Huskers Stage Big Comeback to Beat Wisconsin
In a game that was reminiscient of the outing against Ohio State a year ago, the Huskers staged a big comeback to beat Wisconsin on homecoming night 30-27. Taylor Martinez was maligned going into the game by Badger defensive end David Gilbert. For a while, Gilbert seemed prophetic. By the end of the game though, Martinez had made a number of big plays to lead his team to victory.
It was a familiar refrain for the Huskers in the first half. Sloppy play that included turnovers allowed the Badgers to jump out to a 20-3 lead. This included fumbles and key penalties. Montee Ball wasn't running all over the field, but he did manage three touchdowns, including one that put Wisconsin up 27-10 early in the third quarter.
A heavy dose of rushing by Martinez, Ameer Abdullah and Rex Burkhead (particularly in the second half) allowed NU's offense to get on track. The defense similarly dialed in, stuffing running plays behind the line and getting enough pressure on passers to keep U-Dub from scoring in the last 25 minutes of play.
No Martinez didn't have a hyper-efficient or wildly productive passing day. But he was solid enough to make some big throws, including two touchdown passes. He rushed for 100 yards and a score. Brett Maher bounced back from a long field goal miss to nail three clutch treys which ended up being the final margin.
Early in the third quarter it seemed like the season, not just the game, might be slipping away. Now, the Huskers remain in the hunt for a division title going into a touch matchup at Ohio State. This game wasn't as easy as some predicted, but you won't hear head coach Bo Pelini complain about the outcome. Another one to remember under the lights in Lincoln.