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Sunday, September 28, 2008


"I have to be smarter than that" - Bo Pelini when asked about his 4th quarter unsportsmanlike conduct penalty

Touche' coach. Down 28-23 late in the 4th quarter, the Husker defense had Virginia Tech at 4th and 2 on the NU 35 yard line. Roughing penalty. Move the ball to the 20 yard line. Argue the call. Move the ball to the 10 yard line. Touchdown Tyrod Taylor. 35-23 and two possessions down.

When Pelini was flagged for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Va. Tech's game winning drive, it was inexcusable. It doesn't matter how bad the personal foul call on Ndamukong Suh was. It was called and that's that. There is no instant replay for penalties. There's nothing to be gained by arguing at that point. There is another 15 yards to lose. Let the Hokies have the ball at the 20 yard line. Your defense was playing well enough to hold them to 3 points. Allowing a field goal means it's still a one possession game. Handing the ball to Tyrod Taylor for a first and goal is probably not what you had in mind coach.