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The Spartans, who were the top pick on the college football board at Covers Consensus for the majority of the week, had things running smoothly for the majority of the game.
Key word: majority.
In the final two minutes, with the Spartans up 38-26, Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. capped a 10 play, 75 yard drive with a touchdown of his own to cut the score to 38-33.
Sparty still covering and getting the ball back.
But they couldn’t do anything with the ball and had to punt it away.
It took Nebraska four plays culminating in a controversial touchdown by Brandon Reilly with 17 second left to give Nebraska the 39-38 win and cover, delivering a crushing blow to the Spartans’ postseason chances as well as their backers Saturday.
The controversy lies in the fact that Reilly went out of bound during his route, came back in play and caught the pass from Armstrong Jr.
The call, obviously, was not overturned and the fury of Sparty backers was heard from coast to coast.