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With eight minutes to go in the game, Memorial Stadium started to empty. It was understandable, of course—Nebraska fans have seen beaten Cornhusker teams before, and they could see that this crew wasn’t coming back.
But this is the kind of loss that will turn a fanbase against a head coach. A winnable game before Nebraska with an opportunity to make a mark on the national stage and Nebraska ends up getting embarrassed—this time, even with a 21-3 lead.
I wrote earlier about whether the Wyoming game was the “canary in a coal mine” game, like the narrow win over Ball State in 2007 was prior to the team’s implosion. If Wyoming was Ball State 2007, then this game felt, in some ways, eerily like the 41-6 home loss to Missouri in 2007.
Nebraska fans will simply not tolerate a mediocre NU team. Ask Frank Solich about that. Maybe it is premature to say that Bo Pelini is on the hot seat after this collapse. Maybe.
But Nebraska will not have a “big game” until Northwestern comes to town in November, meaning NU will not have a chance to prove itself until then.
That’s plenty of time for a restless fanbase to start pushing for change.