You can call it luck, you can call it a great win – but whatever it was that propelled Nebraska to a 30-27 win over Wisconsin – it was a taste of Big Red Redemption following last year's 48-17 loss to the Badgers in Madison.
The Huskers trailed by 17 points with 10:29 left in the third quarter and somehow completed a miraculous come-from-behind win that was reminiscent of the way the Huskers won their first Big Ten game last year against Ohio State.
Following two rushing touchdowns by Montee Ball, which put Wisconsin up 14-0, the prospects of a win looked bleak. The Huskers got down by 17 points when Jared Abbrederis caught a 29-yard pass from Joel Stave. Rex Burkhead got the Wisconsin lead to just 10 points at 20-10 at the half.
It wasn't until Taylor Martinez found the end zone on a quick-strike 38-yard touchdown run, capping a 4 play, 77 yard drive that was executed in just less than 90 seconds. Kyler Reed then caught a 10-yard pass from Martinez cutting the Wisconsin lead to just 3 points at 27-24. Brett Maher then connected on a 38-yard field goal to tie the game at 27-all, and then Maher connected from 41 yards away to take the first lead of the game at 30-27, eventually proving to be the game winning score.
The victory tied the second-largest comeback in school history, trailing only the 21 point deficit against the Buckeyes at Memorial Stadium last year.
Nebraska's win against Wisconsin marks the program's 850th all-time victory. The Huskers are the fourth team to reach that plateau, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.
It was a much-needed win for the Huskers who now begin Big Ten Conference play with a 1-0 record, take their game on the road next Saturday to face Ohio State in Columbus.