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Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

Posted on: September 20, 2009 12:19 am
Edited on: September 20, 2009 4:09 am

Now that my blood pressure has gone down sufficiently for me to form complete sentences, I'm going to try to give a little commentary on a game that tore the collective heart out of Husker Nation.

Yes, it hurt that bad.  At least it did for me.

Despite the Blackshirts playing well for most of the game, they gave up the big play with under two minutes to go and lost another heartbreaker. 

There were a few bright spots, though not bright enough to chase away the gloom after this loss.  Roy Helu Jr. bested his personal single-game mark in rushing.  Alex Henery was stuck on automatic and made a nifty rugby-style punt of 76 yards with Hokie heat in his face.  Niles Paul's 54-yard punt return gave Nebraska a spark and led to their first points of the game.  Defensively, Ndamukong Suh continued to make a name for himself.  If you didn't know who he was before today; you had better know now.

However, both offenses looked horrible at times.  Nebraska couldn't find the end zone with a GPS unit.  The implosion after getting first and goal at the Hokies' 6-yard line will echo in the minds of Husker fans for a long time. 

From what I've seen, many Husker fans are upset with a particular defender, who they believe had a bad game and then gave up the big play.  Personally, I don't like to call out any particular player, especially an amateur.  Yes, he plays for a big-time college program, but he's just a kid.  Besides, he wasn't the only defender fooled on that play (the corner was frozen by Taylor's scramble and let the receiver slip past); however, he was the only player to sack the quarterback on the next one.  If you want a goat, fine.  You want your pound of flesh?  Kick your dog.  Or blame Pelini for not going for it on fourth-and-one when Virginia Tech was out of time-outs and Helu had posted a career rushing day.  The coaches are professionals; blame them for not calling the right plays at the right time, especially in the red zone, and settling for field goals instead of touchdowns.

And while this one hurts, I can't help but feel that Nebraska is still headed in the right direction.  Yes, their record of futility against Top 20 opponents continues, as does their penchant for losing the close game, but I know that the majority of America didn't think that the Huskers would be competitive in Blacksburg, let alone come that close to winning.  On that note, a special shout-out goes to the degenerate gamblers at work who picked VT.  Although there are no moral victories, at least you lost your money.

A lot of people are also saying that the better team lost the game.  While my heart tells me that Nebraska is the better team, you have to score touchdowns, not field goals if you want to win.  You have to be better than a missed call by the officials or a single lapse in pass coverage.  Nebraska failed in that epic fashion.

All Husker fans can do at this point is hope that this young Nebraska team learns something positive from it.

And when Nebraska finally gets that elusive win over a Top 20 team, the scream of jubilation you'll hear coming from North Texas?  That will be me.


Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2009 10:59 pm

Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

Hang in there, Husker.  It could be worse.  You could be an SC fan.  Overall, there weren't too many teams that were overly impressive unless they were playing against vastly inferior competition, except for maybe Miami.  You still have your whole conference schedule to look forward to, and maybe a trip to your conference title game.  That's still all on the table for you.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2009 6:03 pm

Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

Thanks for the encouraging words, BabeMantle.

Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2009 8:55 am

Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

The Huskers and their Fans shouldn't be feeling bad over losing by one point to a talented Hokie team.   Va.Tech not only had the benefit of playing in their own stadium, they were ranked higher.  

(you could find solace in;   example #1---  knowing at least the Huskers didn't lose to a much-lower ranked BYU team and then have to watch that same BYU turn around get clobbered by the mediocre Seminoles.
example #2--- go from the highest peak of elation after beating one of the SEC's elite teams, Georgia,  and then suffer the bottomless abyss of disappointment after losing the very next game to an unranked non-BCS, (although very talented),  Houston team.)
Although a Sooner fan,   I want all the Big-12 conference teams to be successful and I especially want them to win against their non-conference foes.    In addition I'm also a long time admirer of Husker football and I sincerely share your disappointment as I was hoping and expecting Nebraska to win,  just as Husker fans were expecting a victory.   
But if the Huskers had actually beat the Hokies  it would have been viewed as a big upset to all the country outside of the Big-12 area. .... And so,  this razor-thin loss should be viewed by all Nebraska fans, and myself,  as confirmation that the Huskers are indeed back in the mix.... they're back  even if they aren't yet perched on the top rung.    

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2009 1:35 am

Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

This loss hurts a whole lot.  Not much that I can add other than the fact that there was one play that made a huge difference and it wasn't the Taylor pass to Danny Coale.  It would be the Zac Lee misfire to Curenski Gillylen, who made an outstanding catch, but one that wasn't necessary.

Anyway, the pain is probably a bit less for me seeing as I am a Cubs fan and am used to the heartbreak...  A tough loss, yes, one that I am frustrated about, but it doesn't hurt so bad...'d hurt a lot less if we were to beat Oklahoma this year though.. :)

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2009 1:12 am

Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

Thanks, colt, for your input.  You can see the big picture.  More Husker fans should think like you.

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2009 2:33 pm

Epic Fail: Virginia Tech 16, Nebraska 15

I'm right there with you on this one.  It hurt, and initially I found myself cursing the defense for the blown assignment.  Once I regained consciousness after passing out from all the yelling, I took a more studied approach, gave the defense a break, and focussed my ire on the offense's inability to put the ball in the endzone.  Now, 2 full days later, I can't help but be disappointed about the loss, but at the same time I feel a bit more encouraged about this Husker squad and the direction the program is going.  Hang in there Husker fans, there's definitely brighter days on the horizon.

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