August 9, 2006

Top 10 Husker losses of all time - #2

All Time Husker losses of all time - #2

September 25th, 1982

Nebraska 0 7 7 10 - 24
Penn State 7 7 7 6 - 27
@ State College, PA
A - 85,304

"The play out of bounds wasn't the fault of Penn State or the quarterback or the coach. But it was one of the all-time lowlights of officiating. It affected the outcome of the game, and we lost only one game that year." - Husker secondary coach and noted whiney crybaby George Darlington to the Omaha World Herald

When you're surrounded by Husker fanatics as I am every day, you tend to get a certain vibe about things. You realize the hypocrisy in their relationship with their players when one day they refer to Lawrence Phillips as, "LP" and the day after he is kicked off the team he is suddenly "That jackoff who sucked anyway and wanted to destroy our program." Remember, these are the same people who cry like a 4-year old girl hit by a bus when Harrison Beck leaves them, only to appoint themselves recruiting geniuses when they land players such as Chris Brooks who screw over other teams on their way to Lincoln.

One thing is also crystal clear however....NO GAME in the modern history of Husker football has pissed these people off more than the 1982 game with Penn State. To THIS DAY, if you even mention Penn State football out loud, some guy with a plaid shirt and a Roundup Herbecide hat within 15 feet of you will lurch to his feat and yell, "That fucker was out of bounds!" Sure, there have been other losses, as we've seen throughout this week and after each one Husker fan has shown a variety of emotions. Husker fan has been sad, Husker fan been down, Husker fan has been encouraged, he's been depressed and even ambivalent...but never has a loss so sent Husker fan into a state of anger, rage and denial such as this one.

Flash back 24 years to a Nationally televised game in the hills of Western Pennsylvania. #2 Nebraska is taking on #13 Penn State in one of the nation's best early season non-conference matchups. The Huskers are led by a plethora of all-American's to be, including junior Turner Gill and convicted drug offender Mike Rozier. Penn State's high powered offense featured the best 1-2 punch in the nation in Curt Warner and Todd Blackledge.

With the Lions up 21-17 in the 4th, a 1 yard plunge by Gill put the Huskers ahead with 1:18 to play, sending thousands of goofy looking fans wearing overalls into a delirium. Not to be forgotten, the previous few years of Husker football started a tradition that would last throughout the 80's and into the early 90's....a decent regular season followed by losing late when it counted. But on this night, it appeared that the talented Huskers would pull off the huge victory on the road in front of the largest crowd ever to watch a Nebraska football game.

Ahhh...but Penn State wasn't done. Blackledge guided the Nittany Lions down the field to the Nebraska 17 with about 15 seconds left to play. What happened next would start Husker fans down the road to perdition. To this day, Husker fans who were as young as 2 years old at the time, will fly into a blind rage that would make Russel Crowe proud at the very mention of the follwing play.

With the clock winding down under 5 seconds, Blackledge hit wide receiver Mike McCloskey sliding out of play at the 2 yard line. Husker players were completely enraged that McCloskey had caught the ball out of bounds. Even Husker head coach Tom Osborne, known as the poster child for calm under pressure, reacted to the play violently, protesting to the line judge, "Hey sir...he was out of bounds. I think you missed that call."

Penn State quickly stepped to the line in the commotion, as Blackledge dropped back. The senior hit tight end Kirk Bowman in the back of the end zone as time expired...again to the outrage of the Husker players and staff, who insisted the ball hit the ground. According to the Omaha World Herald (9/9/02), the classiest team in the nation's running back coach Gene Huey smashed a chair against the Beaver Stadium press box window as various other coaches punched walls and threw notebooks. Even former secondary coach George Darlington told reporters 20 years later that never in his 203 years of coaching football had he seen such a shitty call.

Penn State went on to beat Georgia for the National Title in the Sugar Bowl that year, as one of Nebraska's greatest teams ever had to settle for yet another bridesmaid dress. (One they would wear for the next 12 years).

Much like Saddam Hussein's Iraq who are taught from an early age that Zionists in the west were keeping them in shackles, children in Nebraska are taught at an early age that Mike McCloskey royally bent them over a sofa and fucked them out of a national championship. Walk into any pre-school from Bellevue to Cozad, and the first thing the young child will tell you was that that asshole Bowman trapped the ball, McCluskey was out of bounds and the Huskers should have won title #3 that day. You think I'm kidding? Do it. Even when I asked some Husker friends about this game for this post, they immediately went into a tirade about how shitty the officiating was, and how there was no way in hell either one of those plays should have counted. It just goes to show how one bad call and affect the lives of so many who have so little else.

For taking a soft-spoken and upstanding fan base and turning them into rage-filled crybabies...for giving us a new definition for the word "hypocrisy" (i.e. bitching about a call 24 years later..after winning the 97 national title on a kicked ball) and for showing us that nice fans should always finish last...Joe Pa's 1982 Penn State Nittany Lions have the distinction of delivering the 2nd greatest Husker loss in history.

Tomorrow - "The Granddaddy of them all"

PLUS - Honorable Mentions


Blogger Husker Mike said...

Then-Westside head coach Dan Young (who went on to coach the O-line for the Huskers) sold a bunch of t-shirts in the early 80's showing the modified Beaver Stadium playing field with a bump-out inside the 10 yard line so that McCloskey's foot could be considered inbounds.

I'm going to take a shot at your #1: A combination "Where was the clip?" and "That was a fumble, not a touchdown!"

9:22 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

I've actually seen those.

Yeah..when I started, I had a clear number one..but now I'm not so sure.

9:30 AM  
Blogger West Coast Sloth said...

Interesting--the top two losses in my view are the Orange Bowls ten years apart where Nebraska lost very tough games to Miami and Florida State. One of them will likely be #1, while the other is out of the top ten? Very interesting.

10:48 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

I have my reasons

10:49 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

My dad is 52 and he still brings this game up when we're watching TV...'I hope they didn't bring in the crew from Happy Valley this week'...

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... are a douche bag. You must sit at home on your PC with your dick in your hands just thinking about all the NU fans that you "think" you are pissing off. I haven't read enough of your crap to figure out what team YOU root for...I'm sure they have had the same problems that any other team across the nation has had. Get a life...

1:57 PM  
Anonymous GFS said...

AJ, just read your profile. If you hate life in Nebraska so much, why don't you move to NYC or LA? If I had to guess, you're one of those liberals who finds the exceptions and then extrapolates from there to paint an entire group in a negative light. In your case, you find a few hypocrite NU fans and go on from there. I can't stand jealous cynics like you who rejoice when the object of your scorn suffers misfortune. Get some class!

Gawd! I'm taking this way too seriously. -GFS.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey AJ, I've enjoyed the top ten list so far. I've laughed my butt off a couple of times, but as a fan of NU football, I'm wondering if anybody, even you, could put together 10 top wins for Missouri football. I think you'd have to include the 1953 win over Western Guam just to get to 7.....

Just kidding, can't wait for the #1 loss of all time.

Mrkaline in Indiana

10:51 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Mrkaline cracks me up. Looking forward to see you this year at the Q. Hope you can make it.

As for the guy who said I get off making NU fans pissed off?

Worked on you didn't it?

Thanks for stopping by.

As for GSF...relax. They're only words. Don't take this shit so seriously.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I think in the dilusion that is Nebraska, that some of these hicks don't get that some of us don't have a choice-- we live where work takes us... we live where we have opportunities for education... we live here because our parents are here.

We live here... we don't have to like it.

Fuck's sakes... anyone who would CHOOSE to live in Nebraska on their own free will needs a bullet to the back of the head.

11:51 PM  
Anonymous "Obsessed Husker Fan" said...

Hey AJ,

Seriously man, if you hate Nebraska so much then why the fuck are you still here? Move on and do something with your life. I actually think the shit you right is funny, fucked up, but funny. But if the state of Nebraska annoys you so much, then get the fuck out. No one cares if youre here or not. What team do you root for anyway? Or you just root against the Huskers? Thats fine, but holy shit man. Find a hobby or something, good God, and you call us Husker fans obsessed? Ive never seen someone so obsessed with hating one team. But whatever, youre creative and clever and thats why I like you, even though I have no idea why you dont just move away. Anyway, have a great day obsessing over the Huskers and how much you hate them. One more thing, Id love to actually meet you in person one day so maybe I could help you resolve some issues and turn those creative talents into something useful.

5:06 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Here's the deal...

My family is job is here...I hate moving and I'm only 3 hours from where I grew up. Is it REALLY worth it to move just because you people annoy me?

I actually wanted to get out of town earlier in my life, but then it occured to me that you people need somebody like me to keep you in line. Don't get me wrong..can you imagine being a Bronco fan living in KC? Or a Steelers fan living in Cleveland? You have it in your head that I'm some kind of anomoly...well, I'm not.

I just happen to be one guy who is good at writing who is here and didn't grow up following the rest of the sheep. The reason I hate you people isn't because of your team. I don't really have a problem with the team itself.

It's the fans. Fans that take themselves too seriously. Fans that nearly have a stroke because some guy wrote some words about them. Fans who annoint themselves "the greatest fans in college football", yet don't even bother to figure out that there are probably a dozen teams that can say the same thing. Why? Because your fans travel? Have you been in Nebraska in fall? Why WOULDN't you travel.

Thanks for the suggestion. Nobody has EVER said that before. I'll seriously consider it.

You're funny.

8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight,
1) The play takes place
2) Osborne runs all the way across the field to violently protest the call with the official that made the call.
3) Yet Penn State quickly steps up to the line and throws a touchdown pass.

Did Osborne make it back to his sideline before the ball was snapped?

Seems like the huskers tales get longer and longer with each passing year.

6:04 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Dear blue and white report readers....the comment about Osborne arguing the call...


GOOD LORD, I can't spell this shit out for you people.

7:51 PM  

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