Is it the scheme? Bo Pelini is not buying the idea Nebraska’s lack of defensive success is related to the scheme. He was asked after the game if it’s time to rethink if that scheme works. “I think you saw in the first half that it works when it’s executed the right way. It’s worked over a long time.”
Tommie tweet: Tommie Frazier was honored at halftime for his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. But it’s something the Husker quarterback tweeted on his @TouchdownTommie account Saturday night that will get as much attention in the days to come. Expressing his opinion on the current state of Husker football, here’s part of Frazier’s tweet: “I hate saying this but this crap is getting old. How in the hell do you not make adjustments or put your players in the position to compete? If this is what is going to happen for the remainder of the season, count me out. I don't care if we lose a game but the way we are losing is just not what Nebraska fans deserve. I have fought, bled, and cried over this program. I didn't do all that for the program to become what it has today. Time for change!”
After letting it sink in for about 4 hours I still struggling. It's time to get rid of the (cont) http://t.co/fqMgFHZWQl— Tommie Frazier (@TouchdownTommie) September 15, 2013
Faking it, not making it: This isn’t second-guessing. I was actually mumbling in the press box before it happened that the Huskers should leave their offense on the field on a fourth-and-3 from their 43-yard line. Or just punt the ball. Nebraska ran a fake punt instead. Nothing wrong with some risk-taking at the right time, but you have to think UCLA was on high-alert for it, given the game situation. The snap went to Brodrick Nickens. He missed a first down by inches. “I felt we needed something to get our momentum back,” Pelini said. “We practiced it. The look was there. It was about numbers. … I was playing to win, not to hang in there.”
Seen this before: Nebraska and UCLA have played each other in football just 12 times. And yet Saturday, amazingly, wasn’t the first time the Bruins scored 28 points in a quarter against the Huskers. UCLA did it to NU at the Rose Bowl in 1988. The Bruins, led by Troy Aikman, scored 28 points in the first quarter and 38 in the first half. Final score: 41-28. That game was also nationally televised on ABC. I remember it as a young kid in Omaha. I remember it mostly because my dad was disgusted enough he turned the channel to the Miss America pageant. Likely someone from the south won that too.
Headlines: Each week, Husker win or loss, I ask fans on Twitter for their headlines on the game. Lots of suggestions this week. A few were even printable. The offense took its fair of shots, with suggestions such as “Scoring Implosion” and “Nofense” and “Huskers go ‘Bear’ in second half.” Another person suggested this hopeful headline: “Nebraska signs deal with Allstate to prevent mayhem like this.” A little wordy perhaps. So we’ll go with this one from Andrew Robinson that probably best summed up how most Husker fans were feeling on what was a beautiful weather day in Lincoln: “AFTERNOON BRUINED.”