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Best and worst of 2012: Nebraska

1/3/2013

We're continuing our series looking at the best and worst moments of the 2012 season for each Big Ten team. Next in our series: the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Best moment: Taylor to Turner for the win

Nebraska made comebacks their specialty this season, and there was no more thrilling conclusion to one of those cardiac Cornhusker moments than at Michigan State on Nov. 3. The Spartans led 24-14 after Le'Veon Bell scored a touchdown less than a minute into the fourth quarter. That deficit seemed like too much for even the Huskers, since they were on the road and had to go against the top defense in the league. But Taylor Martinez led two scoring drives in the final 7:02, including the game-winning, 5-yard pass to Jamal Turner with six seconds to go. "I can't believe that I won the game," Turner said afterward. "I've been dreaming about this my whole life." That touchdown was set up by a controversial pass interference call against Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, who was covering Kenny Bell in the end zone. Nebraska likely would have had to settle for a game-tying field goal attempt if not for that call. Instead, the Cornhuskers further tightened their grip on the Legends Division race, which they would never relinquish.

Worst moment: Indy-struction

70-31. Like the infamous 62-36 loss to Colorado, pretty much all you have to do is say the numbers, and every Nebraska fan will instantly know you're talking about the 2012 Big Ten championship game loss to Wisconsin. And they won't want to think any more about it. We don't need to drudge up all the details here and put Huskers supporters through the wringer again. But Nebraska had won six straight games going to Indianapolis, and the team looked well on its way to making the Rose Bowl. One of the worst defensive performances in school history later, and everything changed.

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