Bo Pelini

Hail yes! Huskers stun Northwestern on last-second TD


With one flick of his right wrist, Ron Kellogg III may have saved Bo Pelini‘s job.  For now.

Trailing Northwestern most of the game, and looking miserable doing so, the Cornhuskers were facing a 24-21 deficit with four seconds remaining and sitting at Northwestern’s 49-yard line.  Four seconds of game clock and 49 yards later — and nearly 60 from where Kellogg launched the Hail Mary — the Huskers had themselves an improbable win thanks to Kellogg’s arm, multiple Wildcats failing to “knock it down!” and Jordan Westerkamp‘s fortuitous positioning behind the goal-line scrum.

Thanks to SBNation for the GIF of the stunning turn of events in Lincoln:

Hail Mary GIF

The miraculous win kept the Cornhuskers from dropping its second straight Big Ten game and kept it at least in shouting distance of Legends leader Michigan State.  It will also, at least for another week, keep the pitchforks and torches under wraps in Lincoln as Pelini lives to coach another day.  For now.

The excruciating loss, though, continues Northwestern’s misery.  After starting the season 4-0 and being ranked inside the Top 20, the Wildcats have dropped five straight to put its bowl eligibility in jeopardy.

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

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Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

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Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.