As the fourth quarter began in East Lansing, Nebraska looked like it was cooked and ready to be served on a platter. The Cornhuskers trailed 27-3 and hadn’t accomplished much of anything offensively. The ABC broadcast team moved on to blowout talk, half the Spartan Stadium crowd went home to catch the end of Nats-Giants, and the Spartans’ minds apparently started wondering where they’d be in the polls on Sunday morning.
And then Ameer Abudullah punched in a two-yard touchdown with 12:49 remaining to pull Nebraska to within 18. Then he scored again with 4:10 to go to make it 27-16. Then Nebraska forced a punt, and De’Mornay Pierson-El returned it 62 yards to make the score 27-22 with 3:22 remaining.
Michigan State, by now aware Nebraska had not consented to an easy ending, recovered the ensuing onside kick and moved the ball to Nebraska’s 19, but Michael Geiger missed…
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