Monday Morning Quarterback: What was the toughest Husker loss due to a referee’s call?

Category: Football

When your program has been playing football since 1890, laws of chance say there will be a certain number of bad calls that go against the Huskers. It is part of the game. But they sure still hurt, and two calls stand out in Husker lore.

1982 season – Nebraska vs. Penn State – With seconds to play, Penn State quarterback Todd Blackledge threw to his tight end. It was ruled a catch, giving the ball to Penn State inside the 5, where they then scored and won the game. It was the Huskers. only loss that year, and Penn State went on to win the national championship.

1993 season – Nebraska vs. Florida State – In the 1994 Orange Bowl, there were a couple of questionable calls. One was a block in the back called on a punt return touchdown by Corey Dixon. The other occurred when Husker safety Toby Wright caused what looked like a fumble on the one-yard line, but was ruled by the refs as a touchdown. FSU went on to win the game 18-16, and the national championship.

Which one of these heartbreaking losses do you think was the toughest one for the Husker faithful?