Huskers earn Blackshirts following win over Michigan
By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
PJ Smith had an interception in Nebraska's win.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -
Following the win against Northwestern, Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini tried to give his team the Blackshirts. The defense wanted to earn them. They did just that Saturday night.
For the second time all season and first in Big Ten play, the Huskers held an opponent out of the endzone in a 23-9 upset win over the 22nd ranked Wolverines.
With Denard Robinson injuring his throwing elbow late in the first half, the Blackshirts took full advantage of backup Russell Bellomy, picking the freshman off three times, while holding Michigan to just 188 total yards of offense.
"I tried to give them to them last week, but they didn't want them," Pelini said. "They said they didn't think they'd earned them yet. That's how I feel about it. It shows the character of our kids and the type of standards they have."
"We felt like last year when they gave us the Blackshirts, we went down and laid a goose egg the next game. When they gave it out to us, we were like we don't deserve it," safety P.J. Smith said. "Let's shut down Michigan. If we shut down Michigan we deserve to get it and that's exactly what we did. And that was our mind frame, just shut them down. And we did that and we walked in the locker room and they were in there."
Nebraska will look to pick up its third straight conference win on the road against Michigan State on Saturday.
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