Nebraska bounced back from a devastating loss to Wisconsin to start Big Ten play, things were really looking up for Nebraska after a huge comeback victory against Ohio State and two straight conference wins against Minnesota and Michigan State, but that all changed on Saturday.
The Huskers lost to Pat Fitzgerald and Northwestern, who were 3-5 going into the game–a home game for Nebraska. The Wildcats won 28-25 and helped put the entire Big Ten in a state of shock, confusion, and excitement all at the same time. Nebraska’s win against MSU and loss to Northwestern have arguably been two of the biggest game-changers in the race to win the Big Ten.
That, and Ohio State’s recent three-game tear.
Northwestern had to use QB/WR Kain Colter in place of Dan Persa who was nursing a shoulder injury, and boy was Pat Fitzgerald pleased with the outcome:
“A great program win for us,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “To come on the road and put together our most complete game of the year. … Not perfect. Not a work of art. There are some things we can correct.”
At this point, Northwestern will take what it can get. They are pretty much of the Big Ten race but they helped about three other teams stay in the race with their big victory on Saturday.
Nebraska now controls its own destiny in the Big Ten Legends division, but they pretty much have to win out in order to play in Indianapolis for a shot at the Rose Bowl. They have to face Penn State and Michigan on the road, and then a home game to finish the season against Iowa.
Don’t change that dial, folks.