2013 Schedule, All Times TBA
Sat, Aug 31 Wyoming at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Sep 07 Southern Miss at Hattiesburg, Miss.
Sat, Sep 14 UCLA at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Sep 21 South Dakota State Memorial Stadium
Sat, Oct 05 Illinois Memorial Stadium
Sat, Oct 12 Purdue at West Lafayette, Ind.
Sat, Oct 26 Minnesota at Minneapolis, Minn.
Sat, Nov 02 Northwestern at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Nov 09 Michigan at Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sat, Nov 16 Michigan State at Memorial Stadium
Sat, Nov 23 Penn State at State College, Pa.
Sat, Nov 30 Iowa at Memorial Stadium
2014 Nebraska Schedule, All Times TBA
Aug. 30 Florida Atlantic
Sept. 6 McNeese State
Sept. 13 at Fresno State
Sept. 20 Miami, Fla.
Sept. 27 Illinois
Oct. 4 at Michigan State
Oct. 11 BYE
Oct. 18 at Northwestern
Oct. 25 Rutgers
Nov. 1 Purdue
Nov. 8 BYE
Nov. 15 at Wisconsin
Nov. 22 Minnesota
Nov. 28 (Fri.) at Iowa
Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship
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Another fourt\\h-quarter road rally. Another Big Ten win.
most dramatic in a series of second-half comebacks in conference play, No. 21 Nebraska rallied from 10
points down in the final eight minutes to knock off Michigan State, 28-24, at
Spartan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez lofted a heavenly
pass to the left side of the end zone for sophomore wide receiver Jamal Turner
from five yards out with six ticks left on the clock to secure Nebraska's fourth
In the latest in a series of
historic come-from-behind victories, Martinez's clutch connection with Turner
moved the 2012 Huskers to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten. It also secured
NU's third double-digit, second-half comeback in four Big Ten victories,
following a 12-point fourth-quarter rally at Northwestern on Oct. 27, and a
17-point third-quarter comeback against Wisconsin in NU's Big Ten home opener on
also completed a monster day for the junior quarterback from Corona,
Calif., against one of the nation's stingiest defenses. The Spartans entered the
contest allowing just 91.2 rushing yards per game through the first nine
contests and only 267 yards of total offense and 15 points per
Martinez personally accounted for 205 rushing yards
and two scores, while throwing for 160 yards and two more touchdowns against the
Spartans. Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah accounted for another 110 yards on the
ground for the Big Red, his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season, as
Nebraska amassed 313 rushing yards against MSU for the day.
The Huskers rolled up 473 total yards against the
Spartans for the game, including 214 in the fourth quarter alone. Michigan State
finished with 361 total yards, but just 30 in the final period.
Despite accounting for 365 yards of total
offense and having a hand in all four of Nebraska's scores, Martinez's day was full of
ups and downs. He went just
16-for-36 through the air against MSU, and was victimized by three
interceptions, including two in the second half by Darqueze
But as Martinez has proven time
and time again over the past month in Big Ten play, he has the ability to
overcome adversity and lead the Huskers to victory.
On Nebraska's second offensive drive of the day,
Martinez marched the Huskers to the Michigan State 21, but on 2nd-and-22 from
the MSU 33, he was picked off by Kurtis Drummond. The Spartans converted the
interception into points, rolling 68 yards in 10 plays capped by Le'Veon Bell's
11-yard rumble into the end zone. Bell finished
the day with 188 yards on 36 carries to go along with two touchdowns.
Michigan State took a 7-0 lead with 4:28 left in the
quarter and did not trail in the game until Nebraska's final offensive play of
It didn't take long for Martinez to atone for the
interception. After Abdullah rushed for 12 yards on the first play of the
ensuing drive, Martinez sprinted 59 yards to the MSU 4 on the next play - his
first of three long runs on the afternoon. Martinez then connected with Abdullah
on a two-yard touchdown pass two plays later to tie the score with 2:07 left in
the first quarter.
Martinez marched the Huskers again on their opening
drive of the second quarter, but the Huskers stalled at the MSU 13, and Brett
Maher uncharacteristically missed on a 30-yard field goal attempt to keep the
But not for long, as MSU's battering
ram running back Bell carried three times for 49 yards on the first three plays of MSU's ensuing drive. Then Spartan
quarterback Andrew Maxwell hit Tony Lippett on a 46-yard strike between
double-coverage in the end zone to put MSU back up 14-7 with 6:56 to play in the
half. Maxwell completed just 9-of-27 passes for 123 yards on the afternoon, but
did not throw an interception.
After both defenses produced
three-and-outs, Martinez struck again, racing 71 yards for a touchdown down the
right sideline on 2nd-and-8 from the NU 29, tying the score at 14 with 3:11 left
in the half.
The two teams went to the locker
room tied at half, and the Huskers had already accounted for a game's worth of
total offense against the vaunted Spartan defense. Martinez rushed for 156 yards
on just eight first-half carries, while completing 8-of-16 passes for 52 yards,
accounting for 208 total yards. The Huskers totaled 263 yards on 37 first-half
Bell also had a big half,
rushing for 105 yards on 14 carries, while Maxwell completed 6-of-14 passes for
89 yards and a score, as MSU produced 208 total yards against the
Michigan State regained a
measure of control by marching 68 yards in 11 plays on the opening drive of the
third quarter. The Blackshirts stiffened to keep MSU out of the end zone,
holding on 3rd-and-Goal at the NU 7. Dan Conroy, who had missed a 48-yard field
goal early in the first quarter - converted on a 25-yarder to give the Spartans
a 17-14 lead with 10:21 left in the third quarter.
The defenses dominated the rest
of the quarter, and Dennard provided one of the game's biggest plays when he
made a highlight-reel interception on a pass from Martinez intended for Quincy
Enunwa deep down the middle of the field. Dennard hauled in the interception at
the MSU 32 and quickly spun around before returning the catch 30 yards to the NU
Bell carried six times for 18
yards on the ensuing drive, bulling his way into the end zone from one yard out
with 14:20 left in the game to put the Spartans up 24-14. Bell's second
touchdown came on his 29th carry of the game and pushed his rushing total to 164
The Spartans controlled the
third quarter, amassing 122 yards of total offense while holding the Huskers to
minus-four total yards. But while Michigan State won the third quarter, Nebraska
owned the fourth.
the following possession, Martinez marched Nebraska into scoring position,
driving all the way to the MSU 5. But on 2nd-and-Goal Dennard struck again,
jumping a Husker route before dodging and weaving his way to the end zone
for what appeared to be a game-clinching touchdown and a 31-14 Spartan lead.
But near the spot of the interception, Michigan State was flagged for a personal
foul, putting the Spartans 1st-and-10 at the MSU 10.
The Blackshirts stepped up and forced a
three-and-out. After the MSU punt, Martinez regained his composure and drove the
Huskers 58 yards in just six plays, capped by his 35-yard touchdown run to
narrow the gap to 24-21 with 7:02 left. Martinez and Abdullah accounted for all
58 yards on the ground for the Huskers.
The Blackshirts forced another three-and-out, and
after Tim Marlowe's 19-yard return of a 60-yard Mike Sadler punt, Martinez and
the Huskers started with solid field position at the NU 39. The Huskers picked
up one quick first down, but a one-yard pickup by Abdullah and back-to-back
incompletions, the Huskers were faced with 4th-and-9 at the MSU 44. Martinez hit
Enunwa on a short completion, but it was not enough for a first down and
Michigan State took over at its own 40 with just 3:12 left in the
Like they had done all day, the Spartans turned to
Bell and the bruising back rumbled 13 yards on his first two carries to pick up
a first down and push the ball into NU territory. The Spartans went to Bell two
more times, setting up a 3rd-and-6 at the NU 43. MSU handed to Bell one more
time, but he came up with just four yards and no first down. Nebraska spent its
final timeout with 1:27 left, but Martinez and the Huskers would get the ball
back one more time.
Sadler booted his punt 39 yards into the end zone for
a touchdown, but the Huskers needed 80 yards in 1:20 with no timeouts to keep
their hopes of a Big Ten title alive.
Martinez hit Enunwa with a 22-yard strike on the
sideline to start the drive, but after a rush for no gain and back-to-back
incompletions, the Huskers were faced with 4th-and-10 at the NU 42 with 40
In one of the most clutch throws of his career,
Martinez connected with senior tight end Kyler Reed for a 38-yard strike to put
NU 1st-and-10 at the MSU 20. Two more incompletions left the Huskers 3rd-and-10,
and Martinez's pass to Kenny Bell in the right side of the end zone fell
incomplete. However, Michigan State was flagged for pass interference, keeping
NU's drive alive at the MSU 5. For the
game, Michigan was penalized nine times for 100 yards, while Nebraska was
flagged nine times for 72 yards.
After an incompletion intended
for Reed in the back of the end zone, Martinez hit Turner on the winning pass
with six seconds left to secure another come-from-behind victory, while giving
the Huskers their first lead of the game.
Coming into the 2012 campaign, a
storied Nebraska program that now has more than 850 all-time victories, had
produced just four double-digit, fourth-quarter comebacks in school history. The
Huskers have now done it twice in back-to-back road games.
time the Huskers took to the road, they matched the biggest
fourth-quarter rally in school history, clawing their way back from a
28-16 deficit with six minutes to go in a 29-28 win at
Nebraska notched its first conference home win and
its first of three momentous comebacks in the Big Ten home opener against
Wisconsin on Sept. 29. The Huskers trailed the Badgers 27-10 with less than nine
minutes to play in the third quarter, before tying the game at 27 by the end of
the third. A Maher fourth-quarter field goal completed the 17-point rally, which
tied for the second-largest comeback in school history.