LINCOLN, Neb. -- Taylor Martinez ran for a touchdown and passed for two others while bringing No. 14 Nebraska back from a 21-point second-half deficit, and the Cornhuskers defeated Ohio State, 34-27, last night in the biggest comeback in school history.
Rex Burkhead scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 17-yard run with 5:10 left.
Ohio State (3-3, 0-2 Big Ten) built a 27-6 lead behind freshman quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller sprained his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. The Buckeyes' offense went dormant with backup Joe Bauserman.
Miller ran for 91 yards and completed 5 of 8 passes for 95 yards before he got hurt. Bauserman completed only 1 of 10 passes the rest of the way.
Huskers star linebacker Lavonte David stripped the ball from Miller in the middle of the third quarter to start the rally. Soon after, Martinez went 18 yards for a touchdown. He threw a 36-yard TD pass to Quincy Enunwa to pull the Huskers to 27-20, and he tied it with a 30-yard catch-and-run to Burkhead.
Martinez ran for 102 yards and was 16-for-22 for 191 yards for Nebraska (5-1, 1-1). Burkhead ran 26 times for 119 yards.
Carlos Hyde led the Buckeyes with 104 yards rushing.
The biggest deficit Nebraska had overcome previously was 17 points, most recently against Texas A&M in 2002.