickly.  

Nov 9, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Derrick Green (27) runs the ball against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

First-half analysis for the Michigan Wolverines:

Pass Offense: The Wolverines pass offense was having problems in the first quarter, but finally made slight improvements in the second quarter. Quarterback Devin Gardner passed 7-for-10 with 70 passing yards and no touchdowns. Michigan's passing must improve in the second half. 

Run Offense: UM's run offense has been non-existent through the first half of the game. Four rushers have combined for minus-10 yards on 19 carries. The offensive line has done a bad job of blocking Nebraska's front seven, which has allowed sacks and tackles for losses. 

Pass Defense: Even though Nebraska is not known for its pass offense, Michigan's secondary is sticking on the Huskers' receivers and creating pressure. The two Cornhusker quarterbacks have combined to go 4-for-11 with 47 passing yards and no touchdowns.  

Run Defense: The Wolverines have minimized a quality Nebraska run game. Michigan's defensive line is getting good pressure at times, but have allowed two big runs. UM must continue to slow down the Cornhuskers run game and get some tackles for a loss, as well. 

Special Teams: Michigan has had some great punts by Matt Wile through the first half. Not much success in the return game, though. 

Coaching: The Wolverines coaches must make some better play calls on offense in the second half.