Published on 10-09-2014 11:40 PM
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At halftime, I was not feeling all that confident about Nebraska's chances for a comeback. NU was down 17-0, had wasted several scoring opportunities, and was doing very little on offense.
Then ABC showed a stat that gave me an odd sense of hope: The last time Nebraska was shut out in the first half was the 2009 game at Missouri.
The similarities, both on the field and personal - were striking.
As you may recall, that '09 Mizzou game was a night game, on the road, and the weather was a factor (an obvious understatement, but stay with me). Nebraska looked helpless on offense and it appeared to be a matter of time before a strong defense collapsed.
Ditto on Saturday. A road night game, played in a chilly, windy rain. The defense had made given up some big plays, but they were doing their best to keep Nebraska in the game. The offense had no answers for Michigan State's defense.
But the biggest similarities were personal. I watched that 2009 game from a hotel room outside Tampa, Florida with my wife and then 11 month old daughter sleeping next to me. It was so surreal to experience an exciting comeback victory knowing that if made any noise I would have a crying baby and a crabby wife.
I watched the Michigan State game from a hotel room in Kearney with my two youngest children (2