A week after getting dismantled by Ohio State, Nebraska found itself in a slugfest with Northwestern. Luckily for Scott Frost and the Huskers, they pulled out a close one, on the leg of safety-turned-emergency kicker Lane McCallum.
It was a rough evening overall for the Huskers. Quarterback Adrian Martinez left the game with an injury in the third quarter, thrusting Noah Vedral into position to try and pull out a tough-fought 10-10 tie.
The team also lost top receiver JD Spielman during the game. Luckily, Frost says neither injury appears to be serious.
Down the stretch, McCallum and Northwestern’s Charlie Kuhbander each missed a field goal amid a sea of punts. McCallum got a chance at redemption with just three seconds on the clock, and buried one from 24 yards out—roughly the length of an extra point—as time expired to win the game.
The ball made its way through a host of Northwestern hands, and despite being a very slat kick, sailed through the uprights.
After the game, Frost was asked about what he told McCallum before the attempt. He very frankly responded that he “called him a name and told him to go make it.”
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Scott Frost says that he wanted to take some of the pressure out of the situation by joking around with McCallum.
“I called him a name and said ‘go make it.’ Sometimes levity’s better. I’m 44 years old, I could’ve jumped as high as he kicked that, but it got through. I think we were due a break somewhere.
“I’m happy for him. He hit two out of three, and that was enough.”
Lane McCallum transferred in from Air Force, and began is career at safety, but has been handling kicking duties as well, due to Nebraska’s injuries at the position. It hasn’t always been pretty, but he got the job done in the biggest spot of the season thus far.