Saturday, October 8, 2011
Huskers complete historic comeback
By Adam Rittenberg
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska looked dead in the water. The Huskers were being humiliated on their home field.
And then, Lavonte David stripped Braxton Miller and pounced on the ball. Moments later, Miller injured his right ankle and hobbled off the field.
And just like that, momentum swung toward Big Red.
Down 27-6 in the third quarter, Nebraska rallied with 28 unanswered points to win 34-27 in its Big Ten home debut. It marked the biggest comeback in team history, and it occurred in Nebraska's first Big Ten home game as a member of the conference. The previous record came against Texas A&M in 2002, when Nebraska erased a 17-point deficit.
One team's season possibly saved, another team's misery prolonged.
Ohio State, which performed so well for the first 35 minutes or so, is 0-2 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2004. The Scarlet and Gray simply can't buy a break right now, as they looked absolutely shell-shocked after Miller's injury.
The offense went nowhere with Joe Bauserman. The defense lost its edge against Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead. And a team that looked so poised early became fragile and melted down.
Credit Nebraska for capitalizing on a favorable situation. That's what good teams can do. While the Huskers have a lot to fix, they can enter the bye week with some confidence after blitzing the Buckeyes in the final 24 minutes. Martinez and Burkhead were huge in this one.
What a game. Back with much more from a joyous Memorial Stadium.