The second quarter mirrored the scoring pattern of the first, with Nebraska scoring first on a Taylor Martinez pass to Kenny Bell with 8:25 remaining. The 37 yard pass and extra point gave the Cornhuskers a 10-7 lead.
But the Wildcats came back with 1:25 remaining when Trevor Siemian hit sophomore Tony Jones with a 26 yard pass into the end zone. The scoring drive went 50 yards in eight plays, with Northwestern holding a 14-10 halftime lead. The half ended with Northwestern senior defensive lineman Brian Amfelt sacking Martinez for a nine yard loss.