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Huskers Drop Big Ten Title

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*Tonight's loss dropped Nebraska to 2-5 all-time in conference championship games, including a 2-4 record in Big 12 title games and tonight's loss in the Big Ten Championship Game.

 

*The loss to Wisconsin evened the all-time series between the two schools at four wins apiece.

 

*Wisconsin's 42 first-half points were the most against Nebraska since Oklahoma scored an opponent-record 49 points in the first half on Nov. 1, 2008. Wisconsin's 70 points in the game tied for the second-most Nebraska has allowed in school history (also 70 at Kansas, Nov. 3, 2007).

 

*Nebraska will learn its bowl destination on Sunday. The Huskers' bowl trip will be their 49th all-time bowl appearance.

 

*Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez rushed for 140 yards on 19 carries in tonight's game, including a 76-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and an 11-yard TD run in the third quarter. Martinez's 76-yard touchdown run was his second-longest run of the season, trailing a career-long 92-yard TD run at UCLA. Martinez has four rushes this season of at least 50 yards, and nine career runs of 50 yards or more.

 

*Martinez's 100-yard rushing game was the 13th of his career, tying him for the eighth-most in Nebraska history. Martinez has five 100-yard rushing games this season, including two against Wisconsin (107 yards in first meeting).

 

*With his 140 rushing yards tonight, Martinez increased his season rushing total to 973, good for the fourth-most by a quarterback in a season. Martinez is 27 yards from recording the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a quarterback in NU history.

 

*Martinez increased his career rushing total to 2,812, moving him up from 13th to ninth on the NU career rushing list.

 

*Martinez became the ninth Husker to record 30 or more career rushing touchdowns in tonight's game. His 31 rushing touchdowns are eighth in school history. 

 

*Martinez has rushed for 10 touchdowns this season, while passing for 21 scores. His 31 touchdowns this season tie for the most accounted for in a season in Nebraska history (Eric Crouch also accounted for 31 touchdowns in 2000)

 

*Martinez also completed 17-of-33 passes for 184 yards, giving him 324 yards of total offense to increase his season total offense mark to 3,640 yards of total offense, good for second on the Nebraska single-season list. Martinez trails only Joe Ganz's school record of 3,826 yards in 2008 and Martinez needs 187 yards in the bowl game to surpass Ganz.

 

*Senior I-back Rex Burkhead rushed 11 times for 61 yards in tonight's game. With his 61 yards, Burkhead increased his career rushing total to 3,189 yards, moving him into fifth place on the Nebraska career rushing list. In tonight's game Burkhead passed Calvin Jones who had 3,153 career rushing yards from 1991 to 1993.

 

*Nebraska rushed for 282 yards in tonight's game, marking Nebraska's 11th 200-yard rushing game in 13 contests.

 

*Senior place-kicker Brett Maher scored six points in tonight's game on a 32-yard field goal in the first quarter and three PATS. Maher increased his season scoring total to 111 points, moving him into the top 10 on the NU season scoring list. His 111 points this season rank eighth on the NU single-season list and are second among kickers (116 is kicker record, Kris Brown, 1997).

 

*Maher has 19 field goals this season to rank in a tie for second on the NU single-season list, trailing only Alex Henery's school-record 24 field goals in 2009.

 

*Senior tight end Kyler Reed caught two passes for 29 yards in tonight's game. With his totals tonight, Reed increased his career receiving total to 1,060 yards and his career receptions total to 66 to move into the top 10 on both career lists. Reed's 66 career receptions moved him to second in school history among tight ends.

 

*Wisconsin completed 8-of-10 passes to become just the third team in 13 games to complete better than 50 percent of their pass attempts against Nebraska.

 

*Wisconsin rushed for 539 yards, the most rushing yards against Nebraska in school history, bettering Oklahoma's 506 rushing yards against Nebraska on Nov. 24, 1956.

 

*Tonight's game captains were senior tight end Ben Cotton, senior I-back Rex Burkhead, senior linebacker Will Compton and senior safety P.J. Smith.

 

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