As he does every Saturday during the college football season, BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart offers his Snap Reactions to every Big Ten game. Read his thoughts from today’s early games and find out what he saw from Nebraska’s comeback win over Wisconsin in this post.
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.
Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez threw for 82 yards and one touchdown and ran for 44 yards and one touchdown in the quarter, and the two teams are tied 27-27 at the end of the third. The Cornhuskers have scored 17 straight points.
It came in a losing effort, but Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland ‘s tackle on Nebraska’s Rex Burkhead Saturday night may go down as the defensive play of the year. Hyperbole, you say? Yes, we’re only one week into the Big Ten season, but the violent hurdling tackle was that great. And the fact it came against one of the Big Ten’s elite running backs makes it all the better. Do yourself a favor and watch the tackle now. You won’t regret it.
Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederis led the offense in the second quarter. He caught three passes for 47 yards and one touchdown, and the Badgers now lead 20-10. Wisconsin added to its advantage when Joel Stave tossed a 29-yard touchdown to Abbrederis, polishing off a nine-play, 66-yard drive to give the Badgers the lead, 20-3.
No. 23 Wisconsin stifled No. 20 Nebraska’s offense, giving up just 38 total yards in the first quarter and the Badgers lead 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Wisconsin sniffed out the Cornhuskers’ rushing attack in the quarter, holding Nebraska to 21 rush yards. The Badgers scored when Montee Ball ran two yards to paydirt to clinch a five-play, 71-yard drive, giving Wisconsin the game’s first lead. The key play on the Badgers’ drive was Joel Stave’s 54-yard pass.
Earlier this week I helped take a look at who might land in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship game. Well, the road to that big game starts Saturday as Big Ten teams put a rocky non-conference run behind them and focus on pounding on each other. In this post, I take a close look at all six games, and then I’m headed to East Lansing to cover Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday.
Add a Twitter hashtag to the growing list of new features we’ll see during Saturday’s highly anticipated Wisconsin-Nebraska Big Ten opener. That’s right, “#Huskers” has been added to the field at Memorial Stadium. And the hashtag should get plenty of play on the social media site, what with the two teams wearing much-talked-about adidas alternate uniforms and special cleats.
Conference play is here – and not a moment too soon. I don’t say that for the reasons you might think (though I’m certainly not complaining about not having to discuss which game this weekend is most important for the Big Ten’s national reputation).
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio joined “BTNLive” Tuesday night, and the head coach was much more talkative than the last time we saw him in front of the camera. Dantonio, of course, conducted a very short postgame press conference (Watch it) following Saturday’s lackluster victory over Eastern Michigan.
Another Saturday looms. And, I have questions. Here are my most pressing queries for the 11 teams in action entering Week 5, the first week of conference play.
Not a fan of the adidas alternate uniforms Wisconsin and Nebraska will wear Saturday night? Perhaps you’ll like the footwear more. On Friday, adidas announced the Badgers and Huskers’ black adiZero cleats will turn silver under the lights of Memorial Stadium.
After building up plenty of anticipation during its four-day slow reveal, Wisconsin unveiled its new adidas TECHFIT alternate uniform Monday. The Badgers will wear the new duds in their Big Ten opener Sept. 29 at Nebraska, which also will wear a new adidas alternate uniform. See pictures and videos of the uniform in this post, plus tell us if you like Wisconsin or Nebraska’s uni better.
Northwestern opened Big Ten Media Days in Chicago by unveiling its new uniforms, and Nebraska closed the two-day event by releasing its new alternate uniform. The Huskers will wear the new adidas red-on-red uniform, plus a new black helmet, for the Big Ten opener Sept. 29 against Wisconsin, which also will wear an adidas alternate uniform that has yet to be unveiled. See a picture and YouTube video of the new uniform in this post.