Randy Gregory, Devin Gardner, Fitzgerald Toussaint
Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory (44) sacks Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) at 10:36 in the fourth quarter. To the left is Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28). Nebraska defeated Michigan 17-13 Saturday at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Nebraska-Michigan State
RECORDS: Michigan State (8-1 overall, 5-0 Big Ten), Nebraska (7-2, 4-1)
LINE: Michigan State by 5 1/2 SERIES: Nebraska leads 7-0
KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln (87,000 +) LINCOLN
FORECAST: Gradual clearing after noon, high near 64, SW wind 8-17 mpg, gusts to 26 mph.
RADIO: KLIQ (94.5 FM), KLRB (97.3 FM), KBBN (98.3 FM), KQKY (105.9 FM), KGFW (1340 AM), KAWL (1370 AM), KRGI (1430 AM), Star 97 (97.3 FM)
- The Matchup
When Nebraska has the ball
The Husker offensive line is as beat up as a unit can be. We won’t know for sure who is playing where until they line up for the first play. Spencer Long and Jeremiah Sirles are out for sure. Jake Cotton is questionable. Zach Sterup will likely get his first career start at right tackle while Andrew Rodriguez again plays right guard. All we know for sure is the Huskers will line up five linemen when they take the field for their first possession. The Spartans, with the top-rated defense in the country, has to be licking their lips to get a shot at such a hodge-podge of player up front.
EDGE: MICHIGAN STATE
When Michigan St. has the ball
Michigan State doesn’t have a particularly explosive offense, but the Spartans are tough and physical up front. That’s something that gave the Huskers problems against Minnesota. The Spartans also don’t turn the ball over very often. Quarterback Connor Cook has 13 TD passes with just three interceptions and the Spartans have fumbled just eight times and lost six of those. The Huskers have picked off 12 passes, but have recovered just three of 12 opponent fumbles. Have the Huskers turned the corner on defense? That remains to be seen, but they should be able to hold their own against Michigan State.
The Huskers have won all seven all-time meetings with the Spartans, including wins in each of the last two seasons. You can rest assured the Michigan State players haven’t forgotten those losses. particularly last year’s when the Huskers scored with just 5 seconds left in the game. But both teams have plenty of incentive. The winner has the inside track to the Legends Division title with just two games left in the regular season. The Huskers, who were almost left for dead until the Hail Mary pass to beat Northwestern, are in the race for the division title. You can’t ask for much more at this point.
EDGE: MICHIGAN STATE
Overall outlook: Their is no real reason to expect a lot of points in this game. The Huskers may need a couple of turnovers to have a shot to win.. PREDICTION: NEBRASKA 13, MICHIGAN STATE 12.
- Independent Sports Editor Bob Hamar
Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 am
Ndamukong Suh is arguably the greatest defensive player in the history of the Nebraska football program.
Suh’s 2009 season would back that up. He led the Huskers with 85 tackles that season, including 24 tackles for loss, 12 sacks with 26 quarterback hurries, three blocked kicks and 10 pass breakups from his position at defensive tackle.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00 am.