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           === Nebraska scores final 20 points to edge Wisconsin ===
 
 Lincoln,  NE (Sports  Network) - Brett Maher kicked a 41-yard field goal early
 in  the fourth  quarter,  and  22nd-ranked Nebraska  rallied  from a  17-point
 deficit to shock Wisconsin, 30-27, in the Big Ten opener for both teams.
 
 Montee  Ball rushed for three scores for the Badgers, but he never got hold of
 a  handoff  on a  4th-and-1 play near  midfield with just  over a minute left.
 Nebraska recovered and ran out the remaining time.
 
 Taylor  Martinez rushed  38 yards  for a  touchdown in  the third  quarter and
 passed  for another score in the same period for the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big
 Ten),  who netted  the game's final 20 points. Martinez ended 17-of-29 for 181
 yards  and a pair of scores through the air. He also rushed for 107 yards. Rex
 Burkhead gained 86 yards on 18 carries.
 
 "We made it hard on ourselves, but as a football team, we made a lot of
 mistakes in that game. We didn't play our best football, we didn't play nearly
 as well as we are capable of playing. But we got a 'W,' and we stayed the
 course as a football team," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said.
 
 Joel  Stave ended 12-of-23 for 214 yards with a TD for the Badgers (3-2, 0-1),
 who  also received  90 rushing yards on 32 carries from Ball. Jared Abbrederis
 caught seven passes for 142 yards and a TD.
 
 "They did well shutting us down in the second half,' Abbrederis said. "We have
 to come out and just have a better mentality. As an offense we had them, we
 were up, we were doing well, and we just have to keep it going. We just have
 to watch the film, see what we did wrong in the second half, and try to fix
 that."
 
 Martinez  was sacked  by  David  Gilbert and  fumbled  the  ball away,  giving
 Wisconsin  the ball at the Nebraska 13 early in the third quarter. Ball scored
 on  a 2-yard  run, but  the Cornhuskers  came back  with a  38-yard TD  run by
 Martinez up the middle.
 
 Following  a  Wisconsin punt,  the Cornhuskers  marched 75  yards in 10 plays.
 Martinez capped the drive with a 10-yard scoring toss to Kyler Reed with under
 four minutes left in the quarter for a 27-24 margin.
 
 Maher split the uprights from 38 yards with nearly a minute left in the third,
 and  Nebraska  used 12 plays  in moving 60  yards to go  in front early in the
 fourth.  Burkhead powered  over  the right  side  for a  21-yard  gain to  the
 Wisconsin  34.  Martinez added an 18-yard  rush, ahead of Maher's 41-yard boot
 with 9:41 to play.
 
 Wisconsin  punted  on its next  possession, but moved  to near midfield on its
 final  series. Danny  O'Brien's  pass  to Jordan  Fredrick  was  right at  the
 midfield  stripe, but upon  replay the ball was moved back a half-yard and the
 first down call was reversed.
 
 Linebacker  Alonzo Whaley then came free up the middle, disrupting the handoff
 to Ball. The Cornhuskers recovered and eclipsed the remaining 1:11 to seal a
 tie for the second-largest comeback win in school history.
 
 Ball  scored on runs of 2 and 1 yard in the opening quarter, the latter coming
 following a Burkhead fumble.
 
 Maher  kicked a  26-yard field goal later  in the first, but also missed a 52-
 yard try.
 
 Stave  found Abbrederis  for a 29-yard score in the second prior to Martinez's
 3-yard connection to Burkhead for a 20-10 game with 3:11 left in the half.
 
 Jack  Russell missed  a 41-yard field goal  attempt in the final minute of the
 half for the Cornhuskers.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Ball  has 67 career  touchdowns, tying him for fifth in NCAA history. He needs
 12 TDs to break the NCAA career record ... Nebraska leads the all-time series,
 4-3 ... Wisconsin's five-game conference win streak came to an end ... The win
 marked the 850th all-time victory in Nebraska school history. The Huskers are
 the fourth team to reach that figure, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.
 
 
 
 09/30 01:18:28 ET