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           === Nebraska rallies in second half to top Penn State ===
 
 Lincoln,  NE  (Sports  Network)  -  Taylor  Martinez  threw  the  game-winning
 touchdown  pass  to Jamal  Turner  early  in the  fourth  quarter,  as No.  18
 Nebraska rallied to upend Penn State, 32-23, at Memorial Stadium.
 
 The  Cornhuskers  (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten)  used their vaunted running game in windy
 conditions  to rally from a 14-point halftime deficit and come away with their
 fourth straight win.
 
 Martinez gained 104 of Nebraska's 267 rushing yards while passing for 171 more
 on 12-of-20 throws. Ameer Abdullah carried the ball 31 times for 116 yards and
 Imani Cross scored twice on the ground.
 
 Matt  McGloin tossed for 240 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 18-
 of-37  attempts for Penn State (6-4, 4-2), which turned the ball over twice in
 the red zone to fall for the second time in three games.
 
 "You can't turn the ball over inside the red zone," Penn State head coach Bill
 O'Brien  said. "At  the end of the day  you have to come away with scores when
 you  are  playing Nebraska, a  team that  is probably going  to score a lot of
 points."
 
 Zach Zwinak ran for 141 yards and a TD on 21 carries in defeat.
 
 For  the  third time in  four games  the Cornhuskers overcame a fourth-quarter
 deficit to win and stay atop the Legends Division in the Big Ten.
 
 They  trailed, 23-20, following Sam Ficken's 35-yard field goal midway through
 in  the third, and Martinez lost a fumble in the end zone on the first play of
 the fourth.
 
 But  when Nebraska got  the ball back, Martinez hit Kyler Reed down the middle
 for  a 56-yard  gain down to the  10-yard line. On 3rd-and-goal from the five,
 Martinez  fired  a strike  to Turner  in the end  zone, giving the Cornhuskers
 their first lead with 10:57 remaining.
 
 Penn  State drove down the field and nearly regained the lead when Matt Lehman
 took  a short  pass and dove for the  goal line. Just as the tight end reached
 the  plane, however,  the ball  was knocked  out and  Nebraska safety  Daimion
 Stafford recovered in the end zone. The play was upheld upon review.
 
 "We  felt  like it was over  the goal line,  they (the referees) did not think
 they  could reverse it though," O'Brien said. "There wasn't enough evidence to
 reverse the call."
 
 Brett Maher's 69-yard punt pinned Penn State at its own 2-yard line with 5 1/2
 minutes  remaining,  and on the  second snap  McGloin was pressured by Cameron
 Meredith  and forced  to throw the ball away. The quarterback was whistled for
 intentional grounding in the end zone, resulting in a safety.
 
 The  Nittany Lions got  the ball back at their own 20 with 3:44 remaining, but
 quickly  turned  the ball over  on downs, and Maher  tacked on a 33-yard field
 goal in the final minute.
 
 Penn  State,  playing exactly one year  after legendary head coach Joe Paterno
 was  fired, scored less than two minutes in when Zwinak broke through the line
 of scrimmage and sprinted 50 yards up the middle for a touchdown.
 
 Zwinak  lost a fumble in the red zone on the next possession, but the turnover
 was one of the few mistakes made by the visitors in the first half.
 
 Ficken made a 27-yard field goal to give Penn State a 10-6 lead midway through
 the second quarter, and a muffed punt by Nebraska's Tim Marlowe a little later
 set up Jesse James' 10-yard touchdown catch.
 
 A  three-and-out followed by a bad punt allowed the Nittany Lions to tack on a
 38-yard Ficken field goal just before the half.
 
 The Cornhuskers settled for a pair of Maher field goals in the first half -- a
 32-yarder  on its first  possession and a 27-yarder to cap an 84-yard march in
 the second quarter.
 
 Things began turning in their favor when Cross finished off an 8-play, 75-yard
 drive with a 1-yard plunge over the goal line early in the third quarter.
 
 Stafford  picked  off McGloin  on the  ensuing drive and  returned the pick 22
 yards  to the  Penn State four, and Cross  took it in from the two for a 20-20
 tie.
 
 "To  pull even...basically  within the first six minutes (of the second half),
 was big for us psychologically," Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini said.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 O'Brien  was  trying to  join  Earle  Bruce as  the  only  first-year Big  Ten
 coaches  since  1950 to  win their  first four conference  road games ... Penn
 State  has  outscored their opponents, 157-39,  in the first half ... Nebraska
 is  7-0  at home  ... Penn State's  Allen Robinson led  all receivers with six
 catches  for  97 yards  ...  Nebraska  converted  half  of its  18  third-down
 tries  ... Penn State went 6-of-15 on third down conversions ... Nebraska held
 the ball for 34:19.
 
 
 11/10 23:42:05 ET

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