Huskers Explode in Second Half in Unforgettable Win Over Ohio State
Nebraska fans have waited a lifetime to watch their team beat Ohio State. In the only two meetings between the schools more than 50 years ago, the Buckeyes won both contests. OSU looked well on its way to a third win leading 27-6. Then Lavonte David came up with a fumble. Taylor Martinez cashed it in for six points. Rex Burkhead got going and before long the Huskers found themselves winners of a 34-27 game.
It was a tale of two halves. Seemingly everything went right for Ohio State in the first half and wrong for Nebraska. When OSU added a field goal as time expired to take a 20-6 halftime lead, it seemed that it was not NU's night (or year).
From about the middle of the third quarter a complete role reversal took place. Helped by an injury to starting Buckeye quarterback Braxton Miller, the NU defense stiffened substantially and came up with turnovers. The Husker offense rolled up nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns in a quarter and a half.
While it might seem that Ohio State wilted late, they continued to be a hard hitting unit. In fact, some timely penalties for overly physical play ended up very costly for the Buckeyes. Still, Nebraska should be grateful to get two weeks to recover from this one.
There are a lot of big games yet to be played this year for the Big Red, but there can be no better way to open Big Ten play in Memorial Stadium than for the Huskers to get such a memorable win.