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Pelini, offense spoil outstanding game from Suh, D
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ARLINGTON, Tex.Bo Pelini didn't do his part. Ndamukong Suh could have left Nebraska following his junior season and turned pro, but the defensive tackle didn't. His coach, Pelini, addressed that decision in July during the Big 12 Media Days. "We're fortunate that he elected to come back," the second-year coach said. "He just felt like he had unfinished business." It's clear, even in the aftermath of Saturday's 13-12 disappointing loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship, that Suh took care of his. Tack on another 4.5 sacks, a championship record, onto the ledger for Suh, whose remarkable senior season should yet include a trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist and conclude by being a probable top-three selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. He's been that good, probably even better. The lynchpin of a salty defense that sacked Colt McCoy nine times and is unquestionably championship quality. But that offense? Brutal, and that falls on Pelini. Oh, he was hopping mad afterwards, and he should have directed that anger at his offense instead of the officiating although he had a point there. Given a second chance, Texas took advantage. Trailing 12-10, time expired on the Longhorns as McCoy scrambled and threw the ball away, setting off a jubilant Cornhusker celebration. But officials huddled and declared one second should remain on the clock. With the second added, Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence drilled a 46-yard field goal, vaulting his team to victory and likely into the BCS Championship against Alabama. It was rather remarkable, actually. When your defense limits an offense that was averaging 462 yards per game to 206 yards, it has done its job. And when the same defense yields just 13 points to an offense that had been scoring 43 per game, yeah, it's pretty good.
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