Let me just come out and say that I don’t think there’s a chance in foot-fuck hell that the Huskies are winning the Holiday Bowl against Nebraska. They’re better than us up and down their lineup, they’re deeper than us, they’re bigger than us, they’re faster than us. All signs point to another blowout. Maybe not a 35-point blowout, but a blowout nonetheless.
I could just end it right there and we could all go home, but where’s the fun in that?
Here’s what I’m looking for: I just want to see a good game. Something down to the wire if at all possible, but at the very least within a score late in the 4th quarter. Show me some improvement! Show me some fire! Show me that underdog nobody believed in, rising up and gashing the heavy favorite across the throat!
I want to see everyone laying it all out there. I want to see Jake Locker running like he’s never run before. I want to see wide receivers CATCHING the ball when it’s thrown perfectly towards them; and I want to see them catching the ball when they have to reach/dive/jump/get hit by an oncoming safety. I want to see speed rushers to the outside getting that edge and I want to see power rushers to the inside bowling over people.
I want to see a Let Down Game out of Nebraska. I want to see their quarterback limping and ineffective on the field. I want to see timely and untimely Cornhusker turnovers. I want to see drops on 3rd down, shanked punts, missed tackles, and big plays allowed. I want to see Nebraska walking into this game knowing they own the joint and I want to see them get smacked in the face.
I want to see our defense show up. I want to see them get stops on critical drives. I want to see Cornhusker field goals instead of touchdowns. I want to see 2 and 3 yard runs instead of 8 and 9 yard runs. I want to see gaps filled and I want to see Nebraska fans sitting on their hands.
I just want a good game. Something that will hold my interest for three hours. Moments where I jump out of my seat; moments where the tension overwhelms. I want a game I can be proud of. Something I can turn to in the offseason and reflect a newfound hope for next season. Something the coaches can spin as progress for incoming freshmen and high school seniors all across this state.
Can you do that for me, Huskies? Can you give me this one game? This game we’ve waited so long to see? Not just these last few weeks, but these last many seasons. The purple and gold are hungry for a winner. Let’s go out and show ’em what we’re capable of!