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There were many Nebraska fans who thought things couldn’t get worse than the game in Madison for NU. Those fans should always be careful when saying things like that. Nebraska was thoroughly trounced in Ann Arbor, losing to the Wolverines, 45-17, in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
And yet...and yet…
As the fourth quarter started, Nebraska had finally shown some signs of life both on offense and on defense. NU had scratched its way back to a 31-17 deficit and had finally made a stop against Michigan, forcing a punt from the UM 17.
Then Nebraska rolled the dice, calling for a block and instead getting a roughing the kicker call (for the lightest of grazes), giving Michigan a first down and new life in the drive. NU collapsed after that call. Michigan drove the field, scoring another touchdown to go up 38-17 and salt the game away.
Even without the flag, Nebraska’s odds for a comeback against Michigan that day were small. But there’s a huge difference between a small chance at a comeback (see State, Ohio) and no chance.
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