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Would you rather be Lincoln or in Lincoln?

Posted on: October 24, 2009 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2009 12:11 pm

Who do you want to be Saturday night?

Niles Paul or Daniel Lincoln?

Neither guy will be able to get a date, or much sympathy. Goats? With horns.

If you haven’t seen the two most compelling plays of the day, pull up a screen. Lincoln is the Tennessee kicker who kicked .250 against Alabama in a 12-10 loss. That’s another way of saying he went one for four, the last miss was a 44-yard attempt that was blocked by Alabama’s Terrence Cody as time ran out.

Perhaps you’ve already seen Mt. Cody ripping off his helmet and going nuts after Bama’s victory. If it wasn’t for Nebraska’s loss to Iowa State – more on that below – Cody would have been upstaged by Husker defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh who blocked two field goals.

Either way it was a bad day to be Lincoln or in Lincoln.

Paul is the Nebraska receiver who was part of the Huskers’ epic snowman against Iowa State. That would be eight – count ‘em eight – eight turnovers in a 9-7 loss to the Cyclones.

More turnovers than points. More embarrassment than Pee Wee Herman when he got caught in that theater.

Ahem, yes, well, let’s move on.

 Paul contributed probably the most spectacular of the turnovers in the first half. Sailing free for a long catch and run for a touchdown, Paul inexplicably dropped the ball at about Iowa State’s 5 without being hit. The ball then bounced right to him. Good luck, right? Paul stumbled, on his own, and went down about the 2.

The ball came loose again (the ground can cause a fumble when you don’t have control of it). The Iowa State defender practically trotted up to the ball in the end zone and snagged it for a touchback.

Eight turnovers tied the school record and were the most in 37 years since, amazingly, 1972 when Nebraska was pretty good. Remember?

Remember this: Iowa State was an 18 ½-point underdog and hadn’t won in Lincoln in 32 years. It’s starting quarterback and tailback were out with injuries. The team itself was wracked with a stomach bug that, according to the wire story, affected the team at halftime.


If they weren’t wearing those famous uniforms and selling out every game there are times when the ‘Skers could be mistaken for a Conference USA team this season. Nebraska has now played one serviceable quarter in the last three games (12 quarters). That would be the 27-point fourth-quarter against Missouri on October 8.

In the remaining 11 quarters against Missouri, Texas Tech and Iowa State, the Huskers have scored 17 points. In the last 14 quarters against BCS conference competition, No-Point Nebraska has scored 20 points.

The result contributed to an increasingly ugly Big 12 North situation. Halfway through the conference schedule, Kansas State is 3-1 after a 20-6 victory over Colorado. The Wildcats are the team in the division above an above-.500 conference record.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: October 28, 2009 7:18 pm

Would you rather be Lincoln or in Lincoln?


As has been discussed ad nauseum on these boards, radio shows, etc. your assessment of the alternate outcome is incorrect.  It all comes down to the ball having been recovered by an Alabama player.  The rule is that if the ball does not cross the line of scrimmage but is blocked, bad snap, etc. then it is basically like a fumble (although I don't believe the kicking team can advance it).  Therefore if the defending team gets the ball, they take possession.  Had Tennessee fallen on the ball and the penalty called (it should have been) then your assessment would be correct.  However, since Alabama usurped the ball the penalty simply would have backed them up 15/25 yards (whichever it is for the flagrant personal foul) and would have taken a knee on the untimed play from scrimmage.

I'm with you on all the bad calls, missed calls, and questionable judgment situations...while they did fail to call this one, it would not have affected the game outcome one iota.



Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2009 5:31 pm

Cody's helmet

If the MANDATORY unsportsmalike conduct penalty had been called on Cody when he ripped his helmet off before the play was over, the TN kicker would have had another attempt from 25 yds. Even with his bad hammy he probably makes that kick and Bama loses. As Danielson said at the end of the CBS broadcast, I don't want to get into the Alabama, Florida conspiracy, but how many weeks do we have to sit and watch Al and FL benefit from BS calls against their opponents or non calls against them that directly impact their games before we believe it.  And, by the way, that pick six in the FL/MS ST. that ESPN proved was stripped on the 2yd line was also a unsportsmanlike taunting penalty that was not called. The SEC officiating is the worst I've seen in 45 years of watching colege football. It's a disgrace.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2009 2:32 am

Would you rather be Dodd or a Dudd?

Shame on you, Dodd.

Whattsa matter?  Did you get upset while the 'Horns were up by three touchdowns in the first quarter against your Paper Tigers and decide to pick a fight with the bigger kid on the block?

You're a hack with no sense of objectivity.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2009 10:10 pm

Lincoln's kicks

At least Lincoln had an excuse having damaged his hammy earlier in the season. This injury kept him from being able to get any height on the ball.

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