In the game: Second half saves season

2011-10-09T00:10:00Z In the game: Second half saves seasonBy Nate Carey ncarey@columbustelegram.com Columbus Telegram
October 09, 2011 12:10 am  • 

The old cliché “A tale of two halves” applies to Nebraska’s 34-27 come-from-behind victory Saturday night over Ohio State. Here is a breakdown of what went well, what didn’t, and other fun facts to satiate your Husker appetite:

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The play calling of offensive coordinator Tim Beck: A week after Beck tried to air-it-out against Wisconsin, relying on the lure of a big play over a consistent attack, Nebraska’s OC went back to basics in many ways and stuck to the game plan of rushing the football in the second half, despite trailing by 21 points at one juncture. NU racked up 423 yards of total offense, with 306 coming in the second half. Cooler heads might have prevailed, and the Huskers came away with a historical win.

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First-half decisions: While overcoming a 21-point deficit to win is fine and dandy, the Huskers did not put themselves in good position in the first half and early third quarter. A fourth-and-1 from Ohio State’s 41-yard line early in the second frame was stopped, and OSU scored on a 63-yard run on the following play from scrimmage. The Huskers overcame such mistakes Saturday night, but can’t afford them in the future.

By the Numbers

21: Nebraska overcame a 21-point deficit to beat Ohio State, its largest come-from-behind victory in school history. The old record was a 17-point deficit, set in 1991 in a 59-23 win over Kansas and tied in 2002 in a 38-31 victory over Texas A&M.

Play of the Game

Linebacker Lavonte David’s forced fumble and recovery at Ohio State’s 18-yard line midway through the third quarter: With Nebraska trailing 27-6, David’s recovery led to an 18-yard run by Taylor Martinez two plays later, giving NU some much-needed momentum. Head coach Bo Pelini called it the play of the game, and so here it is.

Fun Fact

Nebraska converted both of Ohio State’s turnovers into points, scoring touchdowns on both ensuing drives.

— By Nate Carey

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