Huskers Stop Badgers At Last

Huskers Stop Badgers At Last

After all the offseason prep work, after all the film reviews and late-night scheming, and after more than three hours of football, it was as simple as this: fourth-and-1. Win that battle and there would be victory shouts on O Street.

What’s a defensive coordinator to think in such a moment? The same thing every fingernail-lacking Husker fan was thinking.

“Oh, please stop them. That’s what I was thinking,” said defensive coordinator John Papuchis. “Please stop them. That simple.”

The shaking stadium told all. Senior Alonzo Whaley made the play of his career, jumping into the Wisconsin backfield, knocking the ball away from the hands of last year’s Heisman finalist Montee Ball.

Fumble and drive home safely.

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