Here's a look at how Nebraska (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) made its way to the Big 12 Championship game:
Nebraska 49, Western Kentucky 10 (at Lincoln, Neb.): Surprise starter Taylor Martinez rushes for a school record 127 yards by a freshman quarterback in a debut. The Cornhuskers compile 536 total yards and lead 35-3 after three quarters.
Nebraska 38, Idaho 17 (at Lincoln, Neb.): Martinez (157 rushing yards) leads a dominant ground attack. The Cornhuskers intercept five passes, including two returned for TDs by DeJon Gomes and Rickey Thenarse.
Nebraska 56, Washington 21 (at Seattle): Featuring three 100-yard rushers, the Cornhuskers roll up 533 yards. The defense intercepts two passes and limits Washington star Jake Locker to 4-of-20 passing for 71 yards.
Nebraska 17, South Dakota State 3 (at Lincoln, Neb.): The offense takes some criticism after sputtering at home but the defense holds the Jackrabbits to 236 yards. Lavonte David records 19 tackles. Nebraska intercepts two more passes.
Nebraska 48, Kansas State 13 (at Manhattan, Kan.): Taylor Martinez has the best rushing performance ever by a Nebraska quarterback (241 rushing yards and four TDs). The defense holds K-State star Daniel Thomas to 63 yards on 22 carries.
Texas 20, Nebraska 13 (at Lincoln, Neb.): The Longhorns hold Nebraska to 202 yards of total offense. Taylor Martinez rushes for only 21 yards and is 4-of-12 passing. The Cornhuskers fall behind 20-3 and drop several passes.
Nebraska 51, Oklahoma St. 41 (at Stillwater): Taylor Martinez sets a Nebraska freshman total offense record (435 yards), throwing for 323 yards and five touchdowns and rushes for 112 yards. OSU's Kendall Hunter rushes for 201 yards.
Nebraska 31, Missouri 17 (at Lincoln, Neb.): Roy Helu rushes for a school record 307 yards. Nebraska leads 24-0 and limits Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert to 199 passing yards a week after his big game versus Oklahoma.
Nebraska 31, Iowa St. 30 OT (at Ames, Iowa): Playing without Martinez, Nebraska avoids an upset on Eric Hagg's interception of ISU's potential game-winning 2-point conversion. Austin Cassidy returns an interception for a TD.
Nebraska 20, Kansas 3 (at Lincoln, Neb.): The defense dominates, limiting the Jayhawks to 87 yards and five first downs. Taylor Martinez compiles 238 total yards but struggles to get offense in the end zone.
Texas A&M 9, Nebraska 6 (at College Station): Plagued by 16 penalties for 145 yards, Nebraska loses on Randy Bullock's 19-yard field goal with 3:02 to play. Martinez (17 yards rushing) plays hobbled in a defensive duel.
Nebraska 45, Colorado 17 (at Lincoln, Neb.): Martinez doesn't play but the Nebraska defense dominates, limiting the Buffaloes to 262 total yards. Running the Wildcat, Rex Burkhead passes for two scores and rushes for 101 yards.