A 46-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Maxwell to Tony Lippett in the second quarter gave Michigan State a 14-7 lead over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at halftime Saturday, until Taylor Martinez answered with his second long run of the game to tie it at 14-14.
Maxwell threw into triple coverage, but Lippett was able to go up and get the ball among three Nebraska defenders.
On Nebraska's next possession, Martinez broke free outside and scored on a 71-yard touchdown to tie the game.
Nebraska had a scoring chance earlier in the second quarter, driving inside the Michigan State 15, but the defense stopped Nebraska on third down and Brett Maher missed a 30-yard field goal.
Michigan State took an early 7-0 lead on an 11-yard touchdown run by Le'Veon Bell. Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez led the Cornhuskers to a tying score with 2:07 left in the first to make it 7-7 after one quarter, setting up the touchdown with a 59-yard run and then passing to Ameer Abdullah to cap the drive with a 2-yard touchdown.
Bell's touchdown run capped off an 11-play drive that started at the Michigan State 45 after Kurtis Drummond intercepted Martinez. Michigan State was aided on the drive by two pass interference calls against Nebraska.
Michigan State also had a scoring opportunity earlier in the first quarter, but Dan Conroy missed a 49-yard field goal.
Bell has 15 carries for 116 yards. Andrew Maxwell has completed 6-for-15 passes for 89 yards.
Martinez is 7 for 14 passing for 56 yards. He has 156 rushing yards on eight carries. Abdullah has 11 carries for 53 yards.