Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications

- Nebraska trailed 27-10 with 10:29 left in the third quarter. The comeback from a 17-point deficit for a 30-27 victory tied the second-largest comeback in school history, trailing only Nebraska's rally from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter last season against Ohio State.

- The win improved Nebraska to 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in Big Ten Conference play. It also improved Nebraska to 3-0 against Wisconsin in Lincoln and to 4-3 against the Badgers overall.  The Huskers also improved to 3-2 in conference openers under Head Coach Bo Pelini.

- Nebraska's win was its 10th straight in home night games at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers are now 12-2 at home in night games under Bo Pelini and 36-5 overall in home night games.

- The win tonight 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.

- Nebraska rushed for 259 yards, giving the Huskers at least 250 rushing yards in each of the first five games this season. The five-game stretch with at least 250 yards rushing marks the Huskers' longest streak since rushing for 250 yards or more in seven straight games in 2002. The Huskers rushed for 189 yards in the second half

- Nebraska scored 30 points in tonight's and has topped 30 points in each of its first five games. The last time Nebraska had reached 30 points in five straight games was a stretch spanning the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

- Nebraska finished with 440 yards of total offense in tonight's game and has topped 400 yards in each of the first five games of the season. The last time Nebraska had a longer stretch of 400-yard total offense games was a seven-game stretch during the 2008 season.

- Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 17-of-29 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns, including a three-yard TD toss to Rex Burkhead in the second quarter and a 10-yard TD pass to Kyler Reed in the third quarter. Martinez increased his career passing total to 4,779 yards and moved into fourth place on the NU career passing list, moving past Jerry Tagge's total of 4,704 career passing yards. Martinez now has 34 career passing touchdowns to tie for fifth.

- Martinez also rushed 13 times for 107 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The 107 rushing yards by Martinez marked the 10th 100-yard rushing game of Martinez's career. Martinez's rushing touchdown in the third quarter was his third of the season and the 24th of his Nebraska career. With his 107 yards tonight, Martinez increased his career total to 2,137 yards, moving him into third place among NU quarterbacks in career rushing, trailing No. 2 Jammal Lord by 436 yards.

- Sophomore receiver Kenny Bell had four receptions for 57 yards in tonight's game. Bell extended his streak of having at least one catch to 17 straight games, including 10 games with at least three receptions in that stretch.

- Senior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed 18 times for 86 yards, including 63 yards in the second half. Burkhead added one three-yard touchdown catch on the night.

- Sophomore Ameer Abdullah had an 83-yard kickoff return to set up a field goal in the first quarter. Abdullah's 83-yard kickoff return was the second longest of his career, trailing only a 100-yard kickoff return against Fresno State last season. Abdullah finished the night with five KOR for 142 yards and three punt returns for 18 yards. He also had 10 carries for 70 rushing yards and three receptions for 22 yards to total 252 all-purpose yards for the Huskers.

- Senior tight end Kyler Reed caught two passes for 21 yards, including a 10-yard TD reception in the third quarter. The TD catch was the second of the season for Reed and the 11th of his career. Reed is three TD catches from the Nebraska career record of 14 receiving TDs by a tight end, set by Todd Millikan from 1985-88.

- Senior place-kicker Brett Maher had field goals of 26, 38 and 41 yards in tonight's game, marking Maher's second game with three field goals in 2012 and the fourth of his career. Maher has seven field goals this season and 26 in his career. Maher's 26 career field goals are tied with Gregg Barrios (1986-90) for fifth all-time at Nebraska . Maher added three extra points for 12 points in the game, giving him 150 career points to climb to 31st on the NU career scoring chart. Maher needs 20 more points to move into Nebraska's top 20.

- Senior linebacker Will Compton recorded 10 tackles in tonight's game, marking his third double-figure tackle game of the 2012 season. Compton added an 11-yard sack in the second quarter for his third sack for 26 yards lost this season. Compton pushed his career tackle total to 181 to move up five places to 40th on the NU career tackles list. Compton has a team-leading 44 tackles this season. Compton added a career high with his first two pass breakups of the year.

- Senior linebacker Alonzo Whaley had a career-high eight tackles, including his first career sack (8 yards in second quarter). Whaley's previous career high in tackles was six against Southern Miss in the season opener. Whaley also forced the first fumble of his career on Nebraska's final defensive play of the game to seal the victory. The fumble was recovered by Harvey Jackson. The first fumble recovery of Jackson's career.

- Sophomore cornerback Josh Mitchell recorded a career-high eight tackles, bettering his seven tackles against Arkansas State earlier this season.

- The Nebraska defense limited Wisconsin to 60 rushing yards on 38 carries, including just 16 rushing yards on 15 attempts in the second half. 

- The Nebraska defense recorded three sacks for 35 yards lost in tonight's game and has had at least three sacks in each of the first five games of the season. 

- Nebraska's 12-play, 93-yard scoring drive in the second quarter tied its longest of the season in terms of plays. Nebraska had a 12-play scoring drive against Arkansas State that covered 57 yards. The 93-yard scoring drive was the second-longest of the season, trailing only a 96-yard drive at UCLA. The Huskers added a second 12-play drive for a field goal in the fourth quarter.

- Tonight's attendance of 85,962 marked the fifth-largest home crowd in school history and the largest since Nov. 21, 2009 against Kansas State.

- Tonight's game captains were senior I-back Rex Burkhead, junior defensive back Ciante Evans and junior cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste.


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