Posted November 30, 2013

Bo Pelini’s seat gets warmer as Iowa sinks Nebraska; Black Friday Snap Judgments

Iowa Hawkeyes, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Snap Judgments
Iowa topped Nebraska 38-17 for its third straight win to close out the regular season.

Iowa topped Big Ten rival Nebraska 38-17 Friday for its third straight win. (Bruce Thorson/USA TODAY Sports)

With a host of college football games taking place on Friday, SI.com rounds up a special Black Friday edition of Snap Judgments. Check back for updates on the day’s action:

Iowa 38, Nebraska 17: The curtain might be closing on the Bo Pelini era at Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers took a home loss to Iowa on Friday, marking their fourth loss of the season. Nebraska turned the ball over three times against the Hawkeyes, including an Ameer Abdullah fumble early in the fourth quarter with the Huskers driving to tie the game. The Huskers managed just 89 yards rushing and converted a mere three of their 14 third downs.

Meanwhile, Iowa played turnover-free football to claim its third win in a row. That’s not a bad end to a regular season in which Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz was sitting on his own relatively warm seat.

Pelini’s name has come up as a hot-seat candidate since Nebraska deflated in a 41-21 home loss to UCLA in September. He has won at least nine games in each of his six seasons in Lincoln and has a 57-24 career record, but the knock on him is his inability to surpass that record with a program that has won five national championships and is one of eight with at least 800 all-time victories. Now the Huskers will need to win their bowl game just to reach the nine-win mark.

ELLIS: San Jose State beats Fresno State to crush the Bulldogs’ BCS hopes

Earlier this week, Pelini told reporters that he is not coaching to save his job. But the Nebraska program is a sleeping giant. Only time will tell if Pelini sticks around to bring it back. Until that is determined, it appears Pelini isn’t pulling any punches. [RECAP | BOX]

No. 12 Oregon 36, Oregon State 35: The Civil War was everything college football fans could want. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota shook off two uncharacteristic interceptions and found Josh Huff for a 12-yard score with 28 seconds left in the game to lift the Ducks over visiting Oregon State. The Beavers made a game of things after falling behind 14-0 by the end of the first quarter, storming back to take a 20-17 lead in the third period. But Huff (nine catches for 186 yards) caught two of his three touchdown catches in the fourth quarter to help stifle the upset bid by Oregon State. Mariota finished with 285 yards and three scores while the Beavers’ Sean Mannion passed for 320 yards and two touchdowns. Biletnikoff Award finalist Brandon Cooks also caught 11 balls for 124 yards for Oregon State. [RECAP | BOX]

No. 17 UCF 23, USF 20: Blake Bortles hurled a 52-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman with 4:50 left in the game to sink an upset-minded South Florida squad in Orlando. The Bulls, who had won two games coming into Friday night, gave UCF a test for much of the night thanks to five turnovers by the Knights. The Bulls still had a chance to claim a win on the ensuing possession, but Jordan Ozerities picked off a Mike White pass with 90 seconds remaining to seal the game. Bortles finished with 219 yards and two touchdowns while also tossing two interceptions for the Knights, who creep closer to the AAC’s BCS bid. [RECAP | BOX]

Miami 41, Pittsburgh 31: Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris completed 17-of-28 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns as Miami cruised past Pitt. Receiver Stacy Coley caught two of those scoring strikes — both in the first quarter — as Miami won its second straight coming off a three-game skid. [RECAP | BOX]

ELLIS: Backup QB Jennings saves LSU from upset vs. Arkansas 

Washington 27. Washington State 17: Mike Leach’s team faced a 20-17 deficit with just more than five minutes to play when the Cougars began a drive to tie or take the lead in the Apple Cup against rival Washington. But Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, who earlier in the day had set a new Pac-12 single-season record for pass attempts, tossed a pick on the Cougars’ own 27-yard line on second play of the series. The Huskies marched down the field from there and quarterback Keith Price punched in a two-yard run with two minutes left to put a bow on a Washington win. Price accounted for two scores while tailback Bishop Sankey rushed 34 times for 200 yards and a touchdown of his own. [RECAP | BOX]

Marshall 59, East Carolina 28: Marshall will represent Conference USA’s East Division in the league’s title game thanks to a dominant performance against ECU. The Thundering Herd pressured ECU quarterback Shane Carden into three interceptions and held the Pirates to 149 rushing yards and 7-of-18 on third downs. Meanwhile the Marshall offense ripped through ECU’s defense for 539 total yards, including 272 on the ground, to win its first division title as a member of C-USA. [RECAP | BOX]

25 comments
Annabel
Annabel

Who in a position of authority at NU is saying Pelini's job is in jeopardy?  Author conveniently left out that minor detail.  Possibly this is just another media hit job?    Media found they can influence the news by making it up.  If they say it enough, true or false, it becomes reality.  Get on their wrong side and they will just keep harping until you really are fired.

TimHarb
TimHarb

I would like to see them get rid of a few assistance to see if it makes a change first. They also need to bring in an assistant that is good at recruiting.  I also think Pelini also needs to stop playing true freshmen. He would have had more people on the team this year if he red shirted a few 4 yrs ago. I think his major coaching problem is that he is too much into the now and not thinking down the road enough.

OwenCaterwall3
OwenCaterwall3

Maybe there's something in the water that makes people act like jackwagons. Pelini's behavior is not terribly unlike Barry Alvarez, also a world class dope.

entprof
entprof

Pellini is an embarrassment, and always has been, to a class program. When we thought he had the potential to be a winner  Husker Nation looked the other way or laughed it off, but now that he's a proven mediocrity and pathetic gameday coach it is time for him to go and please don't let the door hit you in the a*s on the way out.

ngk11
ngk11

I dont know if what peleni did for the season was all that bad considering all the injuries, But he looked like a real dumdum with the 15 yd penalty and fake punt in IA territory today

Listening
Listening

I still do not understand why NU is not getting any respect (like at the beginning of the year) in regards to the rankings.   : )

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Why is the media constantly going after Pelini? They have some good wins and are on track for really good things.

dandogwood
dandogwood

Bo Pelini looks like a prairie dog coming out oh his hole looking around and sniffing to get a look at what is going on before burrowing down back into his dirt hole.  Pelini is more a mole than anything.  Look at his disgraced Brother Carl Sniff and Snort fired at FAU?

chl118
chl118

The Big Ten could use some fresh blood in the coaching ranks. Some of the coaches get big money then can't keep it up.

Way to go Marshall, winning for the '75'

dandogwood
dandogwood

Pelini is a miserable bottom feeder with huge nostrils that are unbecoming and Make Bo look like an anteater. Nebraska deserves better-Say TRESSEL?

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

Pelini will be the real winner if they fire him. They will owe him $7.5 million if they do. They may have to give him another year to reduce that buyout, but you know some rich boosters and alums will help pay it. 

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

plus before you think pellinni is going to be given the heave ho, i think it was on fox sports that uh it's not going to be easy to fire pellinni, as osborne on his way out to did actually extend pellinni and oh yeah for nebraska to fire him they would have to pay 7.5 million to buy him out

jdane
jdane

Why do public universities put up with the kind of boorish behavior we saw in Pelini today (the kind of thing we routinely see from NCAA basketball coaches) that they would clearly not accept from faculty or even from top administrators? 

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

@Annabel Right on Annabel.  The media not only decide what is news but decide for those who consume the news how to think about the news.  If the media were responsible, people would understand the actual issues and make up their own minds.

Mike26
Mike26

@TimHarb The "now" comes from their highly delusional fanbase that still believes it's in a 2-team conference of eight like they were until the 90's....

Mike26
Mike26

@OwenCaterwall3 You must really have an axe to grind with Alvarez.  He's been retired for almost 8 years now....

Blinker
Blinker

@Listening  

Be nice.  I will have to say I felt bad for the QB in the second half of the game.  He could not complete a pass at all.  Ugly.....

rkcla08
rkcla08

@Steve Phillips  could it be he's about as personable as a partial denture?  or, maybe he's not getting the team that you say is on track to play to expectations...

doghockey
doghockey

@jdane You don't think that other faculty members or administrators at all of the universities and colleges across the country ever have tantrums?   That is a bit naive.

Listening
Listening

They have great corn eating contests there.

meandmesa
meandmesa

@doghockey @jdane Yeah but they're not doing it in a pubic forum every single weekend in front of a bank of microphones that gets national attention