October 28, 2012
Russell Bellomy's trial-by-fire does not end well
Every quarterback dreams of his first big break. That opportunity where they're called on to save the day, and they imagine they're Joe Montana, scrambling right, throwing across his body and to the end zone, into the awaiting hands of a teammate for the game-winning touchdown.
They don't envision finishing their first extended action in a collegiate uniform with a 1.20 passer rating. Not 120.0, but 1.20. That was the final tally for redshirt freshman Russell Bellomy on a day he was called on to step in for an injured Denard Robinson.
Bellomy's stat line was ugly - 3 for 16 (18.8 percent) for 38 yards, with three interceptions - with his completion percentage the lowest by any U-M quarterback with at least 10 pass attempts in a game since Rick Leach was 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) in a 14-6 loss to Oklahoma in 1975. Leach also threw two picks that day and had 33 yards.
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