Nebraska blew a chance to clinch the Big 12 North Saturday night at College Station when they fell to Texas A&M 9-6. Huskers quarterback Taylor Martinez was injured early in the game when his ankle was stepped on by a lineman during a running play. Head Coach Bo Pelini lost his mind during the game, seeing his offense do very little. In the second quarter he chewed out Taylor Martinez on the sidelines, and throughout the game he was yelling at the refs, even earning an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the 4th quarter. Here’s the video of him chewing out Taylor Martinez in the second quarter:
Pelini’s anger towards the refs was justified; the Huskers were penalized 16 times for 145 yards while Texas A&M only was flagged twice for 10 yards. The most egregious call was a roughing the passer penalty on safety Courtney Osborne who nailed Ryan Tannehill on a 3rd down play. Instead of A&M having a 4th and 11 late in the game and being forced to punt, the penalty put them in position to kick the go-ahead field goal with 3:25 left.
Nebraska can still clinch the Big 12 North with a win over Colorado on Friday. After that, a rematch with Oklahoma State is likely in store in the Big 12 Championship Game. Though Pelini was upset for a good reason, he has to maintain his composure better than that. It’s pretty clear all his bitching only hurt his team more than it helped. When they talk about Texas A&M having the 12th man at Kyle Field, now I know what they meant.Google+