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Badgers blow 17 point lead, lose Big Ten opener to Nebraska 30-27

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LINCOLN, NE (WTAQ) - For most of the first half it looked like the Wisconsin Badgers were back to their old, dominating ways.

It didn’t last. Nebraska scored the last 20 points of the game in the Big Ten opener for both teams, taking a 30-27 decision at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.

Wisconsin held leads of 20-3 and 27-10, but third-year starting quarterback Taylor Martinez lead him team on four straight scoring drives in the second half. Martinez finished with 107 yards and a touchdown rushing, plus 181 yards and 2 TDs through the air.

Nebraska led for the first time in the game when kicker Brett Mahr scored the game-winning points on a 41 yard field goal with 9:41 to play.

Danny O’Brien replaced starting quarterback Joel Stave for the Badgers and led his team on a drive in the final three minutes, but Montee Ball fumbled the ball on a 4th-and-1 and the Cornhuskers ran out the clock.

Stave passed for 214 yards and a long touchdown to Jared Abbrederis. Ball scored twice, but was held to 90 yards rushing on 32 carries.

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