Shooting Point Blank

While I was at my other job on Saturday, countless people commented to me that there was no chance in Hades that Nebraska was going to keep this game respectable. In fact, they went beyond that and said that the beating Oklahoma was going to put on Nebraska was going to be one of the worst in the school's history, potentially worse than the Wreck at Tech. I wasn't so sure of this and that's why I took Nebraska and the points. A happy Blankman was I with that final field goal.

Going into this game, a good number of people on and offline had given me reasons why Nebraska was going to get slaughtered like an all-you-can-eat buffet by Louie Anderson, but I just didn't believe them.  There were small pockets of folks who agreed with my viewpoint, but I understood why they were small.  The mixture was there for Oklahoma to absolutely demolish Nebraska in ways that the Cornhuskers did when John Blake was at the helm for the Sooners.  In fact, at one point, it looked like not only Oklahoma would cover the spread, but that Nebraska would be served its first shutout since 1996 when Arizona State beat NU 19-0…whoops.


I gotta say, honestly, I was ready to accept that the above was going to become a reality before Joe Dailey chucked the pigskin into the dirt which caused a grin to creep across my face as I realized what was going to happen.  As David Dyches clunked in his field goal to make the final tally 30-3, I actually laughed out loud.  There would be no 69-7 or 73-21 or even 37-0 for Oklahoma even with a Nebraska team in transition.  There wouldn't be any shutout, heck, they wouldn't even cover the spread.  As a guy who appreciates the little ironies and funny nuances of life, this hit me just right.


Now, I do want to say that I respect Oklahoma a lot.  They've got a great quarterback, top notch runningbacks, receivers that just can flat out ball and solid nucleus of defensive players.  It was fun to see Nebraska-Oklahoma again, even if NU couldn't pack the punch they normally would.  I miss the rivalry, I really do, but some day soon, it will return, possibly as soon as next year.  I found it interesting, however, that Nebraska was able to hold Adrian Peterson, a guy who I both love and hate at the same time, to 58 yards, snapping a nine-game span of 100+ yard days.  A tip of the hat goes to both teams as OU showed why they're one of the top teams in the nation and to NU, as they never said die.


I'm not usually one to hand out awards following a loss, but there's one young man who I feel deserves to be acknowledged, period.  Blankman's Golden Workhorse Award goes to Cory Ross, a kid who despite having a toe that resembles a pitted plum, bashed and bullied his way towards 130 yards against an OU defense that he supposedly had no chance against.  Cory went down during the game and was diagnosed with a bruised sternum.  Knowing Porkchop, he will probably be back in the starting lineup against Colorado ready to make life difficult for the Buffaloes.  Cory is truly what this program is all about.  He is a kind young man with a can-do spirit who never gives up.  He's easy to root for because he's everything that many of us want to be.


Overall, it's been a difficult year for many to adjust to.  A lot of people just don't want to accept that under the circumstances, good things can be found and hey, that's just fine.  My job isn't to push an opinion on you or your friends, but rather to give you another viewpoint to take a gander at.  Personally, I came away from this loss more encouraged than I have from some of Nebraska's wins this year.  I'm not a big believer in moral victories, but, if you've read my columns for any length of time, you'll know that I am a believer in finding things to take away from losses.


As mentioned earlier, the team played with fight and spirit.  They never said "Let's pack it up and get on home" or any such nonsense.  As long as a Nebraska Cornhusker team can go out and fight with the best of them, give it their all and never quit, then I can accept a loss here and there.  Do I enjoy it?  Absolutely not.  I'm a sore loser as anyone who's ever been with me on the fields of battle can tell you.  That said, I felt that this team did what they could in Norman.  Was it fantastic?  No, not really, but it was encouraging, at least to me.  I know, that'll get me flambéed by a few folks, but I don't really care.  The Cornhuskers are on the right track; I believe that and will continue to do so as they continue to improve even in these, the lean years.


Next up is a bye week so that Cory can rest himself and various other bumps and bruises can be taken care of.  Following that, the Colorado Buffaloes come to town for what looks to be yet another classic showdown between a team that gang-tackles and a team that gang…naw…too easy.  Anyhow, keep your chins up, Husker Faithful.  Much good is to be seen in the coming weeks.


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===Brandon a.k.a. Blankman #71===

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