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Nebraska ruled out starting quarterback for Michigan game

Nebraska ruled out starting quarterback for Michigan game

Nebraska’s chances of pulling off an upset at Michigan on Saturday appear to have taken a hit.

Cornhuskers interim coach Mickey Joseph said Thursday that starting quarterback Casey Thompson will miss his second straight game with an injury.

The transfer from Texas suffered the injury on Oct. 29 against Illinois and Joseph said it affected his ability to grip the ball.

Without Thompson last week against Minnesota, Nebraska played two quarterbacks, but both struggled in a 20-13 loss to Minnesota.

Redshirt freshman Chubba Purdy, a former four-star recruit, got the start but completed just 6 of 16 attempts for 41 yards and an interception. He was replaced by redshirt sophomore Logan Smathers, another former four-star prospect, who didn’t fare much better.

Smothers finished 5 of 10 passing for 80 yards. Each quarterback was sacked twice. Joseph did not name a starter Thursday for Saturday’s game.

The production from Smothers and Purdy was a significant drop from Thompson, who ranks fifth in the Big Ten in average passing yards per game (252.9). He has thrown for 12 touchdowns and a conference-high 10 interceptions.

Regardless of who is behind center, Nebraska (3-6, 2-4 Big Ten) is still going to be a big underdog against the third-ranked Wolverines. The Cornhuskers are last in the Big Ten in total defense and 13th in scoring defense. They have lost three in a row.

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