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Last week, we looked at the best wins and worst losses during the Mike Riley era of Nebraska football. It sparked some good discussion, and we have 3 and a half more months of the offseason, so this week, let's take a look back and discuss the best wins of the Bo Pelini era. This list wasn't as difficult as the Riley list was, since there were actually more than two quality wins to pick from. 

 

Game 1- 2009 Oklahoma: one of the most dominant defensive performances in program history. A nice response to the thrashing we took in 2008

     - ESPN Summary: http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=293110158

     - Youtube highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iITLr4V0X10

 

 

Game 2 - 2010 Kansas State: the national reveal of Taylor Martinez. Absolutely crushed KSU in prime time on a Thursday night.  

    - ESPN: http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=302802306

    - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVI64Yih2Ug&t=

 

 

Game 3 - 2011 Ohio State: helped by an injury to Braxton Miller, the offense answered the bell in the 2nd half, and it includes one of my absolute favorite Rex Burkhead moments.

    - ESPN: http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=312810158

    - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD3Zzbm8xKA&t=

 

 

Game 4  - 2012 Wisconsin 1: Another comeback on national TV. Ignore the uniforms and marvel at the backfield combo of Martinez, Burkhead and a young Ameer Abdullah. 

    - ESPN: http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=322730158

    - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXqAbjsJRzI

 

 

Game 5 - Miami 2014: "Bloodthirsty" is the best way I can describe this game. We FINALLY got Miami in Memorial Stadium, and the old girl (and the team) rose to the occasion. 

    - ESPN: http://www.espn.com/college-football/game?gameId=400547789

    - Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qdiH53SzOY

 

 

 

Voting will be open for a week, and if there is a game which you think fits the bill better, please vote "Other" and describe it in a post. Thanks! 

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1 minute ago, Nebfanatic said:

Michigan State 2011

 

Not a bad choice; MSU was #11 at the time, and we held them to 3 points. Leveon Bell only had 58 yards rushing, and Kirk Cousins was held in check as well. 

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1 minute ago, Cdog923 said:

 

Not a bad choice; MSU was #11 at the time, and we held them to 3 points. Leveon Bell only had 58 yards rushing, and Kirk Cousins was held in check as well. 

Yep, a great defensive performance under the lights in Lincoln. Didn't mean a whole lot, but a very good win nonetheless

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2009 Oklahoma was one of the best and loudest games I've been to.  

 

Honorable mention to 2013 win at the big house.  One of the few times in Pelini's latter years where Nebraska overcame adversity, and didn't melt down.

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39 minutes ago, Pedro Guerrero said:

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Yeah, the shutout of Arizona came right after the close loss to Texas and also was the last game of the season allowing great off-season optimism. Pelini never got close to that again.

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1 hour ago, Cdog923 said:

 

Not a bad choice; MSU was #11 at the time, and we held them to 3 points. Leveon Bell only had 58 yards rushing, and Kirk Cousins was held in check as well. 

 

Yep followed up by a terrible loss to Northwestern the next week.  

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1 hour ago, Nebfanatic said:

Yep, a great defensive performance under the lights in Lincoln. Didn't mean a whole lot, but a very good win nonetheless

It was daytime, lol.

 

 

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7 minutes ago, Saunders said:

It was daytime, lol.

 

 

:D

 

yeah it was, I was at the game it was an 11:00 AM start.  

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28 minutes ago, Saunders said:

It was daytime, lol.

 

 

:D

Must have managed to get so drunk in 2013 I forgot we lost and subbed this win in its place lol

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I voted for '09 Oklahoma, but Rex's juke in the OSU game almost made me vote for it. 

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2 hours ago, Saunders said:

That was a good one.

 

That 2010 Missouri team was better than any team in the poll options, and we won big.  It was also effectively a division championship game so it was more significant in that regard as well.

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13 minutes ago, The Dude said:

 

That 2010 Missouri team was better than any team in the poll options, and we won big.  It was also effectively a division championship game so it was more significant in that regard as well.

 

Was that the week before or after Texas? 

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No one should pick 2010 Missouri. That was TM's injury.

 

I consider that the worst win of the Pelini era (although chances are good he would've been injured in some other game anyway).

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I picked Miami.  Not because it was such a significant game.  But, I was there and I have honestly never witnessed or experienced a Nebraska crowd like that in Memorial Stadium.  It was truly a strange experience.

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I gotta go with the bowl win against Arizona because we made them look like the basketball school they are.  I can't recall another game in which the Corn were really clicking on all cylinders for an entire game (under Bo) like that one.

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Beating a very solid Arizona team on both sides of the ball in the 2009 Holiday Bowl might have been the most complete game of the Pelini Era, demonstrating great scheme, strategy and coaching. It created a very good vibe for Bo's third season. 

 

The  2008 win against Colorado might still be the most fun, and that counts for something. 

 

The 2011 win at Penn State just days after Paterno was fired was Bo Pelini's most impressive performance as a coach and representative of the University.

 

If you want the game that probably impressed non-Huskers the most, it's still the 2009 loss to Texas.  

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1 hour ago, Guy Chamberlin said:

If you want the game that probably impressed non-Huskers the most, it's still the 2009 loss to Texas.  

That game and the Pelini bros reaction after that game summed up the Bo era pretty well.

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Ohio State 2011 is an odd choice. 

 

It was the greatest comeback in Husker history, but it came against a .500 team that dominated a lifeless Nebraska in the first half, and tanked when they lost their star quarterback in the second half. Ohio State was still a brand name, but the game meant little that year. OSU lost to Purdue a couple weeks later.

 

And if it was the best win of the Bo Pelini era, Bo Pelini sure wasn't feeling it. That was the game that resulted in Tapegate #1, where Bo went off on the fans and said he wanted out of Nebraska. I really don't miss that douchebag. 

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0.01 may have been Pelini's best win, even though it was not official. Blame it on the refs, or the combination of the best kickoff specialist kicking the ball out of bounds along with a boneheaded personal foul, but either way, the Huskers had that game won.

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7 hours ago, The Dude said:

2010 Missouri.

 

Even if they weren't ranked as high, 2009 vs Missouri in the rain was a good one, too. Gave us some great pics, like the Suh-plex (crack!):

 

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And my old avatar:

 

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I picked the Missery game when Roy Helu racked up 3 bills plus rushing the ball.  Bonus: Seeing the defense absolutely dominate that punk Blaine Gabbert.  (Side note: What kind of loser parents names their kid Blaine?)  ;)

 

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If we had a best Pelini season poll, I think it would be 2009. It was a lot of fun and I was so full of hope. The first part of 2010 was great but the crash was horrible.

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Beating OU in 2009 felt good and is what I voted for in the poll. Should have had them in the conference championship the next year as well. It was an ugly game and it showed if we had some semblance of an offense that we could have been dangerous down the stretch. Luckily, the defense gave us some great field position and almost scored off a pick. The crowd was roaring and Landry Jones got flustered toward the end. 

 

An overlooked game is this one. McNeese State, if he loses that game he might have been fired after it. 

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6 hours ago, Guy Chamberlin said:

Ohio State 2011 is an odd choice. 

 

It was the greatest comeback in Husker history, but it came against a .500 team that dominated a lifeless Nebraska in the first half, and tanked when they lost their star quarterback in the second half. Ohio State was still a brand name, but the game meant little that year. OSU lost to Purdue a couple weeks later.

 

And if it was the best win of the Bo Pelini era, Bo Pelini sure wasn't feeling it. That was the game that resulted in Tapegate #1, where Bo went off on the fans and said he wanted out of Nebraska. I really don't miss that douchebag. 

 

A lot of good points for this argument. Add to it Nebraska was a 10-11 point favorite. I certainly agree there's a strong argument against this game being #1.

 

The counter argument:

 

Nebraska was ranked, we were worried heading into the Wisconsin game (one thread was titled "do we have a prayer") and sure enough Wisconsin basically rolled us the week before Ohio St. People were calling for Martinez to be benched. The first half of the Ohio St game felt like the season was unraveling, Martinez throws another bad pick before the end of the half that leads to free points. The fans are booing (which drew Bo's ire). 

 

That second half started out with a punt, and they scored. We punt again. All of a sudden we get a stop, a fumble recovery on what we thought was going to be another Ohio St first down. Lavonte David just stole the ball! Martinez runs it in two plays later.  From that point on, it was some of the most exciting football of the Pelini era. At night, homecoming, and a record comeback.

 

Its the definition of a big win. Yes, Ohio St wasn't very good. Yes, in the grand scheme that win isn't meaningful. It felt special in the moment. It was why you watch the game, to see moments like that. That makes it very meaningful for a lot of people. The rest of the Pelini era didn't have many special moments.

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15 hours ago, KazLongDrives300 said:

One of the few times in Pelini's latter years where Nebraska overcame adversity, and didn't melt down.

 

 

2012 Wisconsin

2012 Northwestern

2012 Michigan State

2012 Penn State

2013 Northwestern

2013 Michigan

2013 Penn State

2013 Georgia

2014 McNeese State

2014 Miami

2014 Iowa

 

All latter year games where we overcame adversity and didn't melt down.

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To me, there are three answers that are better than the rest. Either 2010 Oklahoma State, 2010 Missouri or 2011 Michigan State.

 

Personally, I'd go with 2010 Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State went 11-2 that year and finished ranked 10th and 13th in the polls. Oklahoma State's only other loss that year was to Oklahoma. Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon may not have been good in the NFL, but they were a dynamite tandem in college football.

 

The Cowboys didn't have a great defense, but like most Big 12 teams, they had a loaded offense. They were even better the next year, so that's probably one reason why I've always been fond of that win.

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6 hours ago, Landlord said:

 

 

2012 Wisconsin

2012 Northwestern

2012 Michigan State

2012 Penn State

2013 Northwestern

2013 Michigan

2013 Penn State

2013 Georgia

2014 McNeese State

2014 Miami

2014 Iowa

 

All latter year games where we overcame adversity and didn't melt down.

You're right about most of these.  For me, that Michigan game stands out because we were up, then lost the lead late in the game on the road.  After the Westerkamp fumble, i remember thinking we were done.  Good point about most of these other games though, especially Michigan State 2012.

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The hardest part for me with many of the options above is where those schools were at when Nebraska beat them. That '09 Oklahoma team was definitely not elite and neither was tOSU in 2012. Both Miami and Wisconsin were unranked in those above games. They're big brand name teams but not necessarily big brand name wins, at least not to the extent that beating an Oklahoma or tOSU last year would've been.

 

That's why I'm going to go with Missouri in 2010. I believe they were ranked #7 in the country which would make them the highest ranked opponent BP ever beat (I think).

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It is depressing to look back.  Too much bad mixed with the good.  I assure you we are headed to a much better place!

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4 hours ago, Hans Gruber said:

To me, there are three answers that are better than the rest. Either 2010 Oklahoma State, 2010 Missouri or 2011 Michigan State.

 

Personally, I'd go with 2010 Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State went 11-2 that year and finished ranked 10th and 13th in the polls. Oklahoma State's only other loss that year was to Oklahoma. Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon may not have been good in the NFL, but they were a dynamite tandem in college football.

 

The Cowboys didn't have a great defense, but like most Big 12 teams, they had a loaded offense. They were even better the next year, so that's probably one reason why I've always been fond of that win.

I was at that game (Okla Cornhusker club took 2 bus loads to the game) and that is when TM showed everyone that he could pass the ball as well.  The game was an offensive shoothout.  A highlight was when Martin, DE literally knocked out a guy on a kickoff.  He was forced to sit out a game by the Big 12 after than. Weeden and Blackmon were the real deal that year - perhaps the best duo in college fb that year.

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My emotional favorite was the OU win. The D was dominant.  However, I voted 'other' for the Arizona bowl victory - it was the high point of Bo's career here. Where he proclaimed "Nebraska is Back".  And perhaps it would have been true if TM had not gotten injured the following year. 

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That 11am MSU game was such a clinic on defense.  Nothing crazy flashy just no one open and no running lanes.

 

It was also the first time I realized some of the O street bars did not open at 9am on game day.  I was shocked.  Do they not like money?

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8 hours ago, Landlord said:

2012 Wisconsin

2012 Northwestern

2012 Michigan State

2012 Penn State

2013 Northwestern

2013 Michigan

2013 Penn State

2013 Georgia

2014 McNeese State

2014 Miami

2014 Iowa

 

All latter year games where we overcame adversity and didn't melt down.

 

Funny how some have rather selective memories about that stuff, ain't it?

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6 hours ago, Hans Gruber said:

To me, there are three answers that are better than the rest. Either 2010 Oklahoma State, 2010 Missouri or 2011 Michigan State.

 

Personally, I'd go with 2010 Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State went 11-2 that year and finished ranked 10th and 13th in the polls. Oklahoma State's only other loss that year was to Oklahoma. Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon may not have been good in the NFL, but they were a dynamite tandem in college football.

 

The Cowboys didn't have a great defense, but like most Big 12 teams, they had a loaded offense. They were even better the next year, so that's probably one reason why I've always been fond of that win.

 

+1 to this.  For me it's either the '09 Holiday Bowl or the 2010 Okie Lite game.  As a couple posters have mentioned, that '10 Okie State team was completely loaded on offense.  People have mentioned Weeden and Blackmon but that team also had Kendall Hunter at RB and Josh Cooper was no slouch as a #2 WR.  If Okie State would've won a wild Bedlam game...I think it 49-42 or something close to that, Okie State would've played Nebraska again in the Big XII title game.  That would've been an interesting rematch and Okie State would've been in the Top 10 for sure and possibly Top 5 when Nebraska would've played them.

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9 hours ago, Landlord said:

 

 

2012 Wisconsin

2012 Northwestern

2012 Michigan State

2012 Penn State

2013 Northwestern

2013 Michigan

2013 Penn State

2013 Georgia

2014 McNeese State

2014 Miami

2014 Iowa

 

All latter year games where we overcame adversity and didn't melt down.

 

Weird how an FCS team makes the list in his final season

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I also have to go with the monsoon in missouri. Sure it wasn't a huge national deal but for me it was the beginning of the upswing for pelini.

 

A game they looked offensively inept for 3 quarters and then explode. Plus suh really started to get national love in that game.

 

I know they were missing the weapons of the team that blasted us the year before, but it felt like such a positive step in the right direction and gave us an early lead to the championship game...if only our kickoff specialist hadn't choked....

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The monsoon in Missouri in '09 was my favorite too.  I remember the power to the stadium going out not long before kickoff.

 

And the chants of "Go Big Red" about halfway through the 4th quarter when a large part of the home crowd had vacated.

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On 5/17/2018 at 3:07 PM, RedDenver said:

That game and the Pelini bros reaction after that game summed up the Bo era pretty well.

I'd take the Pelini's passion over the Mike Riley blank stare at his feet with his hands in his pocket.

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My favorite win of the Pelini era (maybe not his best, but) was the 2014 win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. When you live in the South, you are constantly hammered with SEC talk. The 99 yard Armstrong pass to Q was just fantastic. I can’t begin to tell you how satisfying that win was!

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