Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from exasperating win over Nebraska

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In a similar second half to the Rutgers affair, Michigan football had to hold on in a nerve-racking victory in Lincoln to get to 6-0.

It went down to the wire but Michigan football survived a major scare in a rowdy environment from a bona fide Nebraska team. The Wolverines had things going their way in the first with a 13-0 advantage, but the second was an entirely different story that almost could have been a catastrophic occurrence.

Nebraska got the ball to begin the second half and secured the momentum by scoring on the opening drive to make it a one-possession game. Michigan football returned the favor to go up by two scores, but the Cornhuskers were not phased.

They replied with six and made Cade McNamara throw the first interception of his entire career as Michigan’s starting quarterback.

Michigan’s defense disappeared and before you knew it, U-M was trailing for the first time all season. Adrian Martinez was picking them apart and Mike MacDonald couldn’t put a stop to it like his unit has in the past few weeks. The tide was clearly in Nebraska’s corner for Scott Frost to notch his most signature victory yet in Lincoln.

Michigan football came back in the fourth to retake the lead, only to lose it just as quickly. Knowing what they had to do to remain unbeaten the Wolverines tied things up with a Jake Moody field goal and leave it up to the defense.

Finally, Mike Macdonald’s guys came through with a turnover to put Michigan ahead and on the ensuing drive, they put the nail in the coffin with a game-winning fourth-down stop.

Here are three takeaways from the 32-29 win for the Wolverines.