Jeff Budzien’s 53 yard field goal attempt was wide right, the Northwestern kickers first miss of the season, as the Huskers overcame a sloppy first half to win 29-28 at Ryan Field in Evanston.
Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes in the final six minutes to rally NU who was down 28-16. Martinez found Taarig Allen on a nine yard score capping an 80 yard, nine play drive. Then with 2:08 to go, Martinez hit tight end Ben Cotton on a seven yard toss capping another long, 76 yard drive.
Martinez finished 27 of 38 for 342 yards and three touchdowns. Martinez also ran for another score. Rex Burkhead game with another knee injury and finished with four carries for 33 yards.