STILLWATER, Okla. (Sports Network) - Freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez threw five touchdown passes to lead 14th-ranked Nebraska to a 51-41 victory over No. 17 Oklahoma State.
Martinez was 23-of-35 for 323 yards and totaled 112 yards rushing for the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12), who were coming off a 20-13 home loss to Texas last weekend in a rematch of last season's conference championship game. Brandon Kinnie caught three passes, all for a touchdown.
Nebraska, which has won seven straight on the road, recorded its first triumph in Stillwater since 1995.
Brandon Weeden completed 18-of-35 passes for 283 yards with two touchdowns, both of them going to Justin Blackmon, and one interception for the Cowboys (6-1, 2-1), who were denied an opportunity to match their second-best start in school history. Oklahoma State won its first seven games in 2008.
Kendall Hunter ran for 201 yards and a pair of scores in the loss.
The Cornhuskers converted a lengthy fourth down on their first possession en route to producing the game's first points. Facing a 4th-and-8 from his own 22-yard line, Alex Henery faked the punt and hustled 27 yards to midfield. Three plays later, Martinez and Kinnie hooked up for a 45-yard touchdown.
Dan Bailey kicked field goals of 31 and 44 yards to narrow Oklahoma State's deficit to one, but Nebraska took a 14-6 lead after Niles Paul returned the kickoff following Bailey's second field goal 100 yards for a touchdown.
The Cowboys immediately responded with an 11-play, 76-yard drive that ended with a one-yard run by Jeremy Smith late in the first quarter.
The teams combined for 31 points in the second stanza.
Nebraska led 21-13 after a one-yard TD reception by Tyler Legate, but Oklahoma State answered with an eight-yard TD run from Hunter. Henery then drilled a 52-yard field goal before Blackmon caught a Weeden pass for an 80-yard score to give Oklahoma State its first lead of the game, 27-24, with 5:59 remaining. The Cowboys, though, trailed, by four points after Kinnie's second touchdown grab -- this time from nine yards away -- came inside the final minute of the quarter.
Following the break, Henery booted a 32-yarder and Kyler Reed hauled in a 41- yard strike from Martinez to give the Cornhuskers a 41-27 lead. A one-yard TD run by Hunter whittled the deficit to seven with 3:29 to play in the third quarter.
Nebraska pulled away in the final frame as Henery converted a 45-yarder and Kinnie caught his third TD pass of the game, an eight-yard connection with 4:29 remaining.
The Cowboys got a late 25-yard TD pass from Weeden to Blackmon to account for the final score.