Michigan football owned Nebraska on Saturday. Here are the grades and game balls from the Wolverines’ win over the Huskers.
Through five games, Michigan football hasn’t been challenged. Some thought that the challenge would come on Saturday from Nebraska.
Instead, the Wolverines silenced Lincoln Memorial Stadium. J.J. McCarthy was spectacular. So were the defense, the offensive line, and basically the entire team.
McCarthy’s night was over by the end of the third quarter. The offensive line answered any question by bullying a run defense that was allowing just 46 yards per game and 1.8 yards per attempt.
LaDarius Henderson got the start and was spectacular. Truly, Michigan football dominated in all three phases, and looking back, here are the game balls and grades from the Wolverines’ 45-7 win.
Game balls: J.J. McCarthy, Kenneth Grant, Offensive line
The hardest thing about the game balls this week was deciding who to leave out. Roman Wilson was pretty special. He made the catch of the year and had two more touchdowns to bring his total to eight for the season.
Yet, McCarthy was just outstanding. The difference between him and the other team’s quarterback is striking. He just doens’t make mistakes. The ball is constantly on the money and he was even smart running the ball.
McCarthy’s second touchdown pass was spectacular. The first was a great catch by Wilson. It was also a great ball. Kenneth Grant had such a great interception that Jim Harbaugh and Michgan football sang, “He’s a jolly good fellow.”
Grant’s interception was a game-changing play. The other game ball goes to the offensive line. The starting five was spectacular. Trente Jones also played 33 snaps as a lineman/tight end.
Michigan football used a bunch of three tight-end sets and rammed the ball right now Nebraska’s throat. I don’t know if the Wolverines meant to send a message, but they did.