Standing Tall

When the history of Bo Pelini’s tenure as head football coach at Nebraska is written, the 2011 Penn State game will figure prominently. It will say Pelini never stood taller.

Yes, the Huskers won the game, 17-14, on the road, against a Penn State team that had lost only once. But Pelini has coached many victories during his four seasons. And he’ll coach many more.

What distinguished this game above the others, and those to come, were his words afterward. “Going in, I didn’t think the game should have been played,” he said.

And because of that he was conflicted. During the week leading up to it, “there were times when I felt like, ‘Here, I’m…

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Jays Aim to Return to High Flying Ways

There is a buzz surrounding Head Coach Greg McDermott’s second Bluejay basketball squad, and, no, the youngsters haven’t been over indulging over at the NoDo nightspots. In fact, these guys have been strictly business heading into the season, and word on the street says it could be a good one, maybe even one worthy of a toast when all is said and done.

It’s been five years since Creighton punched a ticket to the Big Dance and ten years since the Jays knocked off Florida for their last NCAA tournament win. But the players and coaches haven’t shied away from talking about the potential this year’s mix of experience, talent and fresh faces has to break that drought.

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Help Wanted

Some Huskers were pulling for Wisconsin when it played Michigan State the week before Michigan State came to Lincoln. But Tyler Legate wasn’t among them.

“I was hoping for a good game,” the senior fullback said on the Monday after.

A Wisconsin victory would have helped Nebraska in its quest to win the Big Ten’s Legends Division and play in the conference championship game at Indianapolis on Dec. 3 because Michigan State and Nebraska are divisional rivals.

However, regardless of the outcome of the Wisconsin game, said Legate, the Huskers would still have to beat Michigan State, which, of course, they did in impressive fashion.

Usually, Legate doesn’t pick one team over another, but when…

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Back In Black

When will the Blackshirts be handed out?

From the beginning that question was clearly a major irritant. So over time, reporters quit asking. Bo Pelini would hand out the black practice jerseys when he saw fit, and certainly not because someone else’s interpretation of Husker tradition required it.

Besides, Blackshirts weren’t simply handed out. They had to be earned, in practice as well as in games.

Pelini’s first season, 2008, Blackshirts weren’t earned until early November. They were handed out after the 10th game, at Kansas, 11 of them.

In 2009, as near as anybody could tell, they were handed out on the Friday before the Texas Tech game, following an off-week and a victory…

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Pass and a Prayer

The odds against such a finish are considerable. They favored overtime.

The play began with 4 seconds remaining, the score tied at 31 and the line of scrimmage the Wisconsin 44-yard line. Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a Hail Mary pass that was deflected out of the end zone and into the hands of the Spartans’ Keith Nichol near the goal line.

Nichol pushed forward as Wisconsin defenders pushed back. The officials ruled in favor of the Wisconsin defenders. But a video review determined otherwise: Michigan State 37, Wisconsin 31.

“I knew it immediately,” said Brandon Kinnie. “I was like, ‘Yeah, he’s across.’ ”

“Absolutely, I thought he was in the end zone before…

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Taylor’s Tempestuous Week

Taylor Martinez had to pause and laugh while complimenting his teammates following Nebraska’s 34-27 come-from-behind victory against Ohio State.

As he was saying how proud he was of the team, he leaned forward and laughed.

The immediate cause was teammate Ron Kellogg III, a back-up quarterback who was standing behind the bank of cameras and reporters on the edge of the weight room.

Teammates often try to elicit reactions from each other during post-practice interviews but rarely post-game. So this was out of the ordinary – and entirely appropriate, considering Martinez had come through a difficult week to lead the biggest comeback in school history. He needed to laugh.

Just over 4 minutes into the…

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Perplexing Problems

Few, if any, saw this coming: Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17.

Yes, the oddsmakers gave Wisconsin more of an advantage than expected for a game involving undefeated teams, ranked seventh and eighth nationally. But a 31-point margin of victory for the No. 7 Badgers? Who could have imagined such a Big Ten debut for Nebraska?

Perhaps the most perplexing aspect of the Huskers’ lopsided loss was the continued problems on a defense that coordinator Carl Pelini said prior to spring practice had the potential to be the best during his time at Nebraska. “It’ll be interesting how it all comes together,” he said.

With All-America candidates at all three levels of the defense – tackle Jared Crick,…

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