Posted November 02, 2013

Video: Nebraska beats Northwestern on 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass

Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats

(Video via @tyduffy)

Bo Pelini and Nebraska were staring down a second consecutive defeat, as they faced as 24-21 deficit with four seconds remaining against Northwestern on Saturday. Yet on second-and-10 from the Wildcats’ 49-yard line, Cornhuskers quarterback Ron Kellogg III uncorked a last-ditch Hail Mary heave into the end zone. The ball sailed through the air, deflected off a group of players at the edge of the goal line and landed in the hands of Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp for the winning score.

The Huskers escaped with a 27-24 win to improve to 6-2. Northwestern lost its fifth straight to drop to 4-5.

The catch was Westerkamp’s first-career touchdown reception. Not a bad way to start things off.

A sampling of the immediate reaction to the play:

18 comments
Marty2
Marty2

Nebraska coach sure doesn't smile much - even after a victory like that.  Wonder what he was thinking looking at the fans at the end:  ‘F**k you, fans. F**k all of you.’

Listening
Listening

The defensive back should have swatted the ball to the turf.  Maybe he was just trying to get a pick to pad his stats and put himself in front of his team (who deserved to win).  Oh well....  lucky nu.....  lucky.

sporra01
sporra01

Way for the QB to act like it was all him who made the play....celebrate with your teammates bub.

Marchoir
Marchoir

Good grief. Does this mean we now have RK3?

kafka45
kafka45

For what its worth........ that's the LAST game NE is going to win this year...      Painful but all to true.

6marK6
6marK6

I will never understand the mentality of rushing three and dropping eight in those situations. We are going to allow your five receivers the time to run down field and place themselves in the positions they desire, and we are going to allow the quarterback time to set and throw the ball down field. Big deal that you have two extra corners down field. You should blitz the QB and not allow the offense the time to get that throw off. That being said, as a Wisconsin fan, I am thrilled that Nebraska won, I want Nebraska to keep their coach for a loooong time.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I'm glad I'm not a Northwestern fan. I think I'd slit my throat after that one.

Husker1
Husker1

I can only imagine what Bo was thinking. He's standing on the sideline (in the background before the toss) and probably wondering after a loss..."now what?" Speechless and emotionless afterwards.  Un-Bolievable.


Love college football.

Husker1
Husker1

@Marty2 Perhaps he had flash-backs to the Big 12 Championship with Texas. He was probably thinking "how is this going to be taken away?"


Many introverts don't like to show emotion just the same as many extroverts can't shut-up.

Cool
Cool

@sporra01 He celebrated with his teammates and with the fair weathered husker fans on the sidelines.  Granted it was a lucky play but if he had not been able to pass it as far as he did, into the area of possible receivers, then all would be mute.. so yes, he did have a great deal to do with the play... so let him celebrate while you sit at home and cheer yourself for tossing your kleenex into the trash can.

Michael50
Michael50

@sporra01 Really? He has been a backup for his whole career at Nebraska, and just got to be part of an incredibly special play. His celebration to me seemed incredibly genuine, and I was elated he got the opportunity to be part of that play. Obviously, he was integral to the play's success. To fault him for not celebrating in a way you approve of is ridiculous. The guy went to his family and hugged them.

Cool
Cool

@Husker1 I think he was on the sideline wondering why the hell he kept Martinez in the whole game last week.

Listening
Listening

@Husker1 @Marty2  

Big 12 Championship with Texas.  Will the husker nation EVER get over it?  I guess it will still be brought up 50 years from now.  Hahahahahaha.  So sad.