Top performers from Nebraska's 17-13 win on Saturday at Michigan:
DE Randy Gregory: With the improved play of the Blackshirts as a whole, it’s time for the sophomore newcomer to receive some attention on a stage beyond Nebraska. Gregory is fast becoming one of the top defensive linemen in the Big Ten. He sacked Devin Gardner three times and manhandled Michigan blockers all day. With his combination of size and speed, Gregory is a nightmare for an offensive lineman. So the Wolverines tried a few times to pit him against a back in pass protection. Bad idea.
IB Ameer Abdullah: The junior ranks as a primary factor in the Huskers’ ability to stay afloat offensively in spite of injuries that continue to mount. Abdullah scored the winning touchdown and rushed for 105 yards, his eighth 100-yard game of the season and 14th of his career. Abdullah moved into third place of the Huskers’ all-purpose yardage chart behind Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers and Mike Rozier. His nine-game rushing total of 1,213 yards is sixth in Nebraska history.
DT Thad Randle: The oft-injured senior got to Gardner for a sack, one of a season-high seven recorded by the Huskers, and added another tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Randle, who has fought knee problems since early in his career, consistently won battles at the line of scrimmage and helped the Huskers get a push that held Michigan to minus-21 rushing yards, the lowest total by a Nebraska opponent since Troy State in 2001.