LINCOLN, NEB. - Taylor Martinez threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third, and No. 11 Nebraska held off Washington for a wild 51-38 victory on Saturday.
Nebraska (3-0) won the third meeting of the teams in 364 days. Nebraska won in Seattle last September but lost in a rematch at the Holiday Bowl. This time around, the Cornhuskers quickly increased their 20-17 halftime lead to 34-17.
Martinez looked to have put away the Huskies with his 6-yard touchdown run, but the Huskies (2-1), who had their six-game winning streak end, came back. Washington's Keith Price passed 52 yards to James Johnson for his fourth TD toss to make it a 13-point game with 4 minutes, 27 seconds left.
Washington's Chris Polk ran 22 times for 130 yards, and Nebraska's Rex Burkhead had carries for 120.
Price was 21-for-37 for 274 yards. He was intercepted twice, with his last one enabling Nebraska to go into victory formation with just over a minute to play.
Martinez completed 10 of 21 passes for 155 yards, and he ran for 83 yards on 17 carries.
Nebraska has scored at least 40 points in each of its first three games for the first time since the 1995 national championship season.