NU MIDSEASON REVIEW
Coming out of Nebraska's bye week, The World-Herald takes a look back at the first half of the season and how the Huskers got to 4-2. From the top offensive and defensive plays to team MVPs, relive the first six Husker football games of 2012. Full coverage
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10. Ciante Evans' stop vs. Arkansas State: A quick bubble screen left Evans in a tough spot midway through the third quarter. He had to make the tackle while maneuvering past a blocker. The junior eventually got some help, but not before stalling the ball carrier with one arm and limiting a potential big play to no gain.
9. Daimion Stafford's sack vs. Wisconsin: The senior safety blitzed off the edge and sprinted into the potential rollout path of quarterback Joel Stave. The 16-yard loss on second down effectively ended that fourth-quarter drive.
8. Sean Fisher's weakside stop vs. Wisconsin: On third down and 1, the senior linebacker stayed home and kept Montee Ball from getting the first by cutting back, the same kind of play the Heisman finalist repeatedly made with success against the Huskers last year. Had Fisher not been there, Ball breaks into the open field for a big gain.
7. Steven Osborne's fake punt stop vs. Idaho State: Osborne was lined up about seven yards off the line of scrimmage and he didn't move at the snap, so he knew something was up. When the up-back took off with the football, Osborne tracked him down. Forced a fumble, too.
6. Eric Martin's sack vs. Arkansas State: He exploded out of his stance on a fourth-down play and reached the Red Wolves' unsuspecting quarterback. The hit was so forceful that it dislodged the football, which Martin recovered.
5. Stafford's pass breakup vs. UCLA: Matched up one-on-one with 6-foot-7 tight end Joseph Fauria, Stafford batted down a lob pass in the end zone on third down. The Bruins, who had a two-point lead at that point, missed a field goal right after the incompletion.
4. P.J. Smith's interception vs. Arkansas State: The third-down trick play didn't confuse Smith. A laser throw on a double-pass throwback might have worked better. But there was some air under the first-quarter pass and Smith corralled it for the pick.
3. Evans' pick-six vs. Idaho State: The junior made it look easy, getting himself in the right position, making the grab and trotting in to the end zone untouched. His 29-yard return resulted in the Huskers' fifth touchdown of the first quarter against the Bengals.
2. Osborne's fake punt stop vs. Ohio State: Only three Huskers didn't completely turn their bodies away from Ohio State punter Ben Buchanan when he started his kicking motion. Osborne was one of them. Buchanan hid the football behind his back while swinging his leg forward, then took off for the first-down marker. Osborne fought off a block and made the first-quarter play.
1. Game-ending fumble recovery vs. Wisconsin: The Badgers botched this fourth-down play in the final seconds, but that didn't make it any less sweet for Nebraska. Alonzo Whaley shot through a gap and collided with Ball, who was already bobbling the football. Harvey Jackson scooped it up to seal the win.