Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24

Date - Saturday, November 3, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Spartan Stadium
Attendance - 73522

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Nebraska 7 7 0 14 28
Michigan State 7 7 3 7 24

Recap


No. 21 Nebraska 28, Michigan State 24: Taylor Martinez capped a huge day by throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner with six seconds to play to lift the visiting Cornhuskers to their third straight victory.

Martinez rushed for 205 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries and drove Nebraska (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) 80 yards in 74 seconds for the winning touchdown, connecting on a 38-yard pass to Kyler Reed on fourth-and-10 to keep the drive alive.

Martinez scored on runs of 71 and 35 yards, the latter coming with 7:02 to play, as the Cornhuskers erased a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and improved to 7-0 all time against Michigan State (5-5, 2-4). The victory also kept Nebraska tied with Michigan atop the Legends Division.

Le'Veon Bell rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including a 1-yard plunge that gave the Spartans a 24-14 lead with 14:20 to play. 

Darqueze Dennard had two of Michigan State's three interceptions of Martinez, but was whistled for a critical pass interference penalty in the end zone with 17 seconds remaining that gave the Cornhuskers a first-and-goal at the 5-yard line.

Spartans quarterback Andrew Maxwell was 9-for-27 for 123 yards and a 46-yard scoring pass to Tony Lippett while Martinez finished 16-of-36 for 160 yards with two scoring passes.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Martinez went over 8,000 yards in total offense in the game, surpassing 2001 Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch for the school's all-time record. ... Dennard had a 97-yard interception return for a touchdown called back because of a personal foul on the Spartans, whose last six conference games have been decided by a total of 17 points. ... Cornhuskers RB Rex Burkhead sat out his second consecutive game and fourth overall with a knee injury. Ameer Abdullah rushed for 110 yards on 22 carries in his place.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 4:28
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 7 - Nebraska 0
1st Quarter - 2:07
Nebraska   TD  Michigan State 7 - Nebraska 7
2nd Quarter - 6:56
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 14 - Nebraska 7
2nd Quarter - 3:11
Nebraska   TD  Michigan State 14 - Nebraska 14
3rd Quarter - 10:21
Michigan State   FG  Michigan State 17 - Nebraska 14
4th Quarter - 14:20
Michigan State   TD  Michigan State 24 - Nebraska 14
4th Quarter - 7:02
Nebraska   TD  Michigan State 24 - Nebraska 21
4th Quarter - 0:06
Nebraska   TD  Michigan State 24 - Nebraska 28
TEAMS

Team Records

  Nebraska Michigan State
W/L 7 - 2 - 0 5 - 5 - 0
Conference 4 - 1 - 0 2 - 4 - 0

Team Stats

  Nebraska Michigan State
Score 28 24
First Downs 23 19
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-14
43%
6-for-15
40%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-3
67%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 473 361
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 40-313 43-238
Average/Rush 7.8 5.5
Passing
Comp-Att 16-36 9-27
Passing Yards 160 123
Average/Pass Play 4.2 4.6
Penalties-Yards 9-72 9-100
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Time of Possession 28:28 31:32

PLAYER STATS

Nebraska (7 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Martinez 16/36 160 2 3
Michigan State (5 - 5)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. Maxwell 9/27 123 1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Martinez 17 205 12.1 2
A. Abdullah 22 110 5.0 0
J. Turner 1 -2 -2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
L. Bell 36 188 5.2 2
N. Hill 2 30 15.0 0
B. Fowler 3 14 4.7 0
A. Maxwell 2 6 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Reed 2 41 20.5 0
Q. Enunwa 3 37 12.3 0
K. Bell 5 31 6.2 0
J. Turner 2 24 12.0 1
T. Marlowe 1 15 15.0 0
B. Cotton 1 6 6.0 0
J. Long 1 4 4.0 0
A. Abdullah 1 2 2.0 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Lippett 1 46 46.0 1
B. Fowler 3 28 9.3 0
L. Thomas 1 17 17.0 0
K. Mumphery 2 15 7.5 0
D. Sims 1 10 10.0 0
A. Burbridge 1 7 7.0 0