Saturday, September 7, 2019

Mel Tucker's CU Buffs Storm Back from 17 Down to Beat Nebraska in OT!

It ended up being a Nightmare on the Pearl Street Mall for Scott Frost and the Nebraska faithful. And it all started out as a dream come true for the Big Red. But like life shows over and over again, sometimes good dreams turn bad.

Give the Husker fans credit, those Nebraskans keep their word. As promised, they delivered a sea of red inside Folsom Field. They paid big bucks to travel to Boulder, pay for lodging, and bought up every available ticket they could find.

Half the double wide trailers in Nebraska had 2nd (or 3rd) mortgages taken out so the Great Red Horde could take over Boulder and the University of Colorado. They succeeded on every count.

They knew it was a steep price to pay. But, after all, how often does one get the chance to attend the coronation  of the boy prince to become the new king?

When their beloved Huskers stormed out to a 17-0 lead, the fans in Red rollicked in the belief that Nebraska football was back. They relished in their faith that head coach Scott Frost was indeed the new savior that they had been praying for.

The Huskers were dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Red Horde just knew that a world class butt kicking was in the offing. It was just like the good old days.

Then, the 2nd half started.

Husker QB Adrian Martinez, who completed every pass in the first half, all of a sudden had defensive players in the backfield with him. And, shockingly, not every play went for a first down. The Huskers actually had to punt the ball. In a tough defensive 3rd quarter, the Buffaloes finally scored to cut the Nebraska lead to 17-7.

That Colorado touchdown made the horde sit up and take notice, but not become overly concerned. They rationalized that Colorado deserved to score a touchdown for their fans, so they would not leave the game completely depressed.

In their Red-tinted world, losing to Nebraska was something that all the other fans would have to accept, because in their minds Nebraska was the greatest and always would be.

Then the 4th quarter offensive explosion began.

Colorado and Nebraska had combined to score 24 points in the first 45 minutes. In the final 15 minutes, the teams scored 38 collectively, with Colorado scoring 24 to send the game into overtime.

The scoring madness started less than a minute into the final stanza when the Buffaloes pulled a flea-flicker that turned into a 96 yard touchdown pass. It was the longest play from scrimmage in Colorado history.

On Nebraska's next offensive play, a pass behind the line of scrimmage turned into a 75 yard TD that moved the Husker lead back to 10 points. In the span of 13 seconds, each team had scored a touchdown!

Colorado's next possession lasted less than two minutes and ended with another TD from freshman running back Jaren Mangham. That brought the Buffs back within three points.

Four minutes later, Colorado added a field goal to tie the game at 24. Nebraska's 17 point lead had been eliminated.

With under six minutes left in regulation, Husker QB Martinez scored on a short run to give NU a 7 point lead.

With 46 seconds left, Colorado QB Montez connected with wide receiver Tony Brown on an amazing over the shoulder catch in the back of the endzone to tie the game again.

A last ditch effort by Nebraska was foiled by an interception at the 15 yard line. That sent the game into overtime.

In OT, Colorado got the ball first and  settled for a field goal. Nebraska lost eight yards on their three plays from scrimmage in the overtime period. They then missed a long field goal, giving the victory to Colorado.

As thousands of Colorado students stormed the field to celebrate, the 30,000 Husker fans in Folsom Field stood in stunned silence.

What were they thinking? After all their talk by fans, players and coaches, they lost. After a 17 point lead, they lost. After spending so much money, they lost. All their hopes and dreams were scattered in the wind below the imposing Flatirons.

It was yet another road loss for Scott Frost, who has yet to win a game away from Lincoln since taking the helm before last season. Frost and the Husker fans know that Nebraska will drop out of the Top 25 yet again.

And worst of all, the team and their fans know it's a really long trip back to Lincoln, especially after losing once again to the Colorado team that they love to hate.

Mel Tucker told his players not to talk trash. He said play to the echo of the whistle. He said to play hard for all four quarters. He said winning was better than trash talking. He was right.

Go Buffs!

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