Wisconsin couldn't finish the job Saturday night against No. 22 Nebraska.
The Badgers lost 30-27 after their 17-point lead evaporated in the second half as Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez guided four straight scoring drives against a tiring defense.
''This is the worst feeling ever,'' running back Montee Ball said. ''We had it. We clearly had it. We were dominating the entire game until, well, the entire first half. We just have to play a four-quarter game. We have to keep our foot on the gas.''
Martinez scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard TD pass to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the tying and go-ahead field goals. Maher's 41-yarder with 9:41 left gave the Huskers (4-1, 1-0) their first lead in the Big Ten opener.
Danny O'Brien, who replaced Joel Stave, tried to bring back the two-time defending Big Ten champion Badgers (3-2, 0-1) with less than three minutes to play. But Ball fumbled at midfield on a fourth-and-1, and Martinez took a knee three times to run ou...