Monday, November 1, 2010
Another Huskers hit under review
By ESPN.com staff
Midway through the fourth quarter of Missouri's 31-17 loss to Nebraska on Saturday, Huskers safety Courtney Osborne blitzed off the edge of the line toward Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert's front side. He was left unblocked and delivered a huge hit that had Gabbert slow to get up.
Gabbert appeared to crouch in anticipation of the hit, but Osborne made helmet-to-helmet contact with the quarterback, whose fumble on the play was ruled dead, allowing Missouri to retain possession. No penalty was assessed on the play.
Monday morning, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he sent video of the hit to the Big 12 for review.
"We'll see what happens," said Pinkel. "I don't know if there was malice involved there."
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he "thought it was a good tackle."
"They gotta do what they gotta do," Pelini said of Missouri's decision to ask for a review of the play. "Like I said, he tucked a little bit at the last second. It was a good hit. The Big 12's going to do what they have to do. I don't know; I can't control that."
What he can control is how his players are coached to play. Reserve linebacker and special teams player Eric Martin was suspended for last week's game after a hit on Oklahoma State's Andrew Hudson on a Nebraska kick return.
Asked how the review and last week's suspension could affect the way his team played, Pelini kept his answer succinct.
"It won't," he said.