I’m not giving up. I’m not ready to yet. I’ve given too much of my heart to this team to walk away, turn my back, or blow them off. One loss does not a season make.
It’s true that Nebraska has a tendency to stumble when the national spotlight shines right on them. However, Saturday’s game will go down in history because not only did the Huskers stumble, it was the time that Jake Cotton took Ke$ha a little too seriously.
Lance Stephenson blows Jake Cotton over dot gif http://t.co/JNvcq5c9yV
— Jared Kaser (@JaredKaser) October 5, 2014
— Salt Creek & Stadium (@tamattes) October 6, 2014
I really thought these kinds of things weren’t going to happen any more.
Jake Cotton wanders around aimlessly. Gets it out of his system before tomorrow. Rubs beautiful belly
— Blackshirt Freshman (@BlackshirtFresh) October 3, 2014
But it could be worse… and it has yet to be disputed.
Am I the only one who thought it looked like Jake cotton is wearing a thong?!?!
— Keya Peteranetz (@FromK_to_Z) October 5, 2014
Alas, Cotton’s tumble was only the beginning of our O-line’s woes.
Jake Cotton flopped in the first quarter. Nebraska's offensive line, as a whole, flopped for the entire half. #Huskers
— Alex Lantz (@AlexLantz) October 5, 2014
Nebraska’s offensive line was about as effective as a 40-year old condom – just letting every damn thing through.
— Husker Nation (@Husker__Nation) October 5, 2014
Nebraska’s offensive line has given up as many sacks tonight as it did in the first five games. #Huskers
— Dan Hoppen (@danhoppen) October 5, 2014
Sigh. It’s almost like we were playing a real team.
Nebraska did not deserve to win that game, at least for the first three quarters. The team wasted golden opportunities; Tommy looked terrified in the pocket and didn’t look through his progressions, like, ever; Ameer couldn’t get himself any holes. It was nothing short of a clusterfuck. A Huskerfuck? Whatever you call it, it was bad.
A tiny glimmer? For how often our defense had to be out there, we did well enough to keep the Huskers in the game. For a usually high-powered offense like Big Red’s, 27 points should have been nothing to overcome. But we couldn’t, and if it weren’t for the Blackshirts, we wouldn’t have been set up for a potentially thrilling comeback.
We showed something in the 4th quarter. We showed the heart that we hear about. No one gave up, and no one gave in. The D shored up. Tommy calmed down. Two drives resulted in a touchdown. DeMornay Pierson-El kept up his one-man punt-return show, and came through when it was needed most.
For a team that looked dead for three quarters, we were ALIVE. We were thriving. Sure we needed some luck. But what’s that they say about luck? Sometimes it’s pretty fucking stupid except when it goes your way and then it’s totally radical.
Something like that…
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky and good. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Yadda Yadda blah blah blah.
We weren’t prepared. Not the way we should have been, and certainly not early on. But we got our ducks in a row, our shit together, and we scared MSU, as we should. We were off kilter for 75 percent of a game, with people falling over, and Mark Pelini snapping the ball at will. But for 25% of the game – ONE. FUCKING. QUARTER. – we were on point. It took only one quarter to make it a game. We made it something worthwhile. Maybe MSU is all its are cracked up to be. Maybe we were caught off guard for a bit. One thing is for certain: Nebraska isn’t going to roll over and die. Because god damn, we can keep up with, and surpass this team in the B1G championship when we are firing on all cylinders for four quarters, and of that, I am convinced. If we had gotten just 5 more minutes of productivity in any of the 3 previous quarters, the scoreboard may have told a completely different story.
I still believe, because we’ve got guys like this:
— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) October 5, 2014
Tommy Armstrong still confident in defeat: "This is not the last time theyre going to see us. I can promise you that. We plan on going 11-1"
— Jon Nyatawa (@JonNyatawa) October 5, 2014
Ameer Abdullah: "Oh, we're going to respond. … We're going to get to Indiana." #Huskers
— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 5, 2014
(Side note: Ameer still leads the nation in rushing after only putting up 45 yards on Saturday. So lets all just remember which dog is still top dog, you fucking asshats that have questioned his ability. I’M LOOKING AT YOU EVERY ANALYST EVER.)
Any team that can bounce back, scare the day’s lunch out of your dumb Spartan butthole, and do it without one of its top receivers for half the game?
That’s a team I believe in.