Weird title for a blog right? yeah, I thought so…
After Saturday’s game of which the Huskers didn’t show up for at all and totally got trampled by the stampede that the Longhorns had coming for two weeks, it could have been possibly for someone or a couple of people to get really angry/frustrated/mad and do something insane. It was a bad loss and Texas did all the right things to get that win into their hands. We have to give them credit cause their defense took it to us and made us look like a little school girl playing against the big boys. Their offense made the right calls and the right reads that got them the points needed to win the game. Sure, we made some horrible plays, on both sides of the ball. Dropping thrown balls like they were filled with lead, and not making tackles, thinking that shoulder bumps would bring a man down. Lets get this straight, we got out-manned, out-played and out-coached.
Two things I think brought this upon our football team. The first one was the pressure we put upon these 18 to 22 years old kids to win a game that us as fans were yearning for since the Big Twelve title game last December. The last-second controversy, which was a good call by the way even though it did seem like the clock guys held that last second for longer than was actual. Having that call and that second being talked about all over the radio, message boards, blogs and face to face, the players definitely got a vibe for what Husker nation was wanting. Then came Red Out Around the World, and the great thinking that putting the Oct. 16th date on the title would help everyone get more pumped… dumb idea. Tom and Bo agreed, that was a bad decision.
The second thing was the hype that kept building once the season started up until the lose. Texas was losing, first UCLA then Oklahoma. The Huskers on the other hand were winning and winning by pretty good margins (except for that one game, SDS) and running the ball without problems. It all looked too good to be true and it wasn’t. I was hearing the week before the game, scores that were out of this world kind of crazy. 46-6 and 38-3 and 49-7 (rough estimates). Crazy pressure put on those players, thinking that the game would be a breeze. You have to remember that Texas has had Nebraska’s number since the Big 12 started and Mac Brown, as well as those Texas players, weren’t going to going into a three game losing streak. That just wouldn’t be thinkable in the minds of anyone connected to the Texas Longhorn football program. I don’t know if the players or even the coaches didn’t prepare as much as they needed to or prepared for what they thought was going to happen. I’m sure from seeing how Taylor Martinez ran through all those defenders into the end zone so many times, the offense probably thought they had everything down and were ready to play right away. Maybe not, but it sure looked like it. I know Bo Pelini took a lot of the blame, but you have to point it towards the other coaches as well. It was an all together coaches and players that made bad decisions.
So, what now? Well, my thought and hopefully most others, or at least the coaches and players, is to look to the next game and definitely to the North. We lost a game and probably are out of the National title contention, unless something crazy happens and we somehow get back up there. We need to look to winning the North, then winning the Big 12 title and where ever we go from there to a bowl game, we should be happy about it. Keep focused ahead and only look behind to see what went wrong and what needs to be fixed. If we can focus on the day to day and winning the North first, then we can deal with the South next.