What a weekend in Husker Nation. A great Thanksgiving meal. A thrilling overtime win against Iowa to finish off the regular season. A coaching change. This place is always interesting isn’t it?
Let’s start with the game. It was a microcosm of the season in many ways. Nebraska did not play a complete game. Nebraska showed that trademark heart they’ve always shown when backed against the wall. They fought back, when most had counted them out, and reclaimed the Heroes Trophy.
I was very proud of Tommy Armstrong’s toughness. Clearly, Tommy still has room for improvement and needs to take additional steps in his game. However, I would argue that the talent is there. No one would argue against the fact that the heart and toughness is there. The kid is tough as nails. He took some shots, he made some mistakes, but he kept pushing forward and made the plays at the end to earn an exciting win.
I also want to tip my cap to Jack Gangwish, a walk-on and a great character kid with an incredible motor. He was more than anyone could have hoped for filling in for Randy Gregory on Friday. He’s the epitome of a true Husker. Nebraska born, proud, try-hard kid. He’s not blessed with incredible ability, but he makes up for it with determination.
One of the plays that changed the game was the 53-yard scamper by Ameer Abdullah in the 3rd quarter. That run was tough and almost superhuman. It seemed like it was Ameer’s way of waking up the sideline and getting the team back into the game.
All in all, Friday was a fun day. It was a fun game. It ended up being an appropriate finish to the Bo Pelini era as well.
Let me say this: I liked Bo Pelini. Bo was a different guy behind the scenes than the one portrayed more regularly on television. He was loyal, and he knew how to get his team to play hard for him. He won nine games every year that he was the head coach here at Nebraska. That’s something. However, a good chunk of Husker fans wanted more. They wanted hardware. I think that following the 59-24 loss to Wisconsin, and perhaps to a degree the 28-24 loss to Minnesota, it started to become clear that Nebraska would have a tough time taking that next step. That’s why Shawn Eichorst stepped in.
Make no mistake about it; Shawn Eichorst took zero pleasure in dismissing the coaching staff and making this tough decision. These are tough days for everyone. I do, however, have the utmost faith that Shawn will do what’s best for this University when it comes to selecting the next head coach of the Huskers. He’s a smart and measured man. He’ll get this right.
Thanks to Bo Pelini for seven years at the helm of this great program. He took it from 5-7 to a consistent winner. We should always appreciate that. We should also look ahead and be optimistic about what the future holds.