Ohio State says it 'owes' Nebraska for loss

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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Fifth-year senior Joe Bauserman came on but things had changed. Nebraska's Blackshirts defense was now much more active, much more inspired. The crowd was back in the game. And Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez, booed late in the first half, regained his footing.

Martinez ran for a touchdown and passed for two others and running back Rex Burkhead exploded to total 119 yards on 26 carries, catching one scoring pass from Martinez and also adding the go-ahead touchdown on a 17-yard run with 5:10 left.

Bauserman went 1 for 10 passing for 13 yards with an interception, meaning he completed as many passes to Nebraska players as he did to Ohio State's. He was unable to lead a final drive to tie the game.

The video from the Oct. 8, 2011, game rivals a horror flick for the Buckeyes.

"We look at those things and try to get, not revenge, but not let anything like that happen again," linebacker Ryan Shazier said.

Despite falling to 0-2 in the Big Ten with the loss, the Buckeyes regrouped to win their next three games but then closed what would be a 6-7 season — their most losses since 1897 — with four consecutive defeats.

Even though the entire season didn't tilt on that one, cool Saturday evening in Nebraska, many of the Buckeyes believe it did.

"Last season as a whole is brought up more than just one single game," offensive tackle Jack Mewhort said. "The Nebraska game was part of it, just the way it happened and we let the lead go. It adds a little something and gives you a little more of a chip on your shoulder."

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and his players barely mentioned the game this week.

But the Buckeyes are well aware of what happened.

"Last year was last year. I'm not going to forget it, but I'm not going to dwell on it either," Ohio State linebacker Etienne Sabino said. "But we're looking forward to this game this week."

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