Published Saturday, October 6, 2012 AT 10:02 PM / Updated at 10:02 PM
Third quarter: Punt return adds to NU woes
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Already unable to stop the Ohio State offense, Nebraska was dealt another blow when the Buckeyes got a 76-yard punt return from Corey Brown in the third quarter. That took the OSU advantage to 49-31 with 5:43 left in the third.

Nebraska had started the second half with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Martinez to Ben Cotton.

Ohio State then answered with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Carlos Hyde’s 1-yard run. With that TD, the Buckeyes had scored on five straight offensive possessions.

>> The crowd of 106,102 is the all-time record for Ohio Stadium.

>> Nebraska I-back Rex Burkhead hurt his left knee after a 24-yard run to the Buckeyes’ 5 early in the third quarter. Burkhead missed two games after injuring the same knee on Sept. 1.

>> Before the Buckeyes’ punt return, Martinez was sacked on back-to-back plays to start that Nebraska possession.

>> Down 49-31, NU converted a fourth-and-2 from its own 46, but Martinez was intercepted by safety Ohrian Johnson a few plays later inside the Buckeyes’ 20.

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