Twitter Reacts as Nebraska Beats Michigan State on Controversial TD

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIINovember 8, 2015

Nebraska players celebrate following their 39-38 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football this season with a 39-38 victory over the No. 7 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday night in Lincoln.

But for the second week in a row, a prominent ending was surrounded by controversy.

Tommy Armstrong Jr. hit Brandon Reilly for a game-winning 30-yard touchdown with 17 seconds left to give Nebraska the huge win, but Reilly appeared to step out of bounds on his own and come back in instead of being pushed out, as the officials ruled. Therefore, it appeared it shouldn't have counted.

Here are some reactions across the Twitterverse, starting with Laura Keeley of the News & Observer, one week after the Duke-Miami fiasco:

Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated felt this had Miami-Duke written all over it:

Former Spartan wide receiver Plaxico Burress was perhaps the most unhappy of the bunch, going on an epic Twitter rant, provided by Lost Letterman (Warning: Tweets contain profanity).

NFL Network's Rich Eisen, a Michigan alum who has experienced his own share of heartbreak involving Michigan State, chimed in on the result:

And Ron Musselman of the Tribune-Democrat echoed that idea:

Josh Norris of NBC Sports had a great thought on how to fix these problems with officiating:

SB Nation's editorial director Spencer Hall looked deep into the soul of Twitter and gave his own observation:

Joe Fitzhenry from Iron Pigs knew that Michigan State's time was coming:

Michigan State head coach Mark D'Antonio is apparently taking the high road in this situation, per Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal:

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley shared his thoughts on the stunning win and the heart of his team:

The Big Ten Network provided a clip of Riley's press conference:

This is only the tip of the iceberg when talking about this game. It's going to get the same publicity in the next few days as the Miami-Duke result. It appears something needs to be addressed, as evidenced by the fact that Twitter is smart enough to know these things. This probably won't be the last time this year officiating will make a difference in a big game.

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