- Nebraska won most of the game, but two key breakdowns at the start and the end of the game resulted in the deciding points. Blown tackles on the opening kickoff and Anthony West's blown coverage were the big blows.
- Don't blame Anthony West for this loss. Plenty of blame to go around, especially on the offensive line's discombobulation when Nebraska had 1st and goal at the 6. When you have to punt on 4th and goal, you know something horrible has gone wrong.
- Zac Lee will have plenty of things to look at in his second half. His second quarter performance was nothing less than spectacular, but Virginia Tech turned up the pressure on Lee in the second half, giving him a stat line that'll look downright mediocre.
- Thank goodness for Matt O'Hanlon. Read that profile of him from the World-Herald.
- Roy Helu. What can I say; he carried the offense from the 2nd quarter on.
- Ndamukong Suh. At times, he was playing volleyball with Tyrod Taylor's passes.
- Pierre Allen and Barry Turner came up huge as well.
This one is going to hurt for a while, and the what-if's can tie you up in knots if you let them. Fortunately, I think Bo Pelini will get this team focused and not let them dwell too long on the negatives. We'll find out as the season goes on just how good Virginia Tech is, just like we'll learn just how good Nebraska is. We know that Nebraska nearly won at one of the toughest places to win as a visitor. Sadly, moral victories don't count.