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“I guess what the team will learn for next year and from (the Penn State loss) and our bowl game is that every play matters. You never know if the first play is going to decide the game or the last play. You’ve got to approach every play like it’s the deciding factor of the game.”
Nebraska came from behind in the second half to post five of its seven Big Ten wins. The Huskers made up double-digit deficits in four of those games on their way to the Legends Division title.
While the Badgers struggled to finish, the Huskers closed strong. In the seven Big Ten wins, the Huskers outgained their opponent 112-47 in the fourth quarter. The Huskers outgained Wisconsin 113-33 the final 15 minutes of their Sept. 29 meeting.
“It was definitely a good start for the comebacks we had down the road this year,” Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead said. “It helped us out in some tight games with Northwestern, Michigan State, Penn State and Iowa.”
Pelini struggled to explain why Nebraska has come out on the right side of the close games this year. He said team chemistry and experience help, and so does having a third-year starting quarterback in Taylor Martinez.
“Let’s face it,” Pelini said, “there is some luck involved.”
AP Sports Writer Eric Olson in Lincoln, Neb., contributed to this report.
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