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Friday, November 28, 2008
Halftime: Colorado 24, Nebraska 24

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Bo Pelini was getting a lot of attention before the season as a potential Big 12 Coach of the Year for his late turnaround with Nebraska this season.

Pelini better bury the tape of the first half if he wants to be considered after Friday.

Colorado erupted for three big scoring plays. On all of them, the Cornhuskers looked ill-prepared.

The most telling was Jimmy Smith's 58-yard fumble recovery that pulled the Buffaloes into a 24-24 deadlock at the break. On the play, Smith perfectly read a blind pitch from holder Jake Wesch to kicker Alex Henery. Smith jumped in the middle of the play, snatched the ball away and raced untouched for the touchdown after Henery moved too early.

It was a 10-point turnaround that left Pelini making his feelings known along the sidelines.

Earlier, Colorado gashed the Cornhuskers for two long touchdowns on the first four plays that staked them to a 14-0 lead.

So much for soothing instruction along the sidelines. Pelini's fire-and-brimstone orations seemed to charge the Cornhuskers as they charged back for 17 unanswered points to reclaim the lead.

It looks to me that Nebraska responds better to Pelini's anger than any reassuring words. He'll probably have a bunch more for them when they get back to the locker room for the break.

Here are some other things I've noticed in the first half.