Published Saturday, October 27, 2012 AT 10:38 PM / Updated at 12:47 AM
Game Replay: Nebraska 23, Michigan 9
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

Noticed: Michigan returner Jeremy Gallon wasn’t prepared for Brett Maher’s rugby punting in the first half. Maher hit a bullet in the first quarter, which Gallon muffed. Fortunately for Michigan, the ball bounced out of bounds at the 2-yard line. Maher also drilled a running 47-yarder in the second quarter.

Peculiar play: P.J. Smith found a gift early in the third quarter. On third-and-2 for Michigan, quarterback Russell Bellomy tried to hit running back Vincent Smith for a conversion. The receiver corralled it, but when he hit the turf, the ball bounced straight up in the air. Smith was there for the interception. He returned it 53 yards, setting up a Husker field goal.

Questionable call: As Nebraska attempted a two-minute drill at the end of the first half, Taylor Martinez got tied up by Michigan’s Quinton Washington. In live action, Martinez’s right knee appeared down before the ball popped out. Officials called fumble. They reviewed it but didn’t have a camera angle that showed Martinez’s knee. Michigan took over.

Questionable call II: In the second quarter, Michigan’s offense was flagged for holding on third-and-6 at the Nebraska 36. Bo Pelini had a choice. Accept the penalty and push the Wolverines back for a third-and-16. Or decline and give Michigan a fourth-and-6. Bo declined and Michigan connected on a 52-yard field goal.

Questionable call III: Personal fouls for “targeting the head” are necessary in this age of concussions. But officials have gone too far — they flagged Nebraska twice. It’s an issue they need to discuss in the offseason.

Rave review: Baker Steinkuhler was active all night, beating Michigan at the point of attack and penetrating the backfield. In the fourth quarter, his quarterback pressure forced an interception.

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