Extra Points: The Mustache Miracle edition

2013-11-02T22:55:00Z Extra Points: The Mustache Miracle editionBy BRIAN CHRISTOPHERSON JournalStar.com

Player said it: “It was crazy. Some guy with a corn hat came on the field. I don’t think he was allowed on the field. He ran into me. I just looked and I didn’t care because I was so excited.” -Quincy Enunwa

Coach said it: “I’m not taking credit for it happening or anything, but I said to Kazo (Rick Kaczenski) before the ball was snapped that Jordan was going to catch a tipped pass in the end zone. Sometimes the power of positive thinking might help.” –John Papuchis

Awesome audio: Announcers are often judged by how they call the big moments. To that, give major props to Greg Sharpe and Matt Davison for their call of the final play on the Husker Sports Network. Great call, great emotion. It was also fitting that Davison, the man who caught the last-second touchdown off a deflection against Missouri in 1997, was in the booth. Davison was just as excited on Saturday: “Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!” he screamed. “What a scene in Lincoln, baby! Woooo!” (Listen to it here.)

Confirmed by Pelini: In those moments right after the final play, defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski was searching for confirmation that Jordan Westerkamp was definitely over the goal line. It was a Pelini – Bo’s son Patrick – who put his mind at ease. “It’s a touchdown, Coach,” Patrick told him.

No room for error: There’s a good chance Nebraska will have to win all four of its remaining games to win the Legends Division because Michigan State isn’t giving any ground. Besides the Nov. 16 meeting with Nebraska, the Spartans have games against Northwestern and Minnesota. Those aren’t pushover games, especially with how Minnesota is playing. But the Huskers also shouldn’t expect Michigan State, and its dominating defense, to lose either of those games. So there’s no room to slip for the Huskers. And next week is going to be all sorts of tough. Michigan may have looked bad Saturday, but the Wolverines are yet to lose in The Big House under Brady Hoke.

The 12th man: Bo Pelini praised the crowd, and compared the final roar on the Westerkamp catch to the same one heard in this stadium in 2008 when Alex Henery kicked a 57-yarder. He was right about the crowd. They never gave up on that game Saturday. They were at their best even after the Tommy Armstrong interception, even when it seemed evident Northwestern would at least get a field goal that might win the game. Their belief was rewarded. We can break down the flaws of this team another day. The reason we watch sports is for moments like Saturday, when the unexpected happens, when emotions can do a 180 in a span of four seconds

Headlines: Every week I ask for headlines after the game. Some of the suggestions I get are good and some stink. But we thank all for playing. Here are a few of the entries: “Walk on with a walk off” … “Do you Bo-leave? Hail, yes” … “Air Jordan” … “Westkaught” … “GRRRRREEEEEEAAAAATTT” (Get it? Kellogg?) …“Musical quarterbacks end on high note.” But my favorite entries played off Westerkamp’s mustache. If you did not know the receiver has a mustache, he does. And so there were these suggestions: “Hail to the Stache” and “Mustache Miracle.”

The play: "Geronimo" was the name of Nebraska's final play call. Want to see it again? Sure you do. Hit the link.

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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