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One Last Look at the Badgers

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Posted by: Matt Lothrop

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How the Huskers looked in their alternate uniforms is still up for debate.

How the Huskers played in the first half was no split decision.

A first quarter fumble, a shaky secondary, and some special teams blunders put the Huskers down 10 points at halftime. But unlike last season's Big Ten opener, the Huskers didn't fold under the pressure.

"I just remember sitting there and in my eyes, I didn't get caught up too much," senior linebacker Will Compton said. "We had so much football left to play, and we knew that we were shooting ourselves in the foot."

In the locker room Coach Bo Pelini reminded his team of last season's Ohio State game.

The comparisons are almost uncanny.

The Big Ten home opener.

Homecoming.

A night game.

A double-digit deficit.

"I said it. We've been in tougher positions than that before," Pelini said. "The situation we were in, a lot of it  was self imposed."

On the sidelines talk of the 2011 comeback continued.

"It was pretty much everyone," junior quarterback Taylor Martinez said. "You could just hear people chattering about it."

On the field, Taylor Martinez orchestrated a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives to pull the Huskers within three.

"Just that we've been in this situation before against Ohio State," Martinez said. "Pretty much the exact same point. We knew that we had done it before and we could do it again."

Brett Maher would tie the game and give the Huskers their first lead with a pair of field goals.

In 2011 Lavonte David forced a fumble that would change the season for Nebraska. The Huskers would turn that turnover into points in a 34–27 win.

Saturday again the Huskers needed a defensive stop and again they got it from a senior. With a little more than 60 seconds to go Alonzo Whaley helped force this fumble to seal a 30–27 win.

It's too early to tell if Whaley's forced fumble will change the Husker season in the way that David's did.

It may not need to. Unlike in 2011 the Huskers start league play 1–0 and not 0–1.

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