August 7, 2006

Top 10 Husker losses of all time - #5

Top 10 Husker losses of all time - #5

November 15th, 2003

Kansas State 7 0 10 21 - 38
Nebraska 0 7 0 2 - 9
@ Lincoln, NE
A - 78014

In our countdown over the past few days, we've seen losses that sting. We've seen losses that were unexpected. We've seen losses that cost championships. Hell, we've even seen losses that technically weren't losses. However, this is one of those times where context overrides all else in terms of the pain a loss inflicted on the mighty corn.

When looking back at the 2003 Huskers, there really wasn't all that much to be ashamed of prior to K-State's now annual beating of Nebraska. The Huskers were 18th in the nation at the time, fighting for a spot in the Big 12 Title game. They had only lost twice all season: Once to a talented Texas team in Austin, and once as Brad Smith's personal Playstation game in Columbia. Even after the eventual loss to the Wildcats on a cold November night in front of 78,000 John Deere owners, the Huskers still went on to beat Colorado in Boulder and beat Michigan State handily in the Alamo Bowl.

No, what is bad about this loss, is the sheer way things went down. It's widely known that this particular night was the night Frank Solich was kicked to the curb. It was also the night Steve Pederson introduced himself to the world as the biggest crack-pot, hypocrite, self-centered dictator since Mussolini. This loss was culminated not only by the piss pour performance of the Red and White, (no, I'm not saying "scarlet and cream"...that's just fucking stupid) but by the way K-State took them behind the woodshed, beat them senseless, slapped them around and then told them they fucked their wife the night before. We talked on Saturday how Miami let up on the throttle to keep NU within respectability standards. KSU did no such thing on this night.

Trash talking the entire way, the Cats taunted and teased the Huskers in their worst home loss in 45 years. Tied up at the half, KSU blew the doors open early and often in the third, breaking the game with the feet of El Roberson. As if that weren't bad enough, Roberson went to the air as the lead increased, throwing touchdown passes of 63 and 37 yards to James Terry.

As the game got out of hand, things got worse. A TD run by Ayo Saba with a minute and a half left, sent the Husker faithful into a state of despair and anger seldom seen in our lifetime. After the 38-9 ass-pounding, and the proud (yet pathetic) tradition of clapping for the opposing team after the game died, Husker defensive coordinator Bo Pelini blew a gasket, screaming down head coach Bill Snyder. Pelini, who's defense was humiliated in ways that would make Marv Albert blush, showed his true colors by throwing a tantrum at one of the Big 12's most successful who exposed the blackskirts for what they were. The offense wasn't much better for the Hicks, finishing with 293 yards total offense, 98 of them passing. Jamal Lord, paving the way for underachieving shitty quarterbacks everywhere was an impressive 8-26 with 2 interceptions. On the other side of the ball, Roberson threw for an impressive 313 yards, while Darren Sproles scampered for 140 on 25 carries.

Did I mention this game was for the North title and was played in Lincoln? Did I mention world class prick and athletic director Steve Pederson was so enraged by the game, that he fired Frank Solich after the next week's game? (Ironically a win over a tough Colorado team in Boulder?)

This purple beat down brought down an empire, and ushered out the option era for good. In the off-season that followed, Pederson's first 4 choices turned him down, and the team was left with a second-year NFL flunky that to this day is still trying to find his identity as the college coaching genius that many of his fans think he is.

For kicking their ass all over their own turf, for sending Frank Solich into coaching oblivion, for humiliating a once proud fan base and literally killing a brand of football that stood the test of time for 40 years, the 2003 Kansas State Wildcats are responsible for the 5th worst loss in Husker history.

Tomorrow - "Those are some big holes"


Blogger Husker Mike said...

Pelini's defense kept the game somewhat close through the first 3 quarters; it was 17-7 at the start of the 4th. They went for turnovers at that point, and promptly gave up a couple of long touchdown bombs to pull away, followed a final score by KSU's starters against the scout team getting a chance to play in the final home game of the year. (Thus inciting Pelini's temper-tantrum.)

A disappointing game for sure, but K-State was really rolling at that point. A couple of weeks later they smashed Oklahoma (who was being touted as the latest "greatest team ever") in the Big XII championship game. In that respect, it's not the score or the game that make this game a huge loss for the Huskers, but rather Steve Pederson's reaction.

11:12 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Agree 100% my friend.

That's why as I was looking up things on that game..the Huskers really didn't a) play that badly through most of the game, nor did they tank the rest of the season.

You are correct, Pelini's tantrum and Pederson's actions made this game bigger than it was.

And yes, K-State hit the throttle right after that, and was playing as well as anybody in the country at that time.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I still can't believe they didn't offer the job to Pelini-- that might have been the one thing to earn the Huskers any semeblence of respect in my eyes.

As it is now, Pelini went to Oklahoma where he can continue to embarass the Huskers in many ways.

Speaking of Pederson and new coaches-- has he announced Huston Nutt as the new basketball coach, yet?

1:01 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

Pelini is at LSU now...

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but no way was Bo mature enough to handle a head job at Nebraska. Since then, he has moved to Oklahoma for one year and now he is at LSU. He has been passed up for a handful of head coaching jobs at other schools, such as Syracuse. If he is such a great catch, why is he still a coordinator? Pelini's defense was manhandled in the three losses that year. He was and is in no way head coaching material. Not yet, anyway.

2:07 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

I actually thought he was a pretty good defensive mind, althoug his scheme was prone to giving up the big play.

You may have somethign on the maturity aspect though. However, look at the games from that 03 season, and there were a lot of good performances by his defense. (Just not this one)

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only No. 5??
Nebraska never should have scored. Lord threw a touchdown pass with his knee on the ground (SEE Lincoln Journal Star photo or any instant replay)
K-State gave Nebraska a gift two points on a safety.
38-9?? It should have been worse.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to see anyone involved with husker athletics complain about having the score run up on them--especially by kansas state--is an absolute laugh riot. bo took it a little too far. he obviously hasn't seen some of the husker-wildcat scores from over the years.

12:15 AM  

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