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December 06, 2009

'Horns squeeze into BSC title game with close victory over the Huskers: Hunter Lawrence punched a 46-yard field goal throught the uprights as time expired, putting the final touches to a defensive Big 12 championship game that completed the Longhorns' perfect season.

posted by Goyoucolts to football at 12:46 AM - 14 comments

um, SHIT! A Nebraska win would have done wonders for the BCS format.

posted by Folkways at 10:00 AM on December 06

cannot shake this feeling that maybe, well, you know...

i am a ut fan but, did that clock really have a second left on it? I don't have that good of an eye, yet, well...

money, money money? having a hard time with this.

posted by kerrycindy at 10:56 AM on December 06

I think the replay showed that the clock should've stopped with a single second on it. IMO, it was the right call.

posted by NoMich at 11:07 AM on December 06

Maybe the clock did have a second on it, but there where 3 or 4 calls including a pass interference where colt was throwing the ball away and Nebraska got called on it and Texas scored their td on that drive. The game wasn't "fixed" of course, but makes me wonder if Texas would have won it if not for the help. Because they did need a little help from the officials getting in field goal range on that last drive.

posted by sgtcookzane at 11:13 AM on December 06

Maybe the clock did have a second on it, but there where 3 or 4 calls including a pass interference where colt was throwing the ball away and Nebraska got called on it and Texas scored their td on that drive.

Yeah, my old lady was getting annoyed with my whining about those BS calls.

posted by NoMich at 11:25 AM on December 06

Because they did need a little help from the officials getting in field goal range on that last drive.

The officials? First, Nebraska kicked the kickoff out of bounds. That put the ball on the 40 instead of the 20 yard line. Then, on the very next play, a Nebraska defender was given a personal foul for a horse collar tackle. That turned a 19 yard play into a 34 yard play.

If U of T got "help" getting into field goal range, it was from the opposition, not the officials. And I agree with NoMich, it appeared there was one second remaining on the clock when that last pass from McCoy struck the railing out of bounds, so the officials made the right call there. Even then, a 46 yard field goal to win the conference is no gimmie. So, where exactly did the officials help UT get into field goal range?

posted by BoKnows at 12:18 PM on December 06

If U of T got "help" getting into field goal range, it was from the opposition, not the officials.

This man speaks the truth.

Everything Nebraska did in that final drive seemed to be like one long, catastrophic failure in slow motion.

When you give the opposition an extra 35 yards to play with, you deserve what you get.

posted by grum@work at 01:29 PM on December 06

Officials definatly help texas win. If you don't believe that, i've got a few things id like to sell to you. Colt almost gave the game away because he wasn't smart enough to figure out which clock to look at, the game clock or play clock. It must be get confusing out there after starting for Texas for 4 years.

posted by sgtcookzane at 01:46 PM on December 06

Colt almost gave the game away because he wasn't smart enough to figure out which clock to look at, the game clock or play clock.

Key words in bold.

The officials got that call right. The replays showed 1 second on the clock when the ball hit the railing. That means the play is stopped there. UT kicked a legitimate FG from 46 yards and won. The officials had done nothing wrong.

(I say all of this while rooting for the CornHuskers, btw.)

posted by BoKnows at 02:27 PM on December 06

money, money money?

Unfortunately, I didn't get to see the game, only heard parts of it on radio. But going in, frankly, I was somewhat concerned that the conference would favor Nebraska to win. I don't know how much the championship game pays in relation to the other BCS bowls, but if Nebraska had won it would have gotten the automatic invite. And then Texas would probably have gotten one of the at-large picks. I would think two teams in the BCS lower bowls would pay more than one in the championship game. But I don't know the economics.

posted by graymatters at 02:29 PM on December 06

I still don't believe Texas deserves to play for the National Championship. They barely beat Nebraska. And you look at the other games that they played that were close. Give TCU or Cinci. or Boise state the oportunity in my opinion. I don't believe any of them actually have a chance against the best of the SEC.

posted by twgibsr at 02:55 PM on December 06

If U of T got "help" getting into field goal range, it was from the opposition, not the officials.

They did in that final drive, but Texas had a few dubious flags appear on their behalf in the 4th quarter.

posted by etagloh at 06:48 PM on December 06

PLAYOFFS? YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS! Where is Jim Mora when you need him?

posted by kerrycindy at 01:52 PM on December 07

Up in New Hampshire, we don't have much to get excited about with regard to any of our football teams. So, I've taken a good look this season and watched all of Florida's, Alabama's, Texas', Cincinnati's, TCU's, LSU's, USC's and most of Boise States and many others.

From what I saw Saturday night with the Texas team, they ran up against a well coached and fired up Nebraska bunch that pretty much played over its head. Yes, they're a solid group that played with a lot of passion and they've got the Big Suh -- who is totally tremendous --, but it seems that the Texas team never got in sync.

Certainly, Nebraska was disruptive, but they weren't nearly as disruptive in any other game throughout the season. They did put a whippin' on Oklahoma, but with Oklahoma, you never knew who would show up on any given Saturday. Excellent one game, terrible the next.

One of Texas' strengths was clearly their weakness on Saturday night. Their Offensive line is solid and battle proven, but as a group, they just didn't perform -- and they made Nebraska look like world beaters. If Nebraska had played like that throughout the season, they'd be ranked no less than in the Top 10 -- even with their limited offense. But if I recall, Iowa State put a hurtin' on 'em. Yes, Iowa State. (Or maybe Nebraska just didn't "have it" that day)

As most of us know, there are times when good teams for whatever reason, just don't "have it" on a particular day. Matter of fact, Florida seemed to have had a similar problem on Saturday, too. For sure, Alabama is a very, very fine and balanced team (and much better than last years team), but I can't see how anyone would be surprised if the final score would have ended up up flipped around in Florida's favor. We'd be saying Florida just did their thing against a very formidable opponent. Florida just didn't have it, and just couldn't get in sync -- and Alabama is good enough to put the hammer down if given the chance. (And Mc Elroy had a incredible "career day" on the perfect day)

Seems the same for Texas, they just couldn't get untracked. Should have been a good game with Texas winning fairly easily 27 -- 10 or thereabouts.

Now as for the National Championship, that should be one heckuva game. Texas matches up quite well with Alabama -- and I'm sure Texas is quite happy not to have Tebow and company to cope with.

Everybody's going to have their opinion, but I'd say that game is going to be one of those "last man standing" kind of classic battles -- an absolutely intense fight by young men that could be remembered as a great one -- as they'll be some great players on the field that could provide some instant classic moments.

It appears that Texas is (and should be) the underdog. But I wouldn't be surprised if Texas lands the last hay-maker and wins by a knockout at the end of the last round.

posted by naturalpro at 04:57 PM on December 07

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