Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 7, 2009

Top 10 UNO Games of 2008: #9

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jon Green @ 10:19 pm

#9 is UNO football’s 21-33 playoff loss to Pittsburg State on November 15th. 

The Mavericks, after a tough regular season that saw them start the year a national title contender but stumble 3 times including a 42-0 loss at home to rivals Northwest Missouri State, made the playoffs as the 6 seed in the SW Region (I hate the name Super Region 4). The opponent was Pittsburg State, a team UNO had lost a close game to back in October. 

Pittsburg State jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a Brandon Clark TD run, but UNO answered with a TD pass from Zach Miller to Kelvin Nesbit.  As the 2nd quarter wound down though, UNO looked liked they were in trouble down 20-7 and Pittsburg State driving with the ball.  Jacob Chandler made a great read on a pass though and intercepted it taking it back for 6 to make the halftime score 20-14 Pittsburg State.

In the 3rd quarter UNO’s Jeff Souder intercepted a pass in the end zone to keep the game close, and then ended the quarter in Pittsburg State territory after a 53 yard Brian McNeill run.  They quickly scored on a 27 yard screen pass from Miller to McNeill to go on top 21-20 with 13:05 to go!

The teams traded possessions until Pittsburg State scored a TD with 5:27 to go to go up 26-21.  After 2 losses on rushes, UNO faced a 3rd and 18.  They decided to go deep airing it out for Kelvin Nesbit.  The pass was one step too far for Kelvin and he was able to get a hand on it but couldn’t hang on.  The Mavericks were forced to punt.  Pittsburg State drove down the field quickly and scored again to give us the final margin of 33-21.  UNO didn’t even get the ball back as they fumbled the kickoff return.

It was a tough loss for UNO, their 4th straight year losing their first playoff game, but a fitting end to a season that held more promise than punch.  Things just never fully clicked for the Mavericks. Miscues cost them all year, and this game was no exception with 2 huge fumbles and 5 big penalties.  The defense just didn’t have enough to stop a fantastic Pittsburg State offense that put up 503 yards.

But I’ll never forget this game.  Traveling to Pittsburg State was a lot of fun, their stadium was pretty cool, and we saw a very good football game on a very beautiful afternoon. It was the last football game I’d see in person in 2008 and was a good one to end it with.

I’ll post #8 later today.  The team UNO played was a “big name” this time. 

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