The Michigan Wolverines typically have an explosive offense, but they have struggled heavily to put up points in recent weeks. The team has failed to score a touchdown in its past two games and needed four field goals to beat the Michigan State Spartans two weeks ago.
On Saturday, against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, they weren’t so fortunate. The Wolverines managed just nine points and posted a season low 188 total yards. The defeat put them in a tie with the Cornhuskers for the Legends division lead, but Nebraska now owns the tiebreaker. Part of the blame can be attributed to Denard Robinson leaving the game early because of injury, but the offense looked out of sync to begin with. When red-shirt freshman quarterback Russell Bellomy came on in relief the Wolverines posted just 44 more yards.
More troubling than anything may be the fact that Wolverines have been able to move the ball at times, yet they seem to hit a roadblock in the red zone. In the Spartans game they had drives that reached the six and three yard lines, but could not convert. Against the Cornhuskers they managed to get down to the eight at one point, only again they were not able to turn that drive into a touchdown. More play action near the goal line could be something for Michigan to consider because defenses seem to be keying on the run in that area.
Michigan had been able to get away with just an average passing attack earlier in the season thanks to Robinson’s 129 rushing yards per game. Going forward it seems clear though that will they have to make some plays through the air to get their offense going.
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