Nebraska-Michigan State Post Game Notes

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Nebraska Post-Game Notes

Nebraska at Michigan State, Nov. 3, 2012


4Nebraska rallied from a 24-14 fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Michigan State, 28-24. The rally marked the third time this season in Big Ten Conference play that the Huskers had rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half (a 17-point rally from a third-quarter deficit vs. Wisconsin and a 12-point comeback from a fourth-quarter deficit against Northwestern). NU remained unbeaten against Michigan State, leading the all-time series 7-0, including 2-0 in East Lansing.


4Nebraska rushed for 313 yards, including 211 yards before halftime. Michigan State came into today's game allowing just 91.2 yards per game to lead the Big Ten. The 313 rushing yards by Nebraska is the most against Michigan State this season, bettering Ohio State's total of 204 yards. Nebraska has rushed for at least 200 yards in eight of nine games this season.


4Junior quarterback Taylor Martinez ran for 205 yards in today's game and completed 16-of-36 passes for 160 yards. With his 365 yards of total offense, Martinez pushed his career total offense total to 8,166 setting a new NU career total offense record. Martinez surpassed the old record of 7,915 yards by Eric Crouch from 1998 to 2001. Martinez surpassed Crouch's record on a 33-yard second-quarter completion to Kenny Bell.



4In the fourth quarter alone, Martinez accounted for 176 yards of total offense, rushing seven times for 68 yards and a touchdown and completing 8-of-17 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown.


4With his 375 yards of total offense, Martinez also moved into the top 10 on the NU single season total offense list. Martinez has 2,617 yards of total offense this season, good for sixth place on the NU single season list.


4Martinez's 160 passing yards pushed his career passing total to 5,161, moving him within 689 yards of the No. 1 spot on the Nebraska career passing list. Zac Taylor holds the record with 5,850 passing yards in 2005-06.


4Martinez had a 59-yard run in the first quarter to set up a touchdown, and a 71-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Those runs are the second and third-longest runs of the season for Martinez, trailing a 92-yard run at UCLA. The 59- and 71-yard runs are the two longest running plays against Michigan State this season. Martinez now has eight runs of 50 yards or more in his career (4 in 2010, 1 in 2011, 3 in 2012).


4Martinez finished the day with 17 carries for 205 yards and a 71-yard touchdown run. The 200-yard rushing game was the 35th in school history, the second of Martinez's career and the first by a Husker since Martinez ran for an NU quarterback-record 240 yards at Kansas State on Oct. 7, 2010. Martinez's 205 rushing yards are the fourth-most all-time by a Husker quarterback, and he joins Jammal Lord as the only Nebraska quarterbacks to rush for 200 yards in a game (each quarterback did it twice in his career). Martinez's rushing total was also the most against Michigan State this season, bettering the 137 yards on 23 carries by Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. The 100-yard rushing day is his third of the season (UCLA, Wisconsin) and the 11th of his career.


4Martinez's 205 rushing yards pushed his career rushing total to 2,505. In today's game, Martinez moved up to 15th on the NU career rushing list, passing Marlon Lucky (2,393), Roger Craig (2,446), Rick Berns (2,449), Dan Alexander (2,456), Keith Jones (2,488). By reaching 2,500 career rushing yards, Martinez became just the 15th player in NCAA history to record 2,500 career rushing yards and 5,000 career passing yards. Martinez is just the fourth player to reach the milestone before his senior season, joining Indiana's Antwaan Randle El, Missouri's Brad Smith and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada.


4Sophomore I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed for 110 yards on 22 carries. Abdullah increased his season rushing total to 826 and now has 976 career rushing yards. Abdullah is just 24 rushing yards from becoming the 60th player in school history with 1,000 career rushing yards.


4With Martinez and Abdullah both topping the 100-yard mark, Nebraska has had a player rush for 100 yards or more in eight straight games, its longest streak since 20 straight games in 1999 and 2000. It also marked the third time the season a pair of Huskers rushed for 100-yards in the same game and the 72nd double 100-yard game in school history. Nebraska improved to 69-1 all-time when having two players rush for 100 yards.


4Sophomore receiver Kenny Bell had five receptions for 31 yards, marking Bell's 21st straight game with at least one reception. Bell has had at least three receptions in 12 of those 21 games.


4Bell continues to move up the career receptions and receiving lists. After his effort today, Bell now ranks in a tie for 18th in school history with 65 receptions and a tie for 15th in receiving yards with 1,083 yards. Bell's 622 receiving yards this season have moved him just 19 yards shy from cracking Nebraska's single-season list.


4The Nebraska defense allowed Michigan State to complete just 9-of-27 passes for 123 yards in today's game. Michigan State became the seventh NU opponent in nine games to complete 50 percent or less of its pass attempts, including four of five Big Ten games. Nebraska entered the game leading the nation in opponent pass completion percentage at 47.5 percent.


4Nebraska failed to convert a second quarter red-zone opportunity into points, ending a streak of 24 straight successful red zone trips, including 19-of-19 in Big Ten games. The Huskers also turned the ball over on a fourth-quarter red-zone opportunity.


4Senior linebacker Will Compton recorded 11 tackles in today's game and became the 32nd player in school history to record 200 or more career tackles. Compton now has 210 career tackles. Compton also added a fumble recovery and a pass breakup in the game. 


4Nebraska was minus-two in turnover margin in today's game and is now minus-10 for the season, including minus-eight in Big Ten play. Michigan State converted three Nebraska turnovers into 14 points, while the Huskers did not convert a Michigan State fumble in the third quarter into points.  


4Today's game captains were defensive end Jason Ankrah, offensive tackle Brent Qvale, I-back Ameer Abdullah and defensive back/holder Jase Dean. 


4Nebraska returns home next week to face Penn State at Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by ABC.