No. 2 game of 2012: Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27
BTN/BTN2Go is airing the top 10 football games of 2012, and the countdown is down to No. 2: Nebraska’s 30-27 come-from-behind win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener. Watch the game at 8 p.m. ET tonight, and the No. 1 game at the same time Sunday. Until then, relive the improbably second-half comeback in this post.
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NEBRASKA 30, WISCONSIN 27
Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to lead No. 22 Nebraska’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to defeat the Badgers 30-27 on Saturday night. Martinez scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the tying and go-ahead field goals. Maher’s 41-yarder with 9:41 left gave the Huskers (3-1, 1-0) their first lead in the Big Ten opener.
Danny O’Brien, who replaced Joel Stave, tried to bring back the Badgers (3-2, 0-1) with under 3 minutes to play. But Montee Ball fumbled at midfield on a fourth-and-1, and Martinez took a knee three times to run out the last minute.
Martinez ran for 107 yards and threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Stave passed for 214 yards and a touchdown.
Leading passer: Joel Stave, 12-23, 213 yards, 1 TD
Leading rusher: Taylor Martinez, 13 car., 107 yards, 1 TD
Leading receiver: Jared Abbrederis, 7 rec., 142 yards, 1 TD