t it's only what you do with it.”
OSU can do much with this. This is the kind of victory — even at the expense of inferior Nebraskans — that pays off big. Not just in the approaching three-game homestand, but in the coming seasons, when State's Boone Pickens Stadium will be expanded to 62,000 and needs believers to fill them.
Gundy tried to soft-pedal the significance, already talking about Kansas State next Saturday and saying college football is a rollercoaster from week to week.
But in the Cowboy locker room, Gundy told his team, "Our fans can celebrate this one for a long, long time.”
How long? Said Larry Reece, the public-address announcer for OSU football and basketball, "We won't forget this one for the rest of our lives.”
What also wasn't forgotten was the lesson of the previous week, when OSU squandered a 17-0 lead at Texas A&M and lost 24-23. Saturday, the Cowboys dominated from the get-go and again led 17-zip.
Which means the Huskers had the Pokes right where they wanted them.
Nebraska, with no semblance of a passing game, hammered a drive into OSU territory but faced 3rd-and-2 from the Cowboy 10-yard line. On back-to-back plays, linebacker Jeremy Nethon dragged down tailback Quentin Castille for no gain, then the Cowboys gashed Nebraska on a 90-yard drive. Nine yards, 12 yards, 24 yards, 12 yards, incomplete pass, 33-yard touchdown run by freshman tailback Kendall Hunter.
To that point, Nebraska had at least put up a fight. But the Cowboys went 90 yards like they were going against a scout team.
"I don't know if anyone said anything, but I know in my mind, 17-0, all I wanted to do was get the ball in the end zone,” said offensive coordinator Larry Fedora. "I believe the guys didn't want that number to stick around very long.”
Said quarterback Zac Robinson, who played nothing short of superb, "That was a big drive for us. We definitely wanted to keep it going. We remembered what happened last week.”
All in all, not a bad Saturday, to wipe out not just the bitterness of a week ago in College Station but the frustration of half a century in Lincoln.