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Blowout loss to Iowa adds heat to Bo Pelini’s seat

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For those members of ‘Husker Nation looking for additional ammunition against Bo Pelini continuing on as Nebraska’s head coach, you got it Friday afternoon.  In spades.

Down to its third-string quarterback and handing the opposition prime field position time after time, Nebraska stumbled, bumbled and tripped its way to a 38-17 loss to Iowa.  At home, no less.

It was the Cornhuskers’ third loss in the last six games, with a Hail Mary the only thing standing between that number moving to four of six.

The Hawkeyes’ five touchdown drives totaled just 156 yards, with the longest coming from 41 yards out.  Two of those scores came courtesy of NU’s three official turnovers, while a third TD came after an inexplicable decision — one that reeked of coaching desperation — to fake a punt on fourth and three from their own 32-yard line.

Ron Kellogg, making his first career start under center for the Cornhuskers, threw a pair of interceptions.  When Kellogg wasn’t coughing up turnovers, the senior was being harassed and pummeled by a punishing Hawkeye defense.

The loss will make it extremely hard for school officials to bring Pelini back for a seventh season, despite the fact that Nebraska has not won fewer than nine games his first five seasons in Lincoln.  Part of the problem, though, is that they haven’t won more than 10 and have finished every season with four losses under Pelini.

Then, of course, there was the off-field controversy that still eats at some members of the football community despite an apology from the coach.

This season, the Huskers are 8-4 — they avoided the best teams in the Big Ten, Ohio State and Wisconsin — and a bowl loss away from what would officially be the program’s worst season with Pelini as coach.  Provided he makes it to the bowl game, that is.

All season long, athletic director Shawn Eichorst has steadfastly refused to address either Pelini’s status or offer up a vote of confidence.  A review is expected at the end of the season, although said review could commence (continue) this weekend.  And could result in an interim head coach guiding the Huskers through bowl practices and their postseason game.

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13 Responses to “Blowout loss to Iowa adds heat to Bo Pelini’s seat”
  1. hoopsvader says: Nov 29, 2013 3:51 PM

    Bo should not be fired because he will kill many people in Lincoln if he does get the boot. The guy is certifiably crazy.

  2. nickp91 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    If Nebraska fires Bo Pelini there should be a reality show this winter where the Pelini brothers send out résumés and interview for jobs

  3. burm61 says: Nov 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    I know this isn’t saying alot of the Big 10 but Iowa is easily the 4th best team. It’s OSU, MSU, Wisconsin then a pretty big gap, Iowa, another big gap and the rest of the conference. Iowa is a very gritty team.

  4. huskertevo says: Nov 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    No way he gets the ax…too much money to pay him off and also pay for a new coaching staff..he gets another year at least.

  5. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 4:27 PM

    Minnesota is 4. Iowa 5. Sad day… Halloween is over, take off the Callahan costume.

  6. bballnut50 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:22 PM

    Huskerguy is CORRECT!! MInnesota is 4th….then gap and maybe Iowa…maybe….SKI-U-MAH!!!

  7. bballnut50 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:24 PM

    Huskerguy is CORRECT…Minnesota is 4th, then a gap and maybe….Iowa…..SKI-U-MAH!!!

  8. imaduffer says: Nov 29, 2013 7:10 PM

    FYI,

    Iowa beat Minnesota

  9. zebradan says: Nov 29, 2013 7:34 PM

    Busker guy and Bballnut must be partying with Carl Pelini to rank Minnesota ahead of Iowa. Hawks handled the Gophers earlier this season with relative ease, but much closer than today’s Husker spanking.

  10. huskerguy says: Nov 29, 2013 8:28 PM

    I’ll give you 4… But not by much. Let’s see how they do against MSU.

  11. cyraider says: Nov 29, 2013 9:03 PM

    Does any of it matter? Big 10 is an absolute joke! OSU will get rolled in their BCS. No competition, no schedule, no real teams.

  12. bballnut50 says: Nov 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    cyraider-typical SEC blowhard..

  13. 27xwschamps says: Nov 30, 2013 12:43 AM

    Suck it up yo !!! U got beat …

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