ANN ARBOR — So … where to start?
Michigan went into the locker room for halftime up 39-0 in its Big Ten opener against Nebraska. As a sea of maize-colored fan gear covered the stadium for a “maize out” at The Big House, the Wolverines find themselves covering the 19-point spread (x2) with an entire half left to play.
It’s not what anyone expected. This is not a blowout, it’s a Big Red Bloodbath in Ann Arbor.
Michigan scored five touchdowns, kicked a field goal and forced a safety in its most dominant half of football since it was up 43 points on Rutgers at halftime in 2016.
Here’s three quick takeaways from Michigan’s most impressive half of the season.
Karan Higdon is back for more
After missing last week’s game due to injury, Michigan senior running back Karan Higdon was back in a?big?way in the first half.
He tallied 136 yards on 12 carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Higdon is averaging 11.3 yards per carry — meaning he’s getting more than a first down on each hand off.
Michigan’s defense is back in form
Nebraska’s offensive line has been nothing short of terrible so far. While a lot of that has to do the lack of talent on the line, it has more to do with Michigan’s stacked defensive front and consistent pressure.
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown is taking no prisoners today — he even sent junior linebacker Devin Bush on a blitz on 3rd down & 27.
The Huskers aren’t very good, but these numbers are staggering …
Nebraska ended the first half with 17 total yards (23 passing, -6 rushing), averaging 0.7 yards per play.
The Wolverines have to keep their cool and play smart while avoiding injuries here in what should be a pretty academic second half.
Expect the backups to start seeing time sooner than later.