STW P. Brabbs

November 11th, 2012 at 12:22 AM ^

At first, I thought the same thing - but seeing the replay, Denard reached down to catch the microphone/headset thingy that was knocked loose in the celebration.  Not injury-related.

Anyway, if that kind of contact is going to make Denard wince in pain, we might as well right him off for the season.  But again, I don't think that's what happened.  I did see Wellman come over to him right after that though, maybe telling him to lay off the shoulder bumps for a while. 

superstringer

November 10th, 2012 at 9:46 PM ^

This is why I sit on a couch and not stand on a sideline.

If you're going to hand off to the back plunging up the middle -- don't, uh, -- don't you need to account for the MIKE?  I mean, like, assign a blocker to him?  As in, I don't know, you know, make sure he's not COMING UNBLOCKED TO BLOW THE PLAY UP.

These football geniuses who get paid billions of dollars to design these high-efficiency offensive plays, they obviously know what they're doing, because I have no clue.

(No, really, I have no clue -- was that a schematic problem for the Cats, or, was Demens just outrageously blowing that up.)

eamus_caeruli (not verified)

November 10th, 2012 at 9:56 PM ^

We RPS-ed the shit out of that play. Can't put it on coulter or NW. We did our job on a coaching and execution level.

Man, all I think of when I see that is a song by Metallica's called whiplash! "Slashing all around, whiplash!"

mgobleu

November 10th, 2012 at 10:26 PM ^

I love how he comes out with the little no-kneed waddle, then he stops, sets his feet and PEWWWWWW!!! Straight up, and his feet and arms shoot out like he's in a 1996 Toyota Corolla commercial.

I always kinda, if not liked the guy, at least I respected him. This is just asinine.What a douche nozzle.  

FGB

November 10th, 2012 at 11:25 PM ^

To be fair to Fitzgerald, he was doing it sarcastically because he felt he was getting jobbed on the calls all game, in particular the Hawthorne holding on the kick return TD.

Also to be fair to everyone other than Fitzgerald, every penalty NW got was legit and he acted like much more of a whingey little bitch than I ever would've imagined a middle linebacker would.

I bet Griese took a little joy in the booth on that ending after the clips they showed during the game..

HermosaBlue

November 11th, 2012 at 12:57 AM ^

The Hawthorne holding flag on that KR TD was the least holdingest of the 4 holds I saw when Griese and Pasch spent the entire replay looking for the hold.  The holds started 25 yards or so earlier than the flag Hawthorne drew.

Srsly.

teamgreg8

November 11th, 2012 at 4:42 AM ^

I had the same exact thought. I'd like to request a gif of Fitzgerald putting two fists to the sky like a jackass as if he won the game after the Beyer penalty.

1) The penalty was Beyer's fault and he shouldn't have put himself in the situation to be called for a late hit.

2) As a HC, how do you celebrate your QB getting hit THAT quickly?

3) I love Greg Mattison but I felt that today's defense was the least dicplined I'd seen all year.

Sten Carlson

November 10th, 2012 at 9:55 PM ^

That was one of the most inappropriate and obnoxious things I've ever seen a CFB coach do on the sidelines.  He jumped like Phil Mickleson did when he rolled in the winning putt at the Masters, not because NW won, or even scored, but because Michigan got called for a weak ass penalty.

Act your age Pat.

Sten Carlson

November 10th, 2012 at 11:19 PM ^

I know, it was a good call, I just don't like Fitz.  He was a very good player, and is a great coach -- but he's a d bag, and I wanted to emphasize his douche baggery.

Beyer was stupid, and I hope the coaches got all over him as he nearly cost his team the game due to a lack of discipline.

ppToilet

November 10th, 2012 at 9:56 PM ^

The more I watch this the more I appreciate the confusion caused by the way Mattison lined up our guys. I'm sure the UFR will be better than my take, but it looks like the guy who went after JMFR really should have gone after Demens. There is another blocker inside who releases to take on a linebacker, but has this whoa moment when he doesn't see anyone to block.

WolverineHistorian

November 10th, 2012 at 9:56 PM ^

Funny.  This play happened right in front of me but I couldn't see it.  All I saw was the D-line players.  They completely blocked Demens from my view and only after hearing the crowd erupt did I know we came up with the stop. 

Brhino

November 10th, 2012 at 10:40 PM ^

Penn State fans are livid about this and rightfully so but we're the ones who're really getting screwed.  If the referees in the last two Nebraska games were halfway good at their jobs, there would be a real chance that we'd be playing Iowa next week for a chance to clinch a trip to the championship game.