Lot to like: Ron Kellogg’s day, particularly some of the big throws he made under pressure. Ameer Abdullah’s would-be 62-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. That would have looked nice on the All-America and Doak Walker résumé before the zebra stripes took it away. Pat Smith making back-to-back field goals into the swirling wind in overtime. And Nebraska’s defense snuffing out the rollout attempt by Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg on third down in overtime. Kenny Bell’s 99-yard kickoff return.
Not so much: The fumbles by Abdullah and Kellogg. The first took away a likely Husker touchdown. The second set up Penn State for a go-ahead score early in the third quarter. They added up to a 14-point swing. If they don’t occur, perhaps NU wins 27-13.
Grimminger Award: Kellogg. With Tommy Armstrong out of the game early with an ankle injury, the walk-on from Omaha Westside came to the rescue. There was no Hail Mary, but this should have been Kellogg’s most satisfying moment: a chance to quarterback the team for almost an entire game in tough road conditions. Sure, he had the fumble when he was sacked, and there was a play late in the game when he should have thrown the ball away. But Kellogg played like a starting quarterback, a guy you want to rely on. His vision in the passing game was excellent; he showed a lot of guts completing 20 of 34 passes in that frigid wind. I’d like to see him get the start on Senior Day this Friday.
Bottom line: Nebraska is 8-3 with a chance to win nine or 10 games. If Pelini can get there, he’ll give his bosses a lot to think about.