Video: Nebraska beats Northwestern on 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass
(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:
NEBRASKA RIDICULOUS HAIL MARY TO WIN—
Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) November 02, 2013
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD—
Adam Jacobi (@Adam_Jacobi) November 02, 2013
50-yard DEFLECTED HAIL MARY TOUCHDOWN NEBRASKA WINS.—
George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) November 02, 2013
OH MY GOD NEBRASKA—
Peter Berkes (@peterberkes) November 02, 2013
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP PELINI—
Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) November 02, 2013
UNBELIEVABLE UNBELIEVABLE AMAZING AMAZING WHAT A FINISH MY GOD I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SO DAMN MUCH—
Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) November 02, 2013