Nebraska made three fields goals in the third quarter to extend their lead to 16-9 after three quarters.
Nebraska kicker Brett Maher has converted field goals from 19, 51 and 31 yards in the third quarter to extend the Cornhuskers' one-point halftime lead.
Michigan answered on its final possession of the third quarter when Brendan Gibbons kicked his third field goal of game, this one from 38-yards, to get Michigan within a touchdown heading into the final quarter.
The Wolverines have been without starting quarterback Denard Robinson, who left the game late in the second quarter with what was reported to be a cut on his elbow. Robinson was 6-of-11 passing for 55 yards and rushed 10 times for 46 yards before leaving the game with the injury. Backup quarterback Russell Bellomy is 1-of-11 for 12 yards and an interception, while rushing three times for minus-16 yards.
The Michigan offense has struggled without Robinson, as they have only accumulated 145 yards of offense through three quarters.
Nebraska opened the scoring in the opening minutes of the second quarter when Taylor Martinez found Kenny Bell for a 32-yard touchdown reception to put the Cornhuskers up 7-0 over Michigan with 13:46 left in the second quarter.
Michigan answered with consecutive field goals to cut Nebraska's lead to 7-6 after two quarters.
Brenden Gibbons made a career-long 52-yard field goal to conclude a 9-play, 44-yard drive by Michigan to cut Nebraska's lead to 7-3 with 8:21 left in the game. Michigan kicker Matt Wile had missed a 53-yard attempt in the first quarter.
Gibbons made his second field goal of the game from 24-yards to cut Nebraska's lead to 7-6 after backup quarterback Russell Bellomy failed to score on three tries from the Nebraska 8-yard line.
Michigan was held without points after a 11-play, 49-yard drive, as kicker Matt Wile missed a 53-yard field goal to keep the game scoreless with 4:42 left in the first quarter.
Nebraska had one first down and 34 yards of total offense in the first quarter. Taylor Martinez opened the game 2-of-3 passing for 26 yards while rushing twice for 11 yards.
Michigan had 59 yards of total offense in first quarter. Denard Robinson led the Wolverines with seven rushes for 34 yards while passing for minus-4 yards on one completion.
Both teams punted twice in the first quarter.
Michigan leads the Big Ten Legends division with a 3-0 conference record, while Nebraska is second at 2-1. The winner of this game will control its own fate for the division title which guarantees a birth in the Big Ten championship game.