Published Saturday, September 29, 2012 AT 10:41 PM / Updated at 1:18 AM
Nebraska-Wisconsin: Game Replay
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

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.

About Dirk Chatelain

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  1. Robert H says:

    Thanks for the sobering recap. Nice adjustments at half by the defense, great offensive line play, and a opportunistic play by TM seemed to be the biggest differences. Good play by the Huskers!!!

  2. Foghorn says:

    Should have review the catch at the 1 yd line it was a catch. Could have been a td for us.

    1. Bryan says:

      It was a catch and should have been 1st and Goal, Nebraska….alas, it didn’t matter this time, but next time it might…. GO B1G RED!!!!!!!

    2. Bryan says:

      It was a catch and should have been 1st and Goal, Nebraska….alas, it didn’t matter this time, but next time it might…. GO B1G RED!!!!!!!

    3. Bryan says:

      It was a catch and should have been 1st and Goal, Nebraska….alas, it didn’t matter this time, but next time it might…. GO B1G RED!!!!!!!

    4. Bryan says:

      It was a catch and should have been 1st and Goal, Nebraska….alas, it didn’t matter this time, but next time it might…. GO B1G RED!!!!!!!

    5. Paul says:

      Sure looked like a catch to me. Thought they would at least look at it. Getting to where you have to have it a few minutes these days.

  3. AZHusker says:

    What a game! The Blackshirts absolutely dominated the 2nd half and the Huskers pounded the rock right at them. I thought this game would either end like UCLA, which I attended, or Ohio State 2011. It’s a heck of a lot more fun when it’s the latter. All you Bo bashers and Husker haters, take the week off. This was a huge win and a possible catalyst for a B1G title run. GO BIG RED!

    1. Bryan says:

      It is so much more fun when all is said and done, and we get the “W”. For a while there, I thought I was going to be sick, for a while there, I was sick…. My, my, my…. As Pelini said in his post game interview, we take care of ourselves, we are going to be hard to beat from here on out. I still believe a 10-2 season is legitimate, I just didn’t expect one of the losses to come to UCLA….. GO B1G RED!!!!

    2. Joey says:

      Actually? NO it wasn’t AZ. They weren’t even ranked. Wisc stinks AZ. You make it sound like we beat someone like OSU, Mich, Mich St. Now THAT is worth crowing about. NU still has to step up to the plate against LIGIT teams. This is what I’m talking about. Fans see NU blast Id St? Then fans see them in a Rose Bowl picture. Then NU picked NU to COMPLETELY destroy Wisc. Which I said earlier (WON’T happen) Now AZ you make it sound like “YUP, were ready for the Big 10 title game. Gimme a break already. AZ, please STOP looking at NU like they were in the 70s, 80s, 90s. 5 years straight? And NU struggles to stay in the Top 25 AP POLLS. That is NOT classic Husker football. I seen ALOT of missed blocks, tackles, int’s, blown coverages, turn over city, etc etc etc. I’m happy they won to, but lets NOT gloat. If NU would have won by what fans on here post? ( 63-0, 56-3, 49-14, 42-17, 35-17) Then yea we would be able to get a lil cocky. But BARELY beating an UNRANKED team, that OSU, Mich St, or Mich would thump on by 40+ points? NU fans should just be happy they won. It was a excellent 2nd half. BUT??? That kind of slop ball in the 1st half against OSU, Mich, Mich St??? Then it WILL be over by halftime. Those 3 teams are very VERY loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. Wisc really sucked, and the fact a BACK UP QB went crazy on our defense in the 1st half?? That doesn’t give us to much to crow about.

      1. Joey says:

        I meant fans, not NU.

        1. NUCORNDEVIL says:


          1. VanCleef says:

            SOFT and LIMP as they come!!!!!

      2. CalDre says:

        “BARELY beating an UNRANKED team, that OSU, Mich St, or Mich would thump on by 40+ points”.

        What are you writing about? Wisconsin was ranked 23 in the USA Today poll. Ohio barely beat 0-4 UAB 2 weeks ago, Michigan State hasn’t beaten anyone by 40 points this season (not even Central Michigan), and Michigan is 2-2 after barely pullng out a win over Air Force. Get a grip, man!

        1. A Fan says:

          Wisconsin wasn’t ranked in the AP or coaches poll. But hey… in the CalDre poll they were probably top 10.

          Again… we came back from 17 down to beat a team we were picked to beat by 10 – 14 points. Break out the cigars.

    3. A Fan says:

      Game would of meant more if Wisconsin were ranked. We beat a team we were picked to beat, at home. Some fans want to trumpet the return of Nebraska, others see it for what it is.

      We beat Ohio State next week… that’s another story.

  4. Wally says:

    I knew if we could hang on to the ball we could turn this thing around. I hate the haters. Gotta believe!!!!!!

    1. Dominic says:

      And I hate people who misapply the label “haters” to those who mete out even a little bit of measured criticism.

      1. Stephen Bird says:

        “those who mete out even a little bit of measured criticism;” is one thing and I tend to agree with you. But goobers like Joey, NUCORNHOLE and A FAN never say anything positive about the team. On games that NU does well in showing the make excuses if show up at all. Those kinda of people are not and will never be considered true Nebraska fans. Their lossers and trolls and have absolutely no revalance in the scope of the game; their just bottom-dwellers that we have to put up with.

        1. Joey says:

          Ya think it might have to do with, the fact NU BARELY beats a team like Wisc, that’s NOT ranked. But LIGIT teams NU gets thumped time and time again. Or the fact, when BO started? NU couldn’t even stay in the ranks. 5 years later? NU is STILL struggling to stay in the ranks.

        2. A Fan says:

          Martinez runs well for a guy with skinny legs. That positive enough for you Stephen Bird? How many times do we have to hold hands? Nebraska is a 9 – 3 or 8 – 4 team this year. That’s good… it’s not great. You want to go on about how awesome the team is… well, let’s roll the tape back to the UCLA game. An awesome team does not allow 600+ yards to anyone… all season.

          And if you think Nebraska did “well” beating a team by 3 points and we were 10 – 14 point favorites… you don’t know much about football. Before the game, the atypical mediocre Nebraska fan was saying Wisconsin wasn’t that good. They looked horrible against Utah State, UTEP. They had no offense. Now… we beat that same horrible team… and it’s a different story. Now it’s Wisconsin was a good team. A tough opponent. You don’t like being called on it… get in line.

      2. VanCleef says:

        Another hater!

  5. CMac says:

    Really nice game by that freshman fullback. He looks a lot quicker than Morrow, and just as strong.

  6. Bret says:

    with out any NU mistakes this game would not have been close, we need a clean game VS Ohio St! GBR !!!!!!

  7. NUCORNDEVIL says:

    Might as well have been playing Utah State…………………….

    1. VanCleef says:

      Really? Why?

  8. BP says:

    Dirk…….some day you may realize the game of college football is more than your keyboard’s assessment. Between the bad breaks, the timeouts you always fail to discuss the game. The blocking, the tackles for loss, the key passes that kept a 90+ yard drive alive. The game has good and bad breaks every week, overcoming mistakes takes character, something this team, this staff has. Realize THAT and you may get some kind of respect for your journalism.

    1. John says:

      Yeah! Real journalists skew positive, Dirk!

  9. Jeremy says:

    Refs also should have reviewed Taylor’s lost fumble. Replay showed it was close enough on whether or not his arm was going forward to at least look at it. Replay officials have to call for a review on that, it’s too big of a play in the game to not take a second look at, especially when even the ABC announcers weren’t sure while watching the replay. I don’t know if it gets overturned (although it sure looked to me like his arm was going forward), but you’ve got to at least review it.

    1. says:

      Look at the video and you can tell it was knocked out of his hand before he went forward. It really wasn’t even close. The problem with that possession was that they held on to the ball that long in the first place. UW was playing off the line and quick passes would have been better and not allowed for a sack/fumble.

    2. A Fan says:

      It was fumble. The ball was out of his hand before the throwing motion.

  10. California husker says:

    Joey and Corndevel- You two guys seriously need to get a life. Good win last night.

    1. VanCleef says: