LINCOLN — One month ago, Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck and head coach Bo Pelini sat down together to watch their team’s 41-21 loss to UCLA. It obviously wasn’t for pleasure, but it wasn’t for self-loathing, either. This was one of Pelini’s “black and white” film sessions, a dispassionate analysis of how the Huskers failed, and how it could be fixed.
They already knew NU’s vaunted, much-hyped offense stalled out on its final nine drives of the game, not helping the Huskers’ defense as it wilted in the early afternoon. Often, Beck saw small errors that added up to a big botch of a play. A block that slipped. A poor read. A drop because a route was just off. Nebraska couldn’t seem to cross the thin line between success and failure.