Nebraska scored a critical, program-defining win on March 9 with an upset victory over No. 9 Wisconsin, but it was Cornhuskers senior Mike Peltz who stole the show as he used the moments before the game to propose to his girlfriend.
Peltz, in front of a sellout crowd of 15,998, took the microphone to remind those in attendance of the team's "No-Sit Sunday" rule, according to Brent Yarina of the Big Ten Network:
“You all know the rules for tonight, and there’s no sitting or kneeling of any kind. But, but, I got to make an exception real quick,” Peltz said as he walked toward Shelby.
Peltz himself then broke the rule to the shock of all:
For those who cannot hear over the yells of 15,000 strong, she said yes.
After the place cooled off, the rest of Peltz's speech was rather impressive as well:
While Peltz's name is not typically in the headlines, considering he only appeared in 11 games this season and averaged 4.9 minutes, he gets the spotlight for his bravery to seize the moment and seal the deal.
To top it all off, Peltz can take a major part of the credit—without even hitting the court on Sunday night during the game—for getting the frenzied crowd going before the Cornhuskers took down the Badgers, 77-68.
Nebraska needed as much help as it could get going into the game with the program on the cusp of its first NCAA tournament bid since 1998. The win provides a boost to its RPI and SOS numbers while moving the Cornhuskers to an 8-8 record against the top 100 and a 15-1 home record at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Looking ahead, the Cornhuskers now clutch the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament. With Selection Sunday on the horizon, Nebraska is in a great position to upset a team like Ohio State on its side of the bracket and easily land a spot in the tournament.
While great news for the program as a whole, some things transcend meaningless sports. Peltz's special moment was one, and something the globe will not soon forget.