The margin for error in college football is small. A team can’t give their opponent second chances and the Nebraska Cornhuskers proved again Saturday afternoon, if you give them any bit of life, they will seize the moment as for the third time this season, NU rallies from a double digit fourth quarter deficit to win. This time a 28-24 win at Michigan State.
Now, I’m going to say this and some fans may not agree with me, but Michigan State had a legitimate beef on that pass interference call on 3rd and 10 from the Spartan 20 yard line. That was, in my opinion a clean play by Darqueze Dennard on Kenny Bell. NU in all likelihood should have kicked a game tying field goal at that point. The official who made that call had the player’s backs facing him.
However, the game should never have gotten to that point if you’re the Spartans, because Dennard picked off Martinez at the Michigan State four and returned it 96 yards for a touchdown, which should have put State up 31-14 early in the fourth. That was called back by an unsportsmanlike penalty and Nebraska forced a punt and then scored on their next possession to make it a 24-21 game. You give a quarterback like Martinez a second chance like that and most times, he’s going to beat you and he’s proven it time and time again.
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