Shortly following the Nebraska’s 13 -20 home loss to Texas, Nebraska standout wide receiver Niles Paul faced an angry mob of Nebraska football fans that teased and taunted him in the parking lot while he was walking to his car to leave the game.
The week before his 9 receptions for 131 yards and 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown day in Nebraska’s 51-41 road game win at Oklahoma State–there was the home game loss against Texas where Paul dropped two sure touchdown passes. And according to an Associated Press article a group of Husker fans still fuming over the defeat took their frustrations out on Paul.
“You lost us the game. Texas can have you,” Paul said, recalling the taunts.
This Saturday the senior out of Omaha, Nebraska returns home to play in what is thus far the biggest game of his college career when his Husker team faces the undefeated No. 6 Missouri Tigers. How will this sobering experience affect his play in Lincoln on Saturday is yet to be determined, but the fact that it happened at all is quite disturbing. And Paul’s willingness to express to reporters the details of his encounter with this nasty group of Nebraska fans reveals just how deeply it impacted him.
Read the Associated Press Article: “Nebraska’s Niles Paul says he was taunted by Husker fans after loss.”
Nebraska vs. Missouri 2010: A Game too Close to Call
My eyes tell me that Missouri will win this game: Gary Pinkel’s 2010 Tigers have been impressive thus far and his Blaine Gabbert’s led Missouri team just completely took apart No. 1 Oklahoma. But my gut is shouting to me that Husker talent and past Nebraska vs. Missouri history will direct the Huskers to a second consecutive big upset of a ranked and undefeated opponent.
These conflicting messages are exactly why I do not gamble. However, for those who dare to dabble the latest Las Vegas betting line is Nebraska favored by 7.5 points–apparently the folks in Vegas don’t believe the No. 6 BCS ranked Missouri Tigers are for real.
I made the statement in the post “Nebraska’s Texas Nightmare Continues: Longhorns’ Upset Spoils No. 5 Huskers’ Revenge” that the Huskers problem was a one-dimensional Taylor Martinez. Well, Martinez proved at Oklahoma State that he can indeed throw the football, as well as devastate his opponents with his explosive legs. But can the up and down redshirt freshman deliver a sterling performance against the Tigers? The Husker’s fate will rest in his arm.
Cyclones Shock the World
Finally, how about them Iowa State Cyclones beating Texas, last week, for the first time in school history. Maybe their victory over the Huskers last year was not as much a fluke as Husker fans want to believe. Iowa State head football caoch Paul Rhodes should be making Mack Brown money ($5.1 mil per year) for the job that he is doing in Ames—start digging into your pockets Cyclone administrators.