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Handing out Game Balls for Michigan’s wild win in Lincoln

Three upper classmen helped the Wolverines avoid the upset.

Michigan v Nebraska Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images

The Wolverines traveled to Lincoln as small favorites to face head coach Scott Frost and the enigmatic 2021 iteration of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Are they good? They played Michigan State and Oklahoma to the wire. Are they bad? They lost to Illinois.

The blackshirts proved more than formidable, but the Wolverines were able to do just enough and escape Memorial Stadium with a 32-29 victory.

Michigan played far from perfect, survived a dog fight, and are now 6-0 for the sixth time in the last 40 years.

Let’s hand out some game balls.

Offense - Hassan Haskins

Hassan Haskins carried the ball 21 times to the tune of 123 yards and 2 touchdowns. Highlighted by an electric 50-yard burst that included hurdling the safety and gaining 30 more yards after the hurdle.

Haskins consistently wore down the Cornhuskers’ defense and would always find those 1-3 extra yards after contact. Whether it be through defenders or leaping over them, Haskins was again the engine of the offense.

Defense - Brad Hawkins

A tale of two halves for the Michigan defense. The Wolverines allowed 0 points and only 133 yards in the first half. 78 of those first half yards came on Nebraska’s first possession.

In the second half, Scott Frost pulled out all the stops scoring 29 points and racking up almost 300 yards of offense.

However, when Michigan needed a stop after tying the game with three minutes to go, Brad Hawkins rose to the occasion. Hawkins ripped the ball from Adrian Martinez, scooped it, and set Michigan up for what would be the game-winning field goal.

Additionally, Hawkins had 5 tackles and 1 tackle-for-loss.

Special Teams -Jake Moody

Seriously, could it be anyone else?

Jake Moody continued his excellent season and finished the contest 4/4, connecting from 35, 21, 31, and 39 yards. None bigger than the last two which tied the game with three minutes to go and the final go-ahead field goal with 1:24 remaining.

The Wolverines have not had a consistent kicking game since… Jake Moody as a freshman in 2018 when he finished 10/11 on the season. Moody is currently 12/13 this season and remains perfect on extra points for his career.