Alamo Bowl Preview: Michigan vs. Nebraska

Offensively, the Huskers have had a challenging year. They were 109th of 119 NCAA Division I teams in rushing with only 91 yards per game, and only 9 TDs on the ground. Their total offense was 95th with 320 yards per game and they were 76th in scoring offense. Their passing game was better than Michigan's with nearly 230 yards per game ranking them 48th nationally. They are led by Junior quarterback and Wake Forest transfer, Zac Taylor and Sophomore widout Terrance Nunn. Taylor's other favorite targets are Redshirt Frosh, Nate Swift, and dimunitive Senior, Cory Ross, with 6 and 3 TDs respectively. Ross is their leading rusher and made 2nd team All Big 12; he and Frosh Cody Glenn have 4 rushing TDs each. The Nebraska offensive line has been developing, but they are led by former Michigan recruit, Redshirt Freshman Lloyd Murtha, at Left Tackle and Junior Center, Kurt Mann. They have a young, athletic offensive line with only one Senior, Brandon Koch, at Right Guard. Nebraska was 11th in the Big 12 in 3rd down conversions, 9th in red zone offense and 11th in sacks allowed with 33.

Their defensive is another story. They are solid, and they have kept the team in a lot of games this year. They are anchored by two Senior tackles, Le Kevin Smith and Titus Adams. Nebraksa led the nation with 46 sacks, 115 tackles for loss and 107 quarterback hits in 2005; compare this to Michigan's 59 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and 9 quarterback hits. Their rushing defense was ranked 28th nationally allowing only 123 yards per game. Their passing defense was ranked 38th allowing 202 yards per game, and total defense was ranked ahead of Michigan at 25th nationally allowing 326 yards per game. Their leading tackler is Sophomore Corey McKeon with 87 tackles and 19 for loss including 7 sacks, 7 pass break ups, 11 quarterback hits and 3 interceptions. Junior Defensive End, Adam Carriker, leads the Cornhuskers in sacks with 9.5 in his 17 tackles for loss plus 19 quarterback hits; he earned 2nd team All Big 12. The other defensive end, Jay Moore, is also a solid player with 14 tackles for loss, 9 quarterback hits, 3 forced fumbles and 3 sacks. Senior Strong Safety, Dan Bullocks, made 2nd team All Big 12 and is their 3rd leading tackler. Unfortunately for Nebraska, their 2nd leading tackler, Bo Ruud, will miss the game; he is replaced by Sophomore Lance Brandenburg. Their pass defense had 12 interceptions and 70 pass break ups as compared to Michigan's 10 interceptions and 37 pass break ups. Nebraska led the Big 12 in red zone defense allowing only 14 touchdowns in 36 attempts. One thing for sure, Nebraska will be coming after Henne on every play.

Their special teams are led by Terrence Nunn who has averaged nearly 20 yards per return on 15 returns ranking him #3 nationally. Former Michigan recruit and starting cornerback, Courtney Grigsby has 30 returns, and is averaging over 10 yards per return. Grigsby and Bullocks led the Husker defense with 10 pass break ups each. Freshman Jordan Congdon has been accurate and solid as a placekicker with 18 of 22 on field goals and 28 of 29 in extra points. He leads the Cornhuskers in scoring as Rivas does for Michigan. Senior Sam Koch averaged almost 46 yards per punt, and was #3 nationally in net punting. Breaston will have a difficult time getting started on kickoffs and punt returns with great Cornhusker coverage on special teams. Nebraska has blocked 5 kicks or punts this year compared to Michigan's two blocks. Former Illinois and Oakland Raider Head Coach, Bill Callahan, will have Nebraska ready to play Michigan in this "building block" game.

Michigan stops the Husker running game, and capitalizes on turnovers to win, 24-10!

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