staff, September 29, 2012

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.



FINAL: Montee Ball carried the load for No. 23 Wisconsin, finishing with 95 rushing yards and three touchdowns, but No. 20 Nebraska rallied from 17 points down to beat Wisconsin, 30-27, on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Taylor Martinez carried the ball nine times for 100 yards and scored one touchdown, to go along with 181 passing yards and two scoring strikes.

The Cornhuskers' offense finished the game having gained 429 yards. Nebraska complemented Martinez's passing with 247 yards rushing on 42 attempts.

Joel Stave threw for 212 yards while completing 12 of 23 passes for the Badgers. Stave finished the game with one touchdown and no interceptions. Jared Abbrederis was a key target for Stave. He caught seven passes for 141 yards and one touchdown.

Wisconsin finished with 315 total yards, including 237 yards passing while completing 15 of 28 attempts. The Badgers rushed 39 times for just 78 yards.

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