Trailing 27-10 in the 3rd quarter, the Huskers rallied for a 30-27 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten opener Saturday night in Lincoln.
Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring Wisconsin defense in the second half to avenge last year's loss in Madison.
Martinez scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the tying and go-ahead field goals. Maher's 41-yarder with 9:41 left gave the Huskers (3-1, 1-0) their first lead.
Danny O'Brien, who replaced Joel Stave, tried to bring the Badgers (3-2, 0-1) back with under three minutes to play. But Montee Ball fumbled at midfield on a fourth-and-1 and Martinez took a knee three times to run out the last minute.
Martinez ran for 107 yards and threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Stave passed for 214 yards and a touchdown. Ball rushed for three touchdowns for the Badgers.
Both teams wore alternate jerseys for the game. Wisconsin had a large "W" on the front. Nebraska had a large "N" on the front and for the first time donned black helmets.