Michigan's Brad Hawkins shares thoughts on game-changing forced fumble vs. Nebraska
Michigan needed several big plays to defeat Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday night, but perhaps none bigger than Brad Hawkins’ forced fumble late in the fourth quarter.
Hawkins forced Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez to fumble with under two minutes remaining in a tie game. Michigan then was in range to win the game with a field goal — and that’s exactly what it did.
Here’s a clip of the fumble:
1:45 left in a tie game on the road. There's not a Michigan fan alive who wasn't expecting the worst.
Brad Hawkins makes the play of his career. pic.twitter.com/6tQemb3UFX
— Due# (@JDue51) October 10, 2021
After the game, Hawkins was asked about the play.
“Just practicing how you play,” Hawkins said, via 247Sports. “Practice all week, every single day. We practice punching at the ball, stripping the ball and taking the ball. In that moment, just punching at the ball, stripping at the ball out and it came free. Just practicing how you play, and it came to fruition.”
Martinez also discussed the play after the game and acknowledged that he thought the play was over.
It’s a career-defining moment for Hawkins, who is in his fifth year with the Wolverines. This was his second forced fumble of the season — and his career.
Michigan is now 6-0 on the season. The Wolverines are idle in Week 7 before hosting Northwestern in Week 8.