Wisconsin vs. Nebraska: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Wisconsin 27, Nebraska 30 -- Final
The Wisconsin Badgers fought until the end against No. 22 Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday. Taylor Martinez had a huge ballgame for the Cornhuskers in the win, taking over the game in the second half.
The Badgers fought hard in the game but were unable to come up with a win in their first Big Ten contest of the season.
This was the second biggest comeback in Nebraska history.
A big turnover leads to the Nebraska win.
Danny O'Brien for Wisconsin is overthrowing the ball a bit. That is to be expected from a guy that has come straight off the bench.
There was a pass interference call against Nebraska here that will give the Wisconsin offense the first down. Another sign that bad secondary play and penalties are killing Nebraska.
A key right now for the Badgers is that starter Joel Stave is out with an injury.
The reserve quarterback for Wisconsin will come in and try and lead the game tying drive.
O'Brien is the new Wisconsin quarterback.
Nebraska is churning up yards on the ground late in this game.
Martinez has hit some big throws over the Wisconsin defense, but he has found a lot of space in between Badgers defenders and his receivers.
He has been a great dual threat for the Nebraska offense tonight.
That was a huge intentional grounding call against Wisconsin.
The Badgers are unable to convert and the fourth quarter is slipping away from the Badgers.
Wisconsin comes out gunning and is making plays against this Nebraska defense. The Cornhuskers secondary is hurting this team right now.
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The Nebraska special teams have proven to be big in this game.
The field goal units have been very consistent and Ameer Abdullah has been dangerous in the return game.
Nebraska has the lead mid-way through the fourth quarter.
A big third and long right here for the Nebraska offense.
Martinez has made a lot of big plays in this drive so far, but Nebraska needed the magic to continue, and it didn't.
This is going to be a very long field goal try for the Cornhuskers.
Rex Burkhead is running like a beast for Nebraska right now.
The Huskers are looking strong when they let Burkhead take the ball up the middle.
There is a lot of time left in the game, and Nebraska is driving.
Big holding call right there against Nebraska. What was a 3rd and short was a 3rd and long.
An amazing play that starts with a Cornhuskers fumble flips to Martinez and he is able to pick up the first down.
That was one of the more amazing plays of the day.
Nebraska just rocked Joel Stave.
A delayed blitz came in from the outside of the tackle and nailed the Wisconsin quarterback.
Wisconsin is now punting away to a dangerous Nebraska offense.
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The Cornhuskers were able to snag a big score and tie the ball game after a Taylor Martinez led drive got them into scoring position.
The Nebraska defense has worked magic against the Wisconsin offense so far in the second half. They need to continue to focus on the Badgers run on the early downs, and bring a lot of pressure in the late downs.
The Cornhuskers look to be finding the groove.
Taylor Martinez is beginning to look the part for Nebraska.
He has put together two strong drives for the Cornhuskers and has set them up for a score in both drives.
Nebraska has needed this rejuvenation, can they continue and grab the lead?
The Cornhuskers just had a huge stop on third down.
There is a lot of football remaining in this game and the Nebraska team has gained the momentum.
Say what you will about the effect that momentum has on a game, but believing that you can win a football game goes a long way toward winning one.
Nebraska has gained back that confidence.
Taylor Martinez tossed his second touchdown of the game, getting the game within three points late in the third quarter.
The Cornhuskers looked out of this contest, but now the Badgers are on their heels, despite holding the lead.
Can the Huskers hold on defense or will Joel Stave lead the Badgers on another scoring drive?
Wisconsin did a good job reading that quarterback option run.
Nebraska is driving right now and they need points, but a touchdown would be a big swing for Nebraska.
There is enough time to get back the lead, but a touchdown makes a statement.
Nebraska is showing a bit of life on offense, but they have to make this crucial first down.
Wisconsin is in a key position right now.
The Badgers have had some success running the football, but it has been very sporadic. It would be a surprise if the Badgers get a way from the pass.
I say air it out.
Taylor Martinez draws the Huskers within 10 for the second time in this game. The Cornhuskers are searching for life and that big play following a penalty did if for the Nebraska team.
There is still a lack of consistency for the Nebraska offense to this point, so being down by 10 is a concern.
If the Huskers defense can get a big turnover, Nebraska will be back in this game.
That is one of the new helmet-to-helmet hit calls that are occurring in college football. It is a new rule that came with this season's wave of changes.
While the Wisconsin defender did pop Kenny Bell on that play, I don't know if I like that call. One of those football plays that is now getting taken away.
The Badgers stretch the lead as they recover a Nebraska fumble inside the Cornhuskers 20 yard line.
The Wisconsin defense is making a lot of plays in this game. Nebraska is gifting a lot of plays to the Badgers.
This is not looking like a happy ending for Nebraska.
Cool uniforms though.
Big fumble recovery there for Wisconsin.
Nebraska is not finding anything on offense and Taylor Martinez turns the ball over here.
There is not much that Nebraska can do right. The Badgers are inside the Huskers 20 yard line.
This was a huge stop for the Cornhuskers defense. For some reason the Badgers assumed that a draw play with Montee Ball would confuse the Nebraska defense.
Nebraska gets the ball back around the 10 yard line. Can Martinez keep the ball rolling from deep in his own territory?
Key First Half Stats
Passing: 10-of-13 for 75 yards and one touchdown
Rushing: 17 carries for 68 yards
Time of Possession: 13:16
3rd Down: 1-of-5
Total Yards: 143
Passing: 9-or-15 for 161 yards and one touchdown
Rushing: 23 carries for 45 yards and two touchdowns
Time of Possession: 16:44
3rd Down: 3-of-8
Total Yards: 206
That was a stupid call for Wisconsin right there.
Not sure why the Badgers would want to try a trick play to earn the score. That could have led to a bad turnover for the Badgers.
In the end, the Badgers kicker misses the field goal, giving them no points to end the long drive.
Nebraska gets a break, but they won't survive this contest on breaks.
They take a knee and go into halftime down by 10.
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