In the first road game of the season for Michigan football, the Wolverines dominated Nebraska. Here are the highlights and gut reactions.
Michigan football made a statement on Saturday afternoon. There’s no other way to put it.
I know it was Nebraska, a team that’s now 2-3. But the spread was just 17 points and most pundits, myself included, expected that game to be close.
Nebraska’s defense was supposed to keep the Huskers in the game. Sort of like Iowa last season, this felt like the first real test for the Wolverines.
Michigan football passed with flying colors.
Bigger tests await. However, the way Michigan bullied a defense that had allowed just 1.8 yards per rushing attempt was impressive. Hell, the game was so lopsided that J.J. McCarthy didn’t even finish the third quarter.
The first drive of the game was textbook. I predicted an opening-drive touchdown and McCarthy delivered with a dart that Roman Wilson grabbed over a defender’s helmet for six.
Michigan football’s second touchdown of the game was from Kalel Mullings on a 20-yard run and came shortly after a Kenneth Grant interception. Braiden McGregor tipped the ball — Grant — the 330 pounder caught it and Mullings scored a few plays later.
McCarthy added the third touchdown on a run, before throwing another dart to Wilson, in the corner of the end zone after spinning away from a defender and throwing the ball across his body.
All in all, it was a dominant showing from Michigan. The Wolverines looked every bit like a national title contender on Saturday and here are the gut reactions.
Gut reactions from Michigan football win over Nebraska
- This was the best game of the season by the offensive line. It moved Nebraska defenders and ran for over 200 yards. Impressive. That defense is no joke against the run.
- Blake Corum is 100 percent. He’s that dude again.
- Donovan Edwards looked better too. No need to worry IMO.
- Roman Wilson continues to have a dream season. His connection with J.J. McCarthy is one of the best in college football.
- It’s funny people were actually worried about J.J.
- He’s so damn good and will be a top-10 pick, just I like said this summer.
- Michigan’s defense is the best in college football.
- Jack Tuttle won the backup QB job.
- Kalel Mullings should keep getting more carries.
- The short-yardage conversions were one of the most impressive things. It was a staple the past two years and the Wolverines were flawless in that area on Saturday.
- What a fun team to watch. Enjoy it, Michigan football fans.