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Huskers Edge Nittany Lions, 32-23

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Nebraska Post-Game Notes

Nebraska vs. Penn State, Nov. 10, 2012

 

Nebraska trailed by 20-6 at halftime before rallying for a 32-23 victory over Penn State. The Huskers produced their fourth second-half rally from a double-digit deficit in Big Ten play this season. It marks the third time this season NU has trailed by 14 or more points in the second half and won the game (Wisconsin-17, Michigan State-14). Entering the season, Nebraska had come back from 14-point second-half deficits just four times since 1951.

 

Nebraska improved to 8-7 in the all-time series with Penn State. The Huskers are 5-2 all-time against PSU at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. NU has won three straight games against Penn State. The Huskers improved to 6-0 at home this season, Nebraska's first 6-0 start at home since 2003. 

 

Nebraska rushed for 267 yards against PSU, marking the ninth time in 10 games the Huskers have rushed for at least 200 yards. Nebraska entered the game averaging a Big Ten-leading 269.6 yards per game on the ground, while Penn State was allowing just 123.6 rushing yards per game entering the contest.

 

Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 116 yards, while junior quarterback Taylor Martinez added 104 yards on the ground to give the Huskers their fourth double-100-yard game of the season (UCLA, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Penn State). It is the second straight week that Abdullah and Martinez have both gone over 100 yards, and the third time the Huskers have produced double-100-yard rushers in Big Ten play. The four double-100 games are the most by the Huskers in a season since 2001 (Dahrran Diedrick, Eric Crouch). NU improved to 71-2 all-time when two players rush for 100 yards.

 

Nebraska players have accounted for a total of 13 100-yard rushing games this season, and Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher in each of the past nine games, its longest streak since having a 100-yard rusher in 20 straight games spanning the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

 

Abdullah carried a career-high 31 times for 116 yards against PSU. He increased his season rushing total to 942 yards and became the 60th player in school history with 1,000 career rushing yards. Abdullah has 1,092 career rushing yards. He owns six 100-yard rushing games this season, including 100-yard games in each of the first five starts of his career, the longest streak of 100-yard games to open a career by a starter since Lawrence Phillips had 11 in 1994.

 

Martinez rushed 15 times for 104 yards for his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 12th of his career. He has 770 rushing yards on the year and 2,609 yards in his career.

 

Martinez completed 12-of-20 passes for 171 yards against Penn State. He increased his career passing total to 5,832 yards and needs just 18 yards to match Zac Taylor's previous Nebraska career passing record of 5,850 yards.

 

Martinez accounted for 275 yards of total offense against Penn State. Martinez increased his season total offense total to 2,882 yards, marking the most ever for a Nebraska junior, passing the previous record of 2,774 yards by Jammal Lord in 2002. Martinez now holds total offense records for a freshman, sophomore and junior at Nebraska. Martinez's 2,882 yards of total offense ranks fourth on the NU single-season list.

 

Freshman I-back Imani Cross rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter (1, 2 yards) giving him four touchdowns this season. Cross carried eight times for 22 yards in the game. Entering the game, Cross had four carries for 20 yards in five Big Ten games.

 

Senior place-kicker Brett Maher connected on field goals of 32, 27 and 33 yards against PSU. It marked the ninth game of Maher's career with at least two field goals and the sixth with three or more, including 4 in 2012. Maher is now 15-of-21 on field goals this season. He increased his career field goal total to 34. With his 12 points, Maher increased his season total to 90 and his career scoring total to 190. Maher is now No. 19 on the NU carer scoring list and needs just 10 more points to become the 15th Husker in history with 200 career points.

 

Sophomore receiver Kenny Bell had two receptions for 31 yards, marking Bell's 22nd straight game with at least one reception. Bell continues to move up the career receptions and receiving lists. After his effort against PSU, Bell is tied for 16th with Irving Fryar with 67 career receptions. He ranks 13th in career receiving yardage with 1,114 yards. Bell has 653 receiving yards this season and has moved into 10th on the NU single-season receiving yardage list. He needs just 13 more yards to pass Johnny Rodgers' NU sophomore single-season record of 665 yards in 1970.

 

Nebraska had a 15-play, 51-yard drive for a field goal on its first possession of the game. The 15-play drive was NU's longest of the season in terms of plays, bettering five drives of 12 plays each.

 

Nebraska senior tight end Kyler Reed had two receptions for 60 yards, including a 56-yard reception in the fourth quarter. With his 60 receiving yards against Penn State, Reed became the fifth tight end in Nebraska history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards. Reed has 1,007 career yards

 

Nebraska safety Daimion Stafford had a third-quarter interception which he returned to the Penn State 4 to set up a touchdown. The interception was the second of the season and career for Stafford. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone forced by David Santos late in the fourth to stop a potential go-ahead score by the Nittany Lions. He finished the game with eight tackles and one breakup.

 

Nebraska junior defensive back Ciante Evans recorded a career-high 10 tackles against Penn State, bettering his previous career high of seven tackles against Arkansas State earlier this season. He added a quarterback hurry in the game.

 

Senior linebacker Will Compton tied Evans for the team lead with 10 tackles against PSU, for Compton's fifth double-figure tackle game of the season. Compton increased his career tackle total to 220 and will move into NU's career top 20 with his next tackle. Compton added his third fumble recovery of the season, the most by a Husker since linebacker Stewart Bradley had four in 2006. 

 

Penn State completed 18-of-37 passes in the game marking the eighth team in 10 games to complete 50 percent or less of their passes. Nebraska entered the game allowing opponents to complete just 46.0 percent of their pass attempts, while Penn State was completing 61 percent of its passes. 

 

Nebraska was a +1 in turnover margin against Penn State. Nebraska forced two Penn State fumbles inside the Nebraska 5-yard line, while Nebraska lost a fumble at the PSU 1. Nebraska scored 10 points off PSU's turnovers. Penn State managed seven points off of NU's two total turnovers. 

 

Today's game captains were defensive back Andrew Green, offensive tackle Andrew Rodriguez, linebacker Micah Kreikemeier and tight end Conor McDermott. 

 

Nebraska completes its home schedule against Minnesota next Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on BTN.

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