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    Michigan Wolverines force crucial turnover in final moments, pull out victory over Nebraska Cornhuskers

    Lincoln, Neb. — The second half became a pinball game of scores and lead changes, and in the end, Michigan’s defense made a final stop to preserve the Wolverines’ unbeaten record.

    Michigan, ranked No. 9, beat Nebraska 32-29 Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in the toughest game the Wolverines have had this season. They are 6-0, 3-0 Big Ten.

    Michigan wide receiver Mike Sainristil (5) celebrates after catching a pass against Nebraska during the first half.

    With three minutes left and the score tied, 29-29, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez fumbled and safety Brad Hawkins made the recovery, giving the Wolverines the ball at the Nebraska 18-yard line with 1:45 left.

    Michigan regained the lead for keeps, 32-29, on Jake Moody’s 39-yard field goal, his fourth of the game.

    The Wolverines finished with 465 yards, including 210 rushing. Hassan Haskins had 123 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns and Blake Corum rushed 13 times for 89 yards and a touchdown.

    The Cornhuskers, who trailed 13-0 at halftime, scored 22 points in the third quarter to take a 22-19 lead with just less than a minute left in the quarter.

    Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara threw his first interception of his college career, picked off by Deontai Williams, who returned it to the Michigan 13-yard line. One play later, Nebraska took the lead on a pass from Adrian Martinez to Levi Falck and then Martinez made the two-point conversion. It marked the first time Michigan has trailed this season.

    BOX SCORE: Michigan 32, Nebraska 29

    The Wolverines responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive and Corum scored on a 29-yard run to give Michigan the lead, 26-24, in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

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