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Former Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini on 2009 Big 12 Championship Game: ‘That was a Screw Job’

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Nebraska

Bo Pelini has never been one to shy away from saying what is on his mind.

This past week, the former Cornhuskers’ head coach went on an episode of “Pardon My Take” and called out the Big 12 with his NSFW take on Nebraska’s controversial loss to Texas back in the 2009 championship game.

Pelini talked about the end of the game and said the officials, “f—ing lied”, adding, “That was a screw job.” His full quote with context can be heard below.


Nebraska entered the game 9-3 facing the No. 3 ranked Longhorns, with a record of 12-0 fighting for a chance at the national championship game. All Texas had to do was beat the Cornhuskers and they were in the title game because No. 1 Florida was playing No. 2 Alabama in the SEC Championship.

Bo Pelini’s squad aimed to play spoiler, as they ruined Colt McCoy’s Heisman campaign intercepting the Texas quarterback three times.


With 9 seconds remaining in the game and Nebraska leading 12-10, McCoy rolled out to his right and threw the ball away. The clock seemed to expire, prompting the Nebraska sideline to rush the field before learning their fate. The Big 12 officiating crew ruled that there was still one second remaining in the game, enough time for Texas to send out their kicker, Hunter Lawrence, to attempt a 46-yard field goal and the rest is history. Lawrence drilled the field goal, giving the Longhorns a 13-12 win and sending them to the national championship.

Texas ended up losing the national championship game to Alabama 37-21, but Pelini felt like the Cornhuskers should’ve been the team to hand Texas its first loss.

Bo Pelini has seemed to always be on the wrong end of things, going 67-27 during his seven years at Nebraska before being fired. The Cornhuskers have yet to see the success they had under Pelini, as their bowl game drought has now reached five years.

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