That is a Bo Pelini quote talking about what really matters when it comes to offense and defense. I wonder what that Bo Pelini would have thought about the coach that put Rex Burkhead back in the game to break a single game carries record.
After putting together a great game plan on both sides of the ball, coaches put Burkhead back in the game to take a carry and knee for a three yard loss on the second to last play of the game.
I’m sure this is not a big deal to most folks, but this is a coach that is always talking about how stats aren’t important, how individual numbers aren’t important.
Pelini also talks a lot about those who have strapped it up and competed in sports. I think what was done by putting Burkhead back in the game was a slap in the face of those who came before Rex.
For a few moments after the Burkhead handoff the official score keeper listed it as a team loss, thus no carry. The main reason for the initial ruling is because Burkhead kneeled after taking the ball from Martinez. After a short discussion and some research in the rulebook the scorer changed it to a carry, thus breaking the record.
It’s not like Burkhead doesn’t deserve a record like this. He is on pace to have the highest percentage of carries by an I-back in Nebraska history. Cory Ross is the last I-back, an the only one I can find in the last 40 years that toted more than 70 percent of the running back carries in a season. At the same time it surprises me that Pelini allowed Burkhead to be put back in solely to break a record.
It was a great and dominant win by a team coming off a devastating loss to Michigan last week. I just wish it would have ended differently.
Speaking of ending differently, I’m sure Ndamukong Suh now wishes his turkey day would have finished without the press he received.
Suh and the Detroit Lions have been battling the talk of Suh as a dirty player for more than a year now. After what happened on Thursday I’m not sure that’s a fight they will win. To make it worse Suh tried to explain what he did with one of the worst news conferences in recent memory. A rambling explanation that made little sense to anyone finished without Suh apologizing for stomping on a Green Bay offensive linemen’s arm. While referencing the man upstairs and regaining his balance.
So what should NU do now when it comes to its highest profile alumnus in years? A man who donated more than a million dollars to the university, and whose name is found prominently around the athletic complex.
I guess there is nothing anyone can do. Suh will always be associated with Nebraska and sadly at times vice a versa.
Suh did offer a semi apology on his facebook page.
“My reaction on Thursday was unacceptable,” the star defensive tackle said in a statement on his Facebook page Friday night. “I made a mistake, and have learned from it. I hope to direct the focus back to the task at hand — by winning.”
I hope that’s true, the problem is as long as Suh is with the Lions every Thanksgiving the play will be replayed and the conversation about if Suh is dirty player will continue.