Published Saturday, November 10, 2012 AT 4:17 PM / Updated at 4:17 PM
Halftime: Nittany Lions lead 20-6
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Does Nebraska have another second-half comeback in it? Because it needs one here Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Penn State sandwiched field goals around a touchdown and used the 13-point second quarter to take a 20-6 lead on the Huskers.

The field goals came on kicks of 27 and 38 yards by Sam Ficken, the latter with 1:08 left in the second quarter. The touchdown was a 10-yard pass from Matt McGloin to Jesse James with 2:42 to go.

Brett Maher kicked a 27-yard field goal for Nebraska’s only points in the quarter.

Also in the second quarter:

>> Tim Marlowe muffed a Penn State punt, allowing the Lions to take over on the Huskers’ 31-yard line before their touchdown.

>> Penn State hurt itself on its final drive, starting with a sideline-interference penalty (after a 16-yard Maher punt) and then a false-start penalty on fourth-and-1 at the NU 16.

>> Nebraska was extremely inefficient on its final four series of the first half. The Huskers’ only two first downs on those possessions were after Taylor Martinez scrambles.

>> Nebraska botched its second red-zone opportunity. After reaching first-and-goal from the 8 four plays into the second quarter, NU went backwards 2 yards in three plays and settled for Maher’s kick.

The Huskers also failed to get a touchdown off first-and-goal from the 6 in the first quarter. In those six snaps combined, they had lost 11 yards.

>> Attendance for Saturday is 85,527.

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