The only place in America that believed that the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-6) could take down #7 Michigan State (8-1). What was a battle from start to finish, the Huskers found a way to win their 17th straight night game, 39-38, on the heels of a 30 yard touchdown pass from Tommy Armstrong to Brandon Reilly.
In a game that had its fair share of controversial calls, nothing had people talking more than the last scoring play of the game. The drive started at the Nebraska 9 yard line with 55 seconds left. Two quick strikes to Jordan Westerkamp set up the final pass to Brandon Reilly. Reilly running down the sideline took a few steps out of bounds, came back in and caught the 30 yard pass from Armstrong and dove into the end zone. The official threw his hat where Reilly went out of bounds and discussed the situation. After the review, the play stood that the Michigan State defender forced Reilly out of bounds, no matter how little contact was made, and reestablished himself in bounds for the touchdown grab. Just one play before, Michigan State had a game ending interception in the end zone but the defensive back couldn't hang onto it.
Conner Cook took the field with 17 seconds left and two time outs to work with.
After a 17 yard completion and seven seconds left, Cook was forced out of the pocket and threw the ball out of bounds. The clock hit 0:00 and the Huskers finally were able to breathe a sigh of relief. Michigan State was up 38-26 with 4:16 left. Controversial call or not, the Spartans just simply couldn't put the Big Red away.
The loss likely ruined a shot at a Spartan College Football Playoff bid.
It wasn't taken well by prominent Spartan former players and fans. Plaxico Burress had an epic Twitter rant going off on the officials for their controversial call. ESPN personality Jemele Hill also went to Twitter to drop an F-bomb.
In a season that has produced more heartache for Husker fans than any season...
this win, no matter how controversial, was one that was celebrated hard in Lincoln. A last second Hail Mary loss to BYU, an overtime loss at Miami, a last second loss to Illinois and 2 point losses to Wisconsin and Northwestern, the party in Lincoln lasted long into the night.
It was Nebraska's first win over a top ten team since beating #2 Oklahoma 20-10 at home in 2001.
It only took first year head coach, Mike Riley, 10 games to do something that former Husker hot head, Bo Pelini, was unable to do in his tenure at Nebraska; beat a top ten team.
Nebraska football hasn't had much to celebrate this season.
But 90,094 people dressed in red danced to "Let Me Clear My Throat" as Michigan State shot themselves in the foot.
Nebraska goes on the road to Rutgers before a post-Thanksgiving day with a date to potentially play spoiler to #10 Iowa at home. They likely need both wins to become bowl eligible.
By Nick Maestas