Noticed: The undersized Nebraska cornerbacks struggled one-on-one against Wisconsin’s big receivers. Expect Big Ten quarterbacks to take plenty of shots downfield this year, especially with Nebraska’s lack of pass rush.
Bad break: On third-and-goal in the first quarter, Nebraska’s defense stopped Montee Ball one foot shy of the end zone. Bret Bielema sent his kicking team on to the field. But officials interrupted action to review the third-down play. That allowed Bielema to re-think his fourth-down strategy. Officials confirmed the call and Ball scored on fourth down. If officials don’t review the call, Wisconsin settles for three points.
Good break: On second-and-11 early in the fourth quarter, Ameer Abdullah took a handoff around left end for 6 yards. Then he fumbled. Taylor Martinez was there to grab it and carry it 9 more yards for a first down. The Huskers turned that conversion into a go-ahead field goal.
Questionable calls: Who knows how many busts Bo Pelini has prevented by taking timeouts on defense? Maybe several. Maybe none. But his defense needs to stop opponents without burning all of Nebraska’s timeouts. Pelini used two on defense in Saturday’s first half, eliminating any hope of a last-minute drive to end the half.
Rave review: Will Compton has been steady all season. Saturday he was spectacular. The senior middle linebacker is well-suited for the rough-and-tumble Big Ten.