Quincy Enunwa picks up 30 yards on a first-quarter reception.

Nebraska 29
Northwestern 28

Oct. 20, 2012 - 2:30 p.m. Central
Ryan Field | Evanston, IL | ABC/ESPN2
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 3 7 6 13 29
Northwestern 7 7 7 7 28
1st quarter
NEB: Maher 27 field goal, 11:21 
NWN: Vitale 10 pass from Siemian (Budzien kick) 1:35
2nd quarter
NEB: Bell 37 pass from Martinez (Maher kick) 8:25
NWN: Jones 26 pass from Siemian (Budzien kick) 1:25
3rd quarter
NWN: Mark 80 run (Budzien kick) 12:17
NEB: Martinez 3 run (run failed) 1:09
4th quarter
NWN: Trumpy 3 run (Budzien kick) 8:31
NEB: Allen 8 pass from Martinez (Maher kick) 5:55
NEB: Cotton 7 pass from Martinez (pass failed) 2:08

                             NEB      NWN
First downs.................. 26       14
  By rushing ................ 12        6 
  By passing ................ 12        6 
  By penalty ................. 2        2 
Rushes-Yards (net)....... 44-201   38-180
  Average per rush.......... 4.6      4.7
Passing yards (net)......... 342      121
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 39-27-0  37-16-0
Total offense ........... 83-543   75-301
  Average gain per play .... 6.5      4.0
Fumble returns-Yards........ 0-0      0-0
Punt returns-Yards......... 3--5     3-24
Kickoff returns-Yards...... 5-74     3-59
Int. returns-Yards.......... 0-0      0-0
Punts-Average............ 9-42.2  12-38.8
Fumbles-Lost................ 3-3      1-0
Penalties-Yards............ 8-62     5-45
Possession time........... 32:25    27:35
Third-down conversions.. 3 of 14  5 of 20
Fourth-down conversions.. 0 of 1   2 of 2
Red-zone scores-Chances..... 4-4      2-2
  Touchdowns ............... 3-4      2-2
  Field goals .............. 1-4      0-2 
Sacks by: Number-Yards...... 1-2     3-24

RUSHING
NEB: A.Abdullah 19-101; T.Martinez 18-65; B.Heard 1-18; R.Burkhead 4-13; I.Cross 1-3; K.Bell 1-1.

NWN: V.Mark 16-118; K.Colter 14-35; M.Trumpy 6-16; T.Siemian 2-11. 

PASSING
NEB: T.Martinez 27-39-0-342. 

NWN: T.Siemian 15-35-0-116; K.Colter 1-2-0-5.

RECEIVING
NEB: Q.Enunwa 6-110; K.Bell 6-77; A.Abdullah 5-21; J.Turner 3-56; K.Reed 2-36; T.Marlowe 2-23; T.Allen 1-8; B.Cotton 1-7; S.Osborne 1-4.

NWN: R.Lawrence 4-41; T.Jones 3-36; K.Colter 3-17; D.Vitale 2-14; C.Jones 2-5; K.Prater 1-4; C.Dickerson 1-4.

Attendance: 47,330

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Martinez Leads Late Comeback Against Cats: Taylor Martinez accounted for more than 400 total-offense yards and rallied Nebraska from 12 points down midway through the fourth quarter for a 29-28 win at Northwestern.

It was Nebraska’s second double-digit rally in Big Ten play this season and the Huskers’ first road win of the year. It matched the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history.

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2012 schedule
09/01 S. Miss W 49-20
09/08 @ UCLA L 30-36
09/15 Arkansas St. W 42-13
09/22 Idaho St. W 73-7
09/29 Wisconsin W 30-27
10/06 @ Ohio St. L 38-63
10/20 @ Northwestern W 29-28
10/27 Michigan W 23-9
11/03 @ Michigan St. W 28-24
11/10 Penn St. W 32-23
11/17 Minnesota W 38-14
11/23 @ Iowa W 13-7
12/01 @ Wisconsin L 31-70
01/01 Georgia L 31-45
Will Compton breaks up a pass intended for Kain Colter in the game's final seconds.

Commentary

Stryker

This is a devilishly hard team to figure out, let alone have confidence in.

HuskerMax
Hamar

The Huskers made plays when they had to. They also had all those mistakes that made a comeback necessary.

Grand Island Independent
Haugh

The Big Red Army made so much noise after Nebraska took the lead that Northwestern players needed to use a ‘silent count.’

Chicago Tribune
Dienhart

Go ahead and dream a little, Cornhuskers fans. It’s OK. This team may have turned a big corner on this day.

Shatel

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you outlast yourself.

Omaha World-Herald
Sipple

Wild mood swings? We’ve come to expect them from Pelini’s teams. But this was ridiculous.

Lincoln Journal Star
Chatelain

The actual events at Ryan Field should give you less hope – not more – about the long-term future of the program.

Omaha World-Herald
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