Did Nebraska Win the Game?

Another Texas game, another heartbreaker. It's become as routine as beating Baylor. The Longhorns deserved to win, in the sense that football is about scoring touchdowns. We'd all loved to have seen Nebraska win a 12-10 Big 12 Championship game, but generally it's the team that gets in the end zone that wins. Nebraska opted to be conservative both when in the red zone after Niles Paul's big return and in the waning minutes of the game. That's where the Monday morning quarterbacks can question the wisdom of settling for field goal attempts versus aggressively going after touchdowns when the opportunities were there. But when Nebraska walked on the field in what they thought was victory, should that victory have stood?

We all saw the video. There was one second left when Colt McCoy's pass hit the turf. The clock is supposed to stop on an incomplete pass. But does it stop automatically or when a whistle is blown after the official signals incomplete? Because for the first 59 minutes of the game, the timekeeper isn't held to the Zapruder-like standard of video replay to get the time right. So why does Texas necessarily get the benefit of that extra care to keep their national championship hopes alive. Would that be true if the game was played in Kansas City, or just Dallas?

It brings to mind the 1972 Olympic basketball scandal, where extra time was given to the Soviet Union. Maybe Nebraska should turn down the Holiday Bowl in protest like the American basketball team did their silver medals.

Run down the keys to the game for Nebraska and first was to win the turnover battle - it was a draw. A turnover on that final Texas drive obviously would have won the game. Though maybe the blocked punt was like a turnover. Then there was the penalties. Nebraska was even on penalties though not the yards. The 30 yards in penalties for Larry Asante's horse collar tackle and Adi Kunalic's kick out of bounds were devastating on that final drive. Nebraska needed to outpunt Texas - they didn't (unless you include the big Paul return). The Huskers did outrush Texas but that was in large part due to the 50 yards in sacks of Colt McCoy. Nebraska had only 106 total yards and yet that was one second shy of being enough to win the game. Or maybe it was enough...period?

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Meh. It always drives me nuts when they let the clock run after the play is over late in games, so I guess I’ve got to take it when it runs the other way.

I will say, though, that seeing the clock at 0:00 with your team having more points than the other team—and STILL losing—is a special kind of heartbreak I hadn’t known before tonight.

The defense played the best game I have ever seen a blackshirt defense play.  They did everything they could do to get the win for us. 

The offense, well…they played conservatively against a very good Texas defense.  But there really were come critical plays that were the difference in the game.  Throwing the interception right after the big punt block was really a killer.  Throwing the ball just a touch out of bounds in the end zone (the receiver had caught it, but couldn’t get his feet in.)  Paul had one catch on the 10 yard line that the Texas safety came over and jarred the ball lose.  On the other hand, we were really lucky when that Texas reciever who had burned Denard dropped a bomb that would have been a 70 yard touchdown pass.

Special teams showed up big all night, but when we really really needed Kunalic to kick one of his automatic thru the end zone kicks, he shanks one out of bounds.  That really hurt.

All in all, I am proud of the effort on both sides of the ball.  They made a good showing in front of a large national audience.  We have come a long way in two years of the Pelini era. 

Take away the kick out of bounds or the horse collar and that last drive may have turned out differently. But, that’s why the play the game.

The Huskers played a great game. The defense shut down the Texas offense. When we needed it the offense made a couple plays against the #3 defense in the nation.

Three years ago could we have played with the #2 team in the nation? This loss hurts. But, it’s progress.

One of the worst endings I’ve ever watched. So many if thens in this game. If Suh doesn’t pressure McCoy to release the ball, Texas probably loses. It is going to be tough to see Suh leave. He’s probably one of my all time favorite players and hands down in my opinion the best player this year in the country. That guy can never be replaced and if he is, the Pelini’s are miracle workers. Texas will lose to Bama. The Big 10 conference is a joke. And Texas’ pants that don’t conceal a jock strap should be banned. They make me freaking sick. Next season starts right now.

I’m a Texas Fan, and I’m Not here to gloat, great game though.  You guys got one hellava defense.

The last second thing has got to be a bummer, if it had gone the other way, we’d be crying foul as well.  I agree with Mark that it is annoying when they let the clock run earlier in the game.  I wonder how much more time would have been on the clock at the end if they had been watching it though out the game.  (Maybe there would have been 15 seconds like Colt thought there was!)

Glad to see old Nebraska is coming back, I remember the great games between us and hope for many more to come.

Well, another game against Texas, another screw-job.  Can’t say I’m shocked—it’s how they’ve been ‘winning’ since the 1960s.

We here know who the better team is, and if there was a just and fair God, Cincinnati would leapfrog Texas so there isn’t a complete blowout in the BCS title game. 

And again, if there were a fair and just God, Suh would have the Heisman locked up after tonight—he was an unstoppable force, and Texas was an extremely pliable object.  He is perhaps one of the best defensive players of all time, and I will miss him when he leaves as well.

The University of Nebraska would do well to retire his number next year.

Bo is the real deal.  He got more out of this team than anyone could have expected.  The defense played the game of their lives and deserved to win.  The offense played conservatively, but reallly had no other options.  Lee has not progressed as he gained more and more experience.  Sadly, at times he looked like he was regressing.  He has no clue how to run the option and seems to have a problem seeing the field when looking for receivers.  If we had even an average QB this could have easily been a twelve win season. 

Amazing team this year. Offense did improve some but not enough and our Defense was AWESOME. Probably the best Defensive squad in Husker history—and that’s saying A LOT!

4 losses this year—- 3 by 2 points or less! We were so close to being 12-1 rather than 9-4, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles!

I can’t wait until next year! Bring on the Holiday Bowl—USC? whoever, we will own your offense! and hopefully we will have enough offense of our own to WIN!

Hate to pile on Zac Lee - but - we really need some offseason work.  That offense was putrid.  Waste of a national championship style defense.  Lets home Crick learnt a thing or two from Suh.  I hope heisman talk for him increases.

LyneP Dec 06 09

Totally agree but it will be Arizona in the Holiday Bowl. Get ready for more Stoops-Pelini stories.

This really blows.  I didn’t get to stay up to watch the game since I’m deployed to Iraq and the game started at 3 AM here.  I’ve been calling this all week, hearing everyone saying that Texas is going to blow out Nebraska.  I have been telling everyone not to write Nebraska out, it was going to be a dog fight and the final score was going to come down to less than a touchdown.  Turns out the difference was the extra point attempt.  Anyways, I want to congradulate Nebraska for putting forth a great game and I like to tell the oficals that gave Texas that extra second back that I can’t blame them.  Most Texas fans are violent when their team looses, especally when they are playing in Texas.  I remember the ‘99 championship game and my ribs still hurt from time to time from that butt-whipping I got leaving the Alamodome by half a dozen Texas fans after that Nebraska 22-6 win 10 years ago.  So for the officals to not want to go through that themselves, I can’t blame you.  Texas fans usually live in the dellusion that they are the greatest team in the nation.  So by my own moral code, Noter Dame is not in the National Championship game, and they are the only team I dispise more than Texas so that would be the ONLY time I would ever cheer for Texas to win. (it’s the lesser of the two evils kinda thing)  So come championship time… ROLL TIDE!!!

Apologies to the other pretenders, but that was the best defense in the country you just witnessed tonight. Our defensive coaching is the best in the country. One of the worst defenses to the best in two years? Are you kidding me? At least we know with Pelini at the helm we’re going to be competitive year in and year out. If we just have an average offense next year everybody else in the country had better look out. Go Big Red!

Seriously, I would really love to know what Bo and Carl’s honest thoughts of the defense they inherited were after being hired and putting in the video of that 2007 season.

Go Big Red! Great Defense!!! Zach Lee is a (Fill in the blank for yourself).I also must say that at times during the game there was a few flags thrown that are very questionable.Ya know thats true when the annoucers question the calls.On the bright side of all of this.The defense next year will be very good.Cody Green will beat out Zach Lee for the starting QB position(Thank you God)and the Huskers will be returning a lot of boys from this years team.And to Texas—Your A#* is ours next year!!!!!

Great Defense! The Huskers will be Hell to deal with next year.And to Texas—your $%# is ours next year. Go Big Red!

It sicking to see all the blame on the officiating.  The refs didnt have 106 yards of total offense (worst game in NU history?), the refs didnt give up 70 free yards on UTs last position.  BO knows defense, Bo does not know offense.

Ack,

Bo knows football and I guarantee you if there is one guy that can turn that offense around, it’s him. And it starts with personnel whether that means players or coaches. Bo will do what he feels is right for NU to progress offensively. I honestly felt like the call in the endzone on Hagg was a very bad call to set up Texas’ first TD. That was a third down play I believe. The referees need to stop inferring that if a player isn’t looking at the ball there is automatic defensive interference.

Steve, you do a great job of pulling yourself together and fairly quantifying the game so soon after it ends. (Since you’re so obviously such a big fan.) You posted this about a 1/2 hour or less, after the game?

Whew.

OK, that’s over.

If the team gets invited to the Holiday Bowl, they’ve got about 3 1/2 weeks to pull their own selves back together and play a very good, probably highly motivated Pac 10 opponent.

This team HAS to finish with a 10-4 record. It deserves (at least) that. Even now, the team is SO close!

It’s unfortunate that the balance pendulum has swung so far to the defense, but, as Coach Solich might say- “it is what it is.”

I defend “our” guys. Throughout the entire program. While they’re on the team, or assisting the team, they’re “my” guys.

With this extra time though, I’d think there’s a possibility for some formatted competition with the Quarterbacks.

So, at least, they’ll both be prepared to lead the team against what will be a really good Pac 10 team.

Great Game Nebraska!!!  You guys got screwed, but…that is the way texas has been winning all year.  Go back and look at any of their games.  The calls will ALWAYS go their way.  Reasoning (IMHO) their “fans” travel well.  But, so do Nebraska’s.  The powers to be want texas to win, for some reason they think the $$$ in tx is superior.  It keeps the spotlight on them.  that whining mack brown is nothing but a crybaby.  I’d love to see TCU or Cincy jump them and into the title game—can you imagine the whining then????  You guys played tremendously last night—with only a 2nd year coach, you guys will be national contenders next year.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

It pains me to say it, but the refs made the right call in putting time back on the clock, though Steve’s point that the standards aren’t so exact for the rest of the game is well taken. Nebraska has nobody to blame but themselves.

Great Game Nebraska!!!  You guys got screwed, but…that is the way texas has been winning all year.  Go back and look at any of their games.  The calls will ALWAYS go their way.  Reasoning (IMHO) their “fans” travel well.  But, so do Nebraska’s.  The powers to be want texas to win, for some reason they think the $$$ in tx is superior.  It keeps the spotlight on them.  that whining mack brown is nothing but a crybaby.  I’d love to see TCU or Cincy jump them and into the title game—can you imagine the whining then????  You guys played tremendously last night—with only a 2nd year coach, you guys will be national contenders next year.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

Listen, for Mack Brown to state that McCoy played great is laughable. Brown you’re losing any little respect I had for you. I honestly felt McCoy would run down the middle on our defense. Not even. McCoy didn’t even play well enough to say he played good. What game were you watching?

I loved Mack’s full court Heisman spin for McCoy after the game.  The man should run for congress.  The one second call was right.  Huskers kicking out of bounds was the boneheaded play of the game.  Beat the Wildcats, again.  GBR!

Where to begin…...

I guess with my sore spot, Mr. Watson.  How can this guy be considered an offensive genius?  What good is is have 17 gazillion plays if none of them move the ball down field? If you were scouting this offense all you need to do is pull one game film.  It was the same thing the entire year.

Yes they put that “huge” wrinkle in with Suh at full back, but did anyone think they were going to do anything more than run behind Suh?  Every person on the Texas D keyed on Suh and moved the way he did.  Did Wats ever think to use him as a misdirection?  Is this the best the “Genius” can come up with?  Pathetic!! 

Playing not to lose is not an offensive game plan!  It sends a message to your offensive that they are subpar and undermines any development of confidence. 

As far as not having the right players, who’s fault is that?  Wats has been there recruiting players for how many years now?  I’ve never bought into this excuse.  When he had some success he took the credit so now that they are not he has to take the blame.  As Bo would say, “we don’t point fingers, we point thumbs.”  Wats needs to own up and/or move on.

Well I am ranting too much and not enjoying the progress this team has made in two short years under Bo.  To all the players, great job and thanks for giving your all!

GBR

Sorry about that.  I got a bit off topic.

NU lost.  Texas deserved to win this game just as much as we did.  Their defense was just as dominant as ours.  Even though our offense does not put fear into anyone, you have to take your hat off to them.

As far as the call, if NU were driving to kick the winning field goal and the officials were looking at the play each and every NU fan would have wanted it to play out the exact same way.  Bottom line is the right call was made.

Before this game was played, I saw three possible outcomes.

1. Nebraska loses badly, and I’m pissed.

2. Nebraska loses a real close game, and if they had done just this or that, or not done this or that, they win. And I’m really pissed.

3. Nebraska upsets the Horns and wins the Big 12 Championship. I’m elated.

And the winner is: I’m really pissed.

1) When did the scoreboard clock become the official time for the game?

I thought the official time was kept by the officials on the field or designated assistant as per NCAA rules. The scoreboard obviously was not the official time piece since it was adjusted earlier in the game from xx:38 to xx:27. The scoreboard clock starts and stops based on officials signal and therefore is constantly off from actual game clock. ie- when a ball carrier is tackled near the sidelines and before the first down marker, the scoreboard operator has to wait for the official’s signal.

2) If the scoreboard is not the official timepiece, how can it be used to determine the end of the game? Wouldn’t that have to come from the official game clock? The only time the scoreboard can be used is for elapsed time not for indication of actual end of game. (It is like thinking you know your checking account balance. You better not use your estimation to determine when your balance goes to zero.)

3. When did the end of the game become reviewable?

According to NCAA 2008 rules book, Rule 12 Section 3 Article H

ARTICLE 3. Miscellaneous reviewable plays include:

h. Clock adjustment when a ruling on the field is reversed. The replay official may correct an egregious game-clock error.

There was no reviewed play so how could the clock adjustment come from the replay booth by rule?  Clock adjustment would once again have to have come from the official keeping the official time not the scoreboard or the replay booth. I believe Mr. Anderson was incorrect when he said the play was reviewable.

Nebraska won the game we just cant seem to get every thing above board lets every one play buy the same clock and make it visable to every onr then there will be no cheating

I dont think that Nebraska could have come up with a better game plan for this game.  We knew the offense couldnt score many points against a team like Texas..but what they did do was kept the ball long enough to give our defense a breather.  We know our defense is AMAZING and our offense struggles.  But hats off to both sides to work together to make this one of the most outstanding games I have ever seen.

Texas may have more athletic players and more depth…but no one had more heart than the Huskers did last night!!  GO BIG RED!!!

One thing I thought was cool, was the official Big 12 Conference commercial highlighting team images and a reference to the conference having America’s “best” fans. I didn’t see a Nebraska image until the last one, with Zac Potter at his graduation- holding the N.

Which, kinda justified the whole commercial.

I thought it was cute, when Musburger told the story of how McBride “invented” the Blackshirt tradition. I don’t hold that against him. They’ve got a lot of team minutiae to scour over, for each game.

I agree that it’s crazy that they let the clock run the extra seconds all game, but as soon as Texas<i> costs themselves the game the officials reviewed.  Bull.</i>

Also, I want to question the process of iceing the kicker.  Aren’t kickers expecting to be iced?  I’d figure that not iceing the kicker would do more to mess him up than not calling the timeout.

Finally, I want Watson gone.  Our offensive personnel is fine.  At the very least, the personnel is adaquet.  Our offense, however, is anything but adaquet.  If our offense was adaquet we’d be the best team in the nation.

Bo Pelini is a joke of a coach.  Here The Big Red has the ball in Texas’s end after that nice return and 4 downs to get just one more 1st down with 1:43 on the clock and that fool is worried about field position when he is facing a Heisman candidate QB(McCoy)who uses that time to beat the Huskers.  He should have used those downs to eat up the clock and then let the kicker nail it.

He screwed up the damn Hokie game too.  5 chances to score with a QB who can’t pass worth a @*#$ and he burns up the downs and has to kick 5 field goals only to lose 16-15.

I am not impressed with him at all in relation to the great tradition of Nebraska coaches and teams.

MP Bixier is Steve Pederson.

The Emperor has no clothes.  All year Texas tried to hide the fact that it was a team that could not run the ball and was weak up front.  Texas survived on a kick out of bounds & a 15-yard horsecollar penalty.  That’s it.  They don’t get in positon for a FG without those two mental errors. If things don’t change pretty dramaticaly in the next month Texas will lose to Alabama, and maybe worse than Florida did.  For those who talk of the Longhorn defense, well most people would look good stacking the box against a team that is just trying to play field position and not making any effort to attack via the passing game.  In some ways this was more painful than Virginia Tech.  Moving forward Oklahoma is beginning a slow downward trend (heck fo a run since 2000 though) and Texas just doesn’t have what it takes to deal with us when our offense becomes a credible entity (sorry Longhorn fans but it seems that Brown doesn’t believe that offensive balance is necessary and you will be scheme prone without a Vince Young-type).  Yes it was painful but this loss reminds me a lot of the Orange Bowl loss in 1993 to Florida State.  No I’m not predicting a 60-3 run, but this loss shows that we are a REAL force to deal with for next year and beyond.  We beat Oklahoma and should’ve beat Texas.  Those are the big boys in the conference.  We KNOW that we are more than suitable to play with them.  It was great to see the best two defenses in the country on Saturday (Nebraska and Alabama).  The only difference between Alabama and Nebraska was Alabama’s offense.  Hard to dispute with that. . .

This bunch is 4 points from being 12-1.  A grand total of only 13 players will be leaving our roster.  For those who question Coach Pelini, well besides the fact you do not understand football it should be noted that before Coach Pelini Ndamakong Suh was a intriguing talent with potential, that’s it.  Allen, Turner, Suh, Dillard, Asante, Amukamara & Hagg all played substantial roles on a team that just two years ago was ranked 117th in total defense giving up 38 ppg and at Kansas 10 TD’s in one game.  Same players, more or less, and arguably the best unit in the country.  Next year’s edition of the Blackshirts has a very realistic chance of being as good as this year’s.  This is still a very young football team.  We own the North for the moment, I just don’t see teams in the North having the means to score on our Blackshirts and matching the athleticism either.  You can expect to see us representing the North for the forseeable future. . .

On a final note I find it very interesting the interpretation of pass interference these days.  Seems that we have an NFL-standard on what is PI. . .

The defense played brilliantly!  If we only had an offense.  We need a new offensive coordinator that can call plays, develop players and recruit players with skill and speed and turn them into Nebraska players.  I can give Texas’ defense credit for playing well also.  But we couldn’t even make a couple of yards. Seems that since mid-year whatever offense we had disappeared.  The defense almost won us another game…too bad a gaf here and there couldn’t have been overcome by an offense.  Dump Watson!

Well about everything has been said but I will add a little color.

I went to the game last night and I have to say it felt completely like a TX home game.  I wasn’t under any allusions that it would be equal fan wise, of course TX had several weeks to get tickets before NU and it was in TX.  But everything felt like a TX home game.  The commercials on the jumbotron was all about the horns, Gatorade must have a contract with UT.  They would have a ‘Gatorade’ commercial and they would show UTs TD and NU ints.  It was sickening.  I expected it to be a ‘neutral’ feeling to it.  I got more and more disgruntled as it went on.  It also seemed like a couple of key calls went against us, three pass interference calls at exactly the wrong time, but over all it just felt too much like a UT home game for me.  But I havent been able to go watch the tape yet. 

I will say we will look back and know that this was one of the best defenses ever to play.  Total dominating in every aspect, just no offense what so ever to help out.

GO BIG RED

I took Saturday off and my wife and I went to our favorite steakehouse in York to watch the game and relax.

I witnessed the best defense I have ever seen and I have seen quite a few that I would have called the best before I saw last nights game.

After the McCoy scramble and pass out of bounds I saw all of the people in the restaurant jumping with joy until Mack Brown was telling the ref crew that there was still one second left in the game.

The Texas kicker made his kick and aI thought he had missed it and so did the crowd. I never saw so many embarrassed people in my life.

We listened to the post game interview and the first question was to Bo asking if Texas was thr receipiant of some “home cookin”. What an inaappropriate question after all that went on at the end of the game. I was afraid that Bo would have been provoked into saying something that might get him fined.

He handled the situation with so much class and was genuinly concerned about HIS players and that this game and all games are about his players and not him and to focus on that and not his feelings.

I just don’t really know what to think about that game.  It definitely went different than I had predicted, in so many ways.

Bo is for real, guys.

I’m a Penn State fan by birth, but a Longhorn fan by marriage.  Believe me, I understand the frustration you Nebraska fans feel.  I know it’s difficult, maybe impossible just 24 hours after the game, to have some objectivity.  But a lot of the comments are a bit over the top.  The complaints about the clock at the end of the game always revolve around whether the officials had “the right” to put the second on the clock, never whether it was the correct thing to do or not.  Clearly, there was at least 1, if not 2 seconds left when McCoy’s pass went out of bounds.  You talk about how great your defense was, and it was fantastic, but fail to realize that Texas had twice as many yards against your fantastic defense, as your offense had against the UT defense.  Think maybe the Texas D might have had something to do with that?  UT had triple the third down conversions, nearly 4.5 x as much passing yardage, 3.5x as many first downs, and 4 minutes more time of possession against your fantastic defense.  You complain about the bad calls, yet seem to forget the kickoff that was called down on the UT 1 yard line when the replay clearly showed the UT kick returner did not have possession of the ball when his knee was down.  That gave you the field position for one of your field goals.  You gnash your teeth about the breaks, and fail to remember the UT receiver dropping a wide-open pass he could have walked into the end zone with, while Denard was still back upfield looking for his jock.

Bottom line is, the calls went both ways, the breaks went both ways.  There was no grand conspiracy, the game wasn’t rigged, and the officials didn’t hatch a last-second coupe to make sure Texas got to the BCS championship game. Nebraska fans are renowned for being among the most fair-minded and classy in college football.  I ask you to keep it that way.  You’ve got a great team to be proud of, and that will be a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12 next season.

I’m a Penn State fan by birth, but a Longhorn fan by marriage.  Believe me, I understand the frustration you Nebraska fans feel.  I know it’s difficult, maybe impossible just 24 hours after the game, to have some objectivity.  But a lot of the comments are a bit over the top.  The complaints about the clock at the end of the game always revolve around whether the officials had “the right” to put the second on the clock, never whether it was the correct thing to do or not.  Clearly, there was at least 1, if not 2 seconds left when McCoy’s pass went out of bounds.  You talk about how great your defense was, and it was fantastic, but fail to realize that Texas had twice as many yards against your fantastic defense, as your offense had against the UT defense.  Think maybe the Texas D might have had something to do with that?  UT had triple the third down conversions, nearly 4.5 x as much passing yardage, 3.5x as many first downs, and 4 minutes more time of possession against your fantastic defense.  You complain about the bad calls, yet seem to forget the kickoff that was called down on the UT 1 yard line when the replay clearly showed the UT kick returner did not have possession of the ball when his knee was down.  That gave you the field position for one of your field goals.  You gnash your teeth about the breaks, and fail to remember the UT receiver dropping a wide-open pass he could have walked into the end zone with, while Denard was still back upfield looking for his jock.

Bottom line is, the calls went both ways, the breaks went both ways.  There was no grand conspiracy, the game wasn’t rigged, and the officials didn’t hatch a last-second coupe to make sure Texas got to the BCS championship game. Nebraska fans are renowned for being among the most fair-minded and classy in college football.  I ask you to keep it that way.  You’ve got a great team to be proud of, and that will be a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12 next season.

“T”. You’re asking us Huskers fan to be classy, which we are, no doubt. In a close game, especially one that we’re not even supposed to be close, and it comes down to 1 second, please allow us a chance to vent, we feel a lot better the next day, kind of. We’ve had a hard/tough 6 years. Also please respect us in your comments.

“You talk about how great your defense was, and it was fantastic, but fail to realize that Texas had twice as many yards against your fantastic defense, as your offense had against the UT defense.”

This is pretty negative talk coming from someone telling huskers to be classy. I’m just saying in a classy way, your tone wasn’t so nice. If you’re passing through Lincoln, NE, stop in for a beer, I’ll buy.

Born, raised, corn feed husker. Amen!

Think about this:  Texas, which gave up NINE sacks, wasn’t called for a single holding penalty.  And T thinks the calls went both ways?  Interesting.

I’m a Penn State fan by birth, but a Longhorn fan by marriage.

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Wow T you’ve seen refs screw Nebraska with not one but two teams.

How is Nebraska’s offense THIS BAD?

We have without question the best D in the nation, but until NU can move the ball like a D1 team, then this is the best we can hope for.

I’d rather have us lose like this than it be a blow out….

Where was Texas’s amazing offense last night?  Getting thrown around the field by our D, or praying on their knees while waiting on the sidelines…..I’m sure Mr. McCoy is going to be taking some bruises with him to Pasadena….(Because his flight got cancelled to New York)....

The way I look at it Suh got the last laugh pummeling McCoy’s ass right after he threw that ball…He may have a shot for the BCS Trophy, but not the Heisman

World Animals:

Africa has the Lion

China has the Panda

Japan has Godzilla

& Nabraska has Suh

LET IT GO!! EVERYONE IN ESPN, FOX, CBS SPORTS IS SAYING THAT THE OFFICIALS GOT IT RIGHT AND THERE WAS 1 SEC LEFT….GET OVER IT…..YOU LOST!!

T,

I think that regarding the clock, point understood.  I would put it to you that the tone of a lot of your commentary is slightly over the top.  IF you want to use the total of 200 total offensive yards as a measure of how well you performed, plus the 9 sacks & 3 INT’s, more power to you.  Even the passing yards two of them came on shovel passes.  I think by any objective set of criteria, the Texas offense was shut down. No getting around that.  No Heisman for Colt because he was shut down by House of Spears and The Blackshirts.  I’m really surprised there weren’t more holding calls because Mack left Suh one-on-one a lot, and that is NOT humanly possible at this level of football without a hurricane of penalty flags.  Shipley was quiet (guy is a heck of a ballplayer though). Your last drive had 30-yards of penalties to put you in FG range.  There’s an air of smugness about your post, and frankly it’s that sense of condescending entitlement that abounds in Longhorn nation that doesn’t go down to well throughout the Big 12.  Was there not a “conspiracy” last year when Oklahoma was selected for the National Championship game?  All glory is fleeting my friend.  You are going to have a great, great, great deal of difficulty with Alabama.  The ball awareness issues that we had at times (Hagg, but some of the PI’s were REALLY questionable) are just not going to happen with Nick Saban corners.  If you can’t bump & run with ball awareness then you can’t be a Nick Saban Corner.  Try those back shoulder throws, China routes and continue to run your 10 spread at your own peril.  Coach Brown will be outcoached, outprepared, and outclassed by a sharper football mind across the field in Pasadena. . .

As a Penn State fan by birth I would expect a little better on the tone.  Penn State are some of the absolutely best fans out there. . .

Yes offense was bad.. however huskers won that game.. it happens ,, I just can’t wait for the asswhoopin that alabama is going to give texas.. i will enjoy seeing mack B look like a little bbbeeeattcchhhhh at the end of the game..

Nebraska got SCREWED!!! 

The Officials STOLED the game for TX, and EVERYONE KNOWS IT!!!  Congrats to the REAL 2009 Big-12 Champion Cornhuskers!!!

Great game. 

The game was not “stoled” by officials.  No time for classsless name calling.  Let’s congratulate Texas and go after Arizona.

Longhorn13 Dec 07 09

Caps lock is located in between The Tab and Shift key. I just hope that when Alabama is up 52-7 the refs keep putting 1 second back on the clock.

To the poster Jon, who asked, “when did the end of the game become reviewable?”  Read the rest of the NCAA 2009 rule book, in which Rule 12, Section 3, Article 6 states: “No other plays or officiating decisions are reviewable.  However, the replay official may correct egregious errors, including those involving the game clock, whether or not a play is reviewable.” 

It is clear as day that the replay official could review the clock. 

DK in D,

Whose clock?

Cornhuskers- all true football fans will be pulling for Alabama to mutilate Texas and time will not be a factor because it will get ugly early.

Go Huskers and BAMA (all caps for the post earlier!)

Why not hire Callahan back but as offensive coach.  At least Nebraska had a viable offense under Callahan.

For all of the stupid NU fans out there who think NU got screwed please shut up and don’t speak every again.  The right call was made.

Take a look at what we lost on offense last year.  We had no one step up and make any plays this year except for Paul.  We don’t have the talent just yet and the talent we do have needs to develop.  We don’t need new offensive coaches just some playmakers and we’re getting there.  I firmly believe that. 

I promise you this will be a team to be reckoned with next year.

Congrats to the Horns and good luck in the NC game.  Get it for the Big 12. 

jerry W makes a good point. 

Can someone teach Pellini how to breathe with his mouth closed?  Maybe he shouldn’t chew gum.

Now let’s go get Arizona!

I must admit, Mack Brown has a lot of class.

Tried to end Suh’s career on the first play of both the first and second half with blatant chop blocks to his lower leg.

Typical ‘Horn filth.

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