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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Third quarter update: Huskers rallying back

By Adam Rittenberg

LINCOLN, Neb. -- It's getting a bit more interesting here at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska has cut its deficit to seven points after looking completely beaten early in the quarter. Linebacker Lavonte David, one of few Huskers defenders to make big plays this season, triggered the comeback by stripping Braxton Miller on a first-down run and recovering the fumble.

Making matters worse for Ohio State, Miller left the game with an apparent right leg injury on the next possession. Senior Joe Bauserman replaced the freshman, who has been very effective with his legs tonight.

Nebraska's defense must continue to make plays and avoid silly penalties, like a late hit late in the quarter to put Ohio State in Huskers territory. The Buckeyes still are imposing their will at the line of scrimmage.

Taylor Martinez and the Nebraska offense have the ability to strike quickly, and Martinez found his rhythm at the end of the quarter with a touchdown run and a scoring strike to Quincy Enunwa, who is quickly becoming his favorite target.

Buckeyes lead 27-20 and have the ball in Nebraska territory.

Settle in for a fun fourth quarter ...