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Chatelain: Even 10 years later, Huskers can't erase the pain from One Second in Texas

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Antonio Bell and Dejon Gomes console each other as they walk off the field following the loss.

Ndamukong Suh early 2009

Ndamukong Suh could've been a first-round draft pick had he left after the 2008 season. Instead, he returned in 2009 to dominate even more.

Bo Pelini Oklahoma

Fueled by his defense, Bo Pelini led the Huskers to a 10-3 upset of Oklahoma. NU went on to finish the regular season on a five-game winning streak and earn a spot in the Big 12 championship game.

Cowboys Stadium

Nebraska takes the field at the sparkling, $1.3-billion football palace of Cowboys Stadium.

Suh sacks McCoy

Ndamukong Suh was as good as advertised in the 2009 Big 12 championship game. He finished with 4.5 sacks.

Nebraska celebrates

For a brief moment, the Huskers felt like champions.

Bo Pelini mad

Bo Pelini couldn't control his infamous temper as the Big 12 championship slipped away.

Ndamukong Suh sad

To this day, Ndamukong Suh can't believe Nebraska lost. "The game should've been over," he said recently.

The kick

Hunter Lawrence became a Texas hero when he hit the championship-winning field goal.


Even though they went on to NFL careers, Huskers from the 2009 team like (from left) Matt O’Hanlon, Niles Paul and Larry Asante can't escape the pain from that Big 12 championship heartbreaker.

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Dirk writes stories and columns about Husker football in addition to covering general assignments and enterprise for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @dirkchatelain. Phone: 402-444-1062.

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