Quick Hits: No. 22 Nebraska 30, Wisconsin 27
Nebraska scores 20 unanswered points to come back and beat Wisconsin in Big Ten opener.
|Taylor Martinez helped lead a late comeback for Nebraska. (US Presswire)|
NEBRASKA WON: Things didn't look good for Nebraska early. Halfway through the first quarter
However, when Wisconsin opened the second half with another touchdown to take a 27-10 it felt as if this one was over, but in fact the only thing that had come to an end was Wisconsin's scoring. The Cornhuskers would score 20 unanswered points over a 15-minute span, taking a 30-27 lead with 9:41 remaining thanks to Brett Maher's third field goal of the night.
WHY NEBRASKA WON: The Nebraska defense had a bad first half, but it made the necessary adjustments in the second half. Most importantly it put an end to Wisconsin's running game, as the Badgers finished the day with only 57 yards on 41 carries -- only 1.4 yards per carry. By forcing Joel Stave to take control of Wisconsin's offense it gave the Nebraska offense a chance to work its way back into this game, and that's exactly what it did. Wisconsin would manage only 108 yards of offense in the second half, finishing the day with 296 yards. Nebraska amassed 287 yards of its 440 in the second half.
WHEN NEBRASKA WON: Wisconsin faced a fourth and 1 at midfield in the final minutes. That's when the Badgers decided to go to their Heisman finalist running back to pick up the yard, but it looked as though nobody told Montee Ball. Ball took the ball from Danny O'Brien like he was expecting a play action fake. He would fumble the ball and Nebraska would recover, putting an end to this contest.
WHAT NEBRASKA WON: With Michigan State losing earlier in the day and Michigan having the week off, this was a nice conference win for the Cornhuskers to pick up. Nebraska is now tied atop the division with Northwestern and Iowa at 1-0, and already has a game in hand on the Spartans. Something that may come into play later this season.
WHAT WISCONSIN LOST: For the first 30 minutes of this game it looked like Wisconsin had shaken off the sub-par play of the first four weeks. Then the second half came and the same bad Wisconsin team we'd seen in 2012 returned. Considering that the only 1-0 teams in the Leaders Division right now aren't eligible for post season play -- Ohio State and Penn State -- this loss isn't devastating for the Badgers, but there can't be much confidence in Madison right now.
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