This was the happiest 4-6 team and fan base in the country. Remember happy? Forget the record. The heartaches. Don’t think about this tremendous performance, best of the year, and why it hasn’t been there every week.
Each week that's what we are thinking we are going to get, we are going to get everyone's best game. Especially coming here to Nebraska, hostile environment, great tradition. We know they had great players and coaches, so we knew it was going to be a tough game. We just want to finish better."
-- Riley Bullough, Michigan State linebacker
Sure, the Huskers had a controversial touchdown that will be debated for decades, but the Spartans also dropped an interception and had other opportunities like players failing to execute early. The refs missed calls on both sides tonight, but in the end the MSU coaches cost the team tonight.
Maybe I shouldn't be surprised the Big Red masses — all but a few — stood firm and loud behind their boys. Yeah, the fans seem much more hungry than beaten down by losing. The night showed us once again Nebraska is a special place and the football program will be forever special, if cared for correctly.
We’ll all get back to tomorrow’s concerns tomorrow. It wouldn’t be Nebraska football without fretting about the future, but for one night it can go away.
Nebraska turned the tables on fate Saturday night and served notice nationally that the program ain’t dead yet. The hero, quite fittingly, was a junior walk-on receiver who didn’t have a Division I scholarship offer coming out of Lincoln Southwest.
One play before the Brandon Reilly game-winning touchdown, the Spartans literally had victory in their hands. Cornerback Arjen Colquhoun had a pick in the end zone, had it, had it... and then lost the ball as he fell to the ground. It was then you wondered if this day might be different for Nebraska football.
Reilly did, in fact, make a great play. Its legality, though, is sure to spark debate, as seventh-ranked Michigan State (8-1, 4-1 Big Ten) remains in control of its fate in the East Division but needs plenty of help to edge back into playoff contention.
Nebraska's sideline cleared, a season full of pent-up frustration playing out with players and coaches at midfield dancing as the music blared. The Spartans walked slowly toward their locker room. The Huskers kept partying on the field.
-- Assocaited Press
We’ll wait to see what the Big Ten office has to say about it this week, but an apology won’t change the result, or the Spartans’ now-blemished record. And the fact they’re not alone probably won’t offer much solace, either.
Head coach Mark Dantonio and offensive coordinators Dave Warner and Jim Bollman chose to give a shaky defense fewer seconds to defend rather than put the ball in the hands of a quarterback who’s delivered 31 victories at MSU. It didn’t make sense. Not the metrics of it. Nor the lack of courage.