Just When You Think.....
First…let’s start with you.
You all had a very nice game. In fact, I was almost ready to politely applaud your effort against a lifeless, overrated and completely bored Texas Tech team…which let’s face it…probably didn't even watch film on you after that horrific effort against Mizzou last week. But alas, the Red Raiders couldn’t do what even San Jose State did a good job at..and that was keep the Hick running game down while forcing Ganz to throw on 3rd down. (Seriously...even Western Michigan and New Mexico State had some success at knocking Marlon Lucky down.)
Unfortunately for Leach and company, they weren’t able to keep the horrifically pathetic Husker running game in check, at least for less than four years at a time...which as a perfect opportunity for Joey Ganz to showcase his rifle right arm and have the game of his life; battling back like a warrior for a huge huge victory.
Ok, so he threw quite possibly the dumbest pass of his life in overtime…but damnit…when your program is being flushed down the toilet, what more can you ask for? But you don’t have time to worry about your own shitty team…because you’re taken aback, celebrating your proxy victory over the evil that colon-thundered you at home just 7 days ago. (I don't recall as much celebration in 1997 after your (split) National Title as I saw when Missouri went down in a thriller tonight in Columbia.
So, as for Missouri…I’m not sure where you read such a thing…but I don’t recall predicting a Mizzou national championship. I didn’t count on an undefeated season, a Chase Daniel slam-dunk Heisman nor did I think any sort of easy victory over Okie State was on tap. But, since your own team sucks and you now root against every team above you (Trust me, I know how this works)…let’s break it down. (By the way...if Mizzou beats Texas next weekend...which let's face it...anything can happen this season...they'll be right back in the thick of things)
I’m not sure what Mike Gundy did to his defense, but the pressure the Pokes put on Daniel won the game. I’m not going to lie to you..I’m not some sort of offensive line guru, but I’d like to know how the same offensive line that allowed Daniel to make a four course meal in the pocket while in Lincoln last week could allow that much pressure. Perhaps Okie State is just that good or the Husker front four just sucks that bad. Not sure…but props to Okie State. They outplayed the Tigers in almost every part of the game. They deserve all the credit they can get...I was very very impressed. (especially considering how young they are)
Also, not sure what was wrong with Jeremy Maclin, but he was out of sync all night. You never know whether it is the scheme against him or if he was injured or just having a really crappy night…but regardless, the Cowboys did a great job of taking him out of the game.
Hell, I even thought the Mizzou defense did great at times, but had a hard time stopping the counter draw…which is ironic because it’s the same damn play their own offense runs. They stopped OSU when they had to and gave the offense a chance to win….but in the most ironic of situations, Daniel fires an interception where he is completely screened by the defender…just as Van Alexander’s pick on Joey Ganz last week was caused by a lineman blocking the defender within his vision.
So in the end…Oklahoma has a loss. USC has a loss. Ohio State has a loss. LSU has a loss..hell Florida lost at home to an Ole Miss team that is light years behind what Oklahoma State brings. But in the end, you have to give credit where credit is due, and Mizzou got caught either looking ahead or looking behind…the true definition of a trap game between two circled dates on their pre-season calendar.
I’m pretty sure the world will go on…the Huskers will continue to get blown out and/or moral victories over teams that are too bored to even try…and their fans…well; you people will continue to show me that you are exactly who I thought you were.
Nothing has changed tonight. Your program has lost three straight games. Your players still make idiotic penalties at horrible times. (2 more personal fouls? No...you're not dirty) Your coach is still a massive crybaby without any clue of how to act on a sideline. But in the end..it’s still a great game and a great time of the year.
Can’t wait to see what happens next.
Hell, at this rate, BYU and Tulsa will be battling it out in Miami. Don’t laugh..they may be the only ones left standing.