Western Illinois transfer Pat Smith kicked a 42-yard field goal on Nebraska’s first possession in overtime to boot the Cornhuskers to a 23-20 win over Penn State on Saturday night. Smith’s leg sent the game into OT with a tying field goal late and then calmly nailed a 42 yarder to win it. Smith first made a 37-yarder, but in typical Husker fashion under Bo Pelini where nothing comes easy, a false start backed Smith up.
Case in point on the penalty ridden Huskers. They should have won the game late in the fourth after Ameer Abdullah went 62yards for touchdown run. Not so fast…wide receiver Sam Burtch was flagged for a personal foul. Turned out to be a 50 yard gain and credit the team, they went back to work…took more time off the clock and used Smith’s tying 19-yard field goal.
Again, not before more drama. On the final play from scrimmage on the drive Ron Kellogg III took a big hit at the PSU 1 and fumbled. Burtch recovered to save the possession and set up Smith’s game-tying field goal.
Nebraska used special teams to bail them out of this game after fumbles by Abdullah near the Penn State goal line in the second quarter and Kellogg’s inside the NU 10 in the third quarter.