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Updated: Nebraska storms back against Wisconsin

Joel Stave, Montee Ball AP

Updated 11:52 p.m. ET: Remember how Wisconsin looked more like its (recently) old self in the first half of tonight’s game against No. 22 Nebraska?

Yeah, about that.

The Huskers stormed back from 17 points down to score 20 unanswered points on its way to a 30-27 win over the Badgers. Nebraska’s defense did a much better job on Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave and kept the Badgers running game from ever getting a full head of steam.

Taylor Martinez accounted for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns in the win and continues to be one of the most improved players in the Big Ten this season.


Through four games this season, Wisconsin looked nothing like a 3-1 football team, or like a traditional Wisconsin team for that matter. The Badgers haven’t been able to run the ball consistently, which only further made the lack of a passing that much more glaring.

At least part of that has changed against No. 22 Nebraska.

Aided by a Rex Burkhead fumble, Wisconsin has jumped out to a 20-10 halftime lead over the Huskers. While the Badgers running game is still trying to get going, quarterback Joel Stave has had a solid first half. He’s getting a lot of help from his receivers, too. Jared Abbrederis has over 100 receiving yards already.

The Huskers were able to claw back into it with a late Burkhead score, but this first half has mostly belonged to Wisconsin. From a fired O-line coach to the benching of starting quarterback Danny O’Brien, not much has gone right for Bret Bielema‘s team this season. Getting a road win tonight against a top-25 team would be a nice place to start a turnaround.

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7 Responses to “Updated: Nebraska storms back against Wisconsin”
  1. mute617 says: Sep 29, 2012 11:21 PM

    At this rate the Badgers are going to give it away

  2. manchestermiracle says: Sep 29, 2012 11:36 PM

    Bzzzzt…Wrong. The Badgers of last year would have sewn this up in the first half. The Badgers of this year are making Nebraska look better than they are and are about to lose the game. Montee Ball apparently has no peripheral vision at all. How many times in the second half alone did he run up one of his blockers’ backs instead of breaking to the outside?

  3. manchestermiracle says: Sep 29, 2012 11:39 PM

    And just fumbled away Wisconsin’s last gasp chance.

  4. stangerjohn says: Sep 29, 2012 11:50 PM

    wound not have been close if not for huge husker mistakes

  5. huskersrock1 says: Sep 30, 2012 12:52 AM

    The Huskers showed a lot of character in their comeback, Nebraska is not a great team, but the season isn’t over prematurely.

  6. m2thejallday says: Sep 30, 2012 12:58 AM

    Great game! Go huskers!

  7. brewcrewfan54 says: Sep 30, 2012 1:07 AM

    Badgers are terrible this year. Ball has read his blockers poorly but thats because this offensive line isn’t giving him much to work with. Bielmma and Canada need to be fired. Not tommorow, today. Its the same old problems with Bielema. No halftime adjustments and piss poor clock management. How mich longer do we have to watch this giy suck?

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