Nebraska had just lost 38-17 to Iowa. The Hawkeyes were hoisting the Heroes Game trophy in the air. Husker fans were leaving deflated.
As for Pelini, he was finally snapping.
Pelini was clear that the constant rumors surrounding his job security were affecting his team.
With it, he challenged Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst to fire him.
Eichorst has every right to fire Pelini too.
After swinging his hat at a referee, getting angry at a sideline reporter prior to halftime and blowing up at the end of his press conference, Pelini has proven he is nothing short of a loose cannon.
Additionally, Pelini has yet to make a BCS bowl. Fans want more.
However, it still might not be right to let Pelini go just yet.
The Omaha World Herald's Tom Shatel took a hard look at this very topic prior to the Iowa game.
Shatel made the interesting point that it has been exactly 10 years to the day since Nebraska fired Frank Solich.
He was fired after his sixth season as head coach.
Many wanted Solich to get a seventh season, but it didn't happen. Former Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson took a chance and let Solich go.
Fans know what happened next.
The coaching prospects didn't line up as expected. Nebraska was left to hire Bill Callahan. The rest became history.
Once again, Nebraska is faced with the decision of what to do with a coach at the end of his sixth season.
Pelini has now challenged his employer. That definitely has to make the atmosphere a bit more awkward around One Memorial Drive.
Eichorst also has to make a decision.
No one knows exactly what he'll decide either.
The difficult part for Eichorst is that Pelini's players stand by him and respect him. There are few on the team who would say otherwise.
His contract is another concern for Eichorst. With it extended through 2018, his buyout would be less than ideal for Nebraska, especially as the program looked to hire someone new.
Also, Pelini has had a pretty good career at Nebraska. Plenty of programs would love to have eight to 10 wins per season.
It's just a question of whether or not it's good enough for Eichorst and Nebraska.
If it's not, Eichorst better have a 10- or 11-win coach in his back pocket. He needs someone who can beat Ohio State and Wisconsin, because Nebraska can't rely on talented coaches knocking down its door.
When Pederson fired Solich in 2003, coaches from across the country were turned off by a place willing to fire a 9-3 coach.
That could very well happen again in 2013.
Eichorst has a lot to think about. He could fire Pelini. No one would blame him if he did.
However, would that really be the best move?
Based on history, likely not.