Nebraska stuns Michigan State in final seconds

Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with 6 seconds left, giving No. 21 Nebraska a 28-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday night that kept the Cornhuskers tied with Michigan atop the Big Ten Legends Division.

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The Cornhuskers scored two touchdowns in the final 7:02 to erase a 24-14 deficit. The winning score was set up by a pass interference call in the end zone on Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, which gave Nebraska the ball at the 5 when the Cornhuskers would have otherwise had to attempt a tying field goal.

Le’Veon Bell ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan State.

Martinez rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns, becoming Nebraska’s career leader in total offense.

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FINAL: Taylor Martinez broke out against Michigan State, piling up 214 rushing yards and scoring two touchdowns to lead No. 21 Nebraska to a 28-24 victory on Saturday at Spartan Stadium. Le’Veon Bell was a bright spot in defeat for the Spartans, as he rushed for 185 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The Cornhuskers didn’t capture the lead until the fourth quarter. With six seconds to go, Martinez threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner to give Nebraska a 28-24 lead.

Michigan State’s Andrew Maxwell was good for 123 yards during the game, completing nine of 27 passes. Maxwell finished the game with one touchdown and no interceptions.

Darqueze Dennard showed good hands on defense for the Spartans, picking off two Nebraska passes. On a critical drive in the third quarter, he intercepted Martinez on first-and-10.

Michigan State’s offense finished the game having gained 354 yards. The Spartans’ rushing attack contributed 231 yards on 42 carries in addition to Maxwell’s passing effort.

The Cornhuskers racked up 483 total yards. Along with Martinez’s stats in the passing game, Nebraska also added 323 yards rushing on 39 attempts.

The Cornhuskers’ Martinez went 16 of 36 through the air for a total of 160 yards. Martinez finished the game with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Martinez’s favorite target on the day was Kenny Bell. He hauled in five catches for 31 yards.

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Kat on 11/3/2012 @ 7:47pm EDT Said:

fantastic comeback!!!! hard on the blood pressure though…..GO BIG RED!!!!!

Husker Girl on 11/3/2012 @ 8:37pm EDT Said:

Reminded me of the Husker Sooner games of old!

Robert on 11/4/2012 @ 12:02pm EDT Said:

Had to take an extra blood pressure pill myself!!! Great Character for a group of young men.

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