Michigan, without starting quarterback Denard Robinson for the entire second half because of injury, has suffered its first loss in Big Ten play.
Robinson left the game late in the second quarter with what ESPN reported was an aggravation of a nerve injury in his right (throwing) elbow. Robinson was injured when he took a hit on a seven-yard run.
Backup Russell Bellomy took over the offense and struggled, throwing three interceptions in a 23-9 loss at Nebraska in a Big Ten Legends Division game.
The 20th-ranked Wolverines are 5-3, 3-1 Big Ten, while Nebraska is 6-2, 3-1. Clearly, the Cornhuskers now have the tie-break advantage should the two teams remained tied in the division.
Overlooked was a solid performance by the Michigan defense, which early in the fourth quarter forced a punt on a sack by Craig Roh that threw Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez for a 10-yard loss and out of field-goal range.
With Michigan still in the game trailing 16-9, Bellomy opened the Wolverines’ next drive with an interception that gave the Cornhuskers the ball at the U-M 47. Nebraska scored a touchdown that essentially put the game out of reach.
Bellomy finally appeared to get in a rhythm on the ensuing drive, leading the Wolverines to the Nebraska 28-yard line, but he threw his third interception of the game, this time on a deep throw in the end zone.
Brendan Gibbons was the only point-scorer for the Wolverines, who have gone eight quarters without a touchdown. Gibbons, who kicked the game-winner against Michigan State a week earlier, had three field goals for the Wolverines.
Bellomy was 3-of-16 for 38 yards and three interceptions.Michigan had 188 total yards, including 95 rushing.