NU MIDSEASON REVIEW
Coming out of Nebraska's bye week, The World-Herald takes a look back at the first half of the season and how the Huskers got to 4-2. From the top offensive and defensive plays to team MVPs, relive the first six Husker football games of 2012. Full coverage
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10. Rex Burkhead breaks 61-yard run vs. Idaho State: The senior I-back returns after missing two games with a knee injury and lets everybody know he's all right by rumbling 61 yards for a touchdown on his third carry against the Bengals.
9. Ron Kellogg III throws a 5-yard scoring pass to Steven Osborne vs. Idaho State: Yes, it lacks meaning in a blowout, but the TD pass that gives NU a 59-0 lead comes in one of the rare times Taylor Martinez has been off the field the last two seasons. The walk-on backup QB also hadn't thrown a pass until this game.
8. Martinez's 13-yard run starting the fourth quarter at UCLA: This could have been one of the plays of the game at UCLA had Nebraska finished the drive. The Huskers have third-and-8 from their own 9 when Tim Beck calls a quarterback draw in a 27-27 game. Martinez runs 13 yards (the team's first third-down conversion of the game) to start NU's march to the Bruins' 20, but the Huskers can't get a third-and-short and then miss a field goal.
7. Martinez's 42-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell vs. Arkansas State: Bell appears well-covered, but Martinez throws it back shoulder and Bell adjusts and makes the tough catch. Nebraska takes a 14-0 lead on the Red Wolves.
6. Martinez's 38-yard scoring run vs. Wisconsin: Nebraska starts a stretch of four straight scoring drives as Martinez turns a quarterback draw into a 38-yard TD run in the third quarter, pulling the Huskers within 27-17 of the Badgers.
5. Huskers execute near-perfect two-minute drill before halftime vs. Southern Miss: Nebraska takes over with 1:37 left after the Eagles pull within 21-17 — and needs less than half of that to score. Martinez goes 4 for 5, hitting Quincy Enunwa for 7 and 5 yards, Jamal Turner for 36 and then getting the touchdown on a 29-yard pass to Osborne. Total time elapsed: 39 seconds.
4. Martinez recovers Ameer Abdullah fumble vs. Wisconsin, gets first down: Martinez is carrying out a zone-read fake around the left side after handing off to Abdullah, and scoops up the free ball. NU not only maintains possession, but the 9 yards gained by Martinez in addition to the 6 by Abdullah mean a first down at the Huskers' 30 on the way to the game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter.
3. Kenny Bell's 74-yard pass reception at Ohio State: Nebraska faces second-and-17 from its 13 when Martinez finds Bell for a 74-yard pass. The Huskers score two plays later to take their final lead at 24-21.
2. Burkhead takes off on 73-yard run vs. Ohio State: Big players make big plays, and Burkhead comes through with his career-long run with Nebraska down 7-0 and backed up to its own 18-yard line. Burkhead not only refuses to go down at the end, but draws a face-mask penalty on the Buckeyes — and now it's first-and-goal at the 4.
1. Martinez runs 92 yards for a touchdown vs. UCLA: Martinez flashes some of that old speed as he makes a Bruin defender miss in the backfield, races up the middle on a zone-read keeper and sprints all the way to a 14-7 lead for the Huskers. The only NU quarterback with a longer run was Eric Crouch (95 yards vs. Missouri in 2001).