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Week 3 Cobs: Tennessee’s Hail Mary Defense, A Terrible Late Hit, A Bad Decision

A Hail Mary, gravitating towards mediocrity, targeting, and playing a convicted rapist.

Youngstown State v Pittsburgh Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

The list of potential Cobs this week is long and distinguished. Here’s your finalists for the dishonor.

Nominee #1 - The Nebraska Cornhuskers

I'm certain with nine wins there will be questions, but this is not a decision that was determined by wins and losses. It was a decision based on the overall direction of our program and where our program is headed in the next five years. I refuse to let the program gravitate to mediocrity. We're not going to relinquish the Big 12 Conference title to Oklahoma and Texas.

Steve Pederson, December 2, 2003.

We’re now 15+ years into the 5-years of mediocrity that Pederson foresaw. If it wasn’t clear before, it should be more than than obvious now that NU was punked on its own hallowed ground by directional state. I don’t know what else to say.

Nominee #2 - The Tennessee Volunteers

The Vols gave up a walk-off Hail Mary touchdown with :00 on the clock. If that isn’t bad enough, Gator QB Feleipe Franks heaved it 63 yards to hit Tyree Cleveland in stride at the goal line. It’s hard to punt a ball that far, much less throw it. Kudos to the kid with a cannon of an arm and cobs to the Vol defense for not doing the simple task of just knocking the thing down.

Make sure you turn up the sound on the video.

Nominee #3 - Chase Hatada, Boise State

Hatada levelled New Mexico QB Lamar Jordan with a late hit that was, for obvious reasons, was called targeting. This kind of BS is why we have the rule in place. Some might make the argument that this kind of play goes beyond targeting to assault. Jordan was clearly concussed as he left the field.

Nominee #4 - Youngstown State and former Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini

This story is complicated, but it comes down to this: Ma’lik Richmond was convicted of rape in the 2013 Steubenville, OH rape scandal a few years back. He served less than a year, graduated, and eventually made his way to Youngstown State.

Pelini recruited him, and he joined the team. That was, understandably, a controversial decision and the public response was overwhelming. The pressure on University President Jim Tressel to act was substantial, and he decided that Richmond would not play. Richmond sued and won an injunction that, while the case was being litigated, he should not be removed from the team, UNLESS THE COACH DECIDED NOT TO PLAY HIM.

Guess what Pelini chose to do on Saturday?

Football Scoop has a great story on this. Read it.


So, who gets this week’s Cob?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Your Nebraska Cornhuskers
    (543 votes)
  • 2%
    UT for giving UF a walk-off Hail Mary
    (29 votes)
  • 9%
    Chase Hatada for reminding use why targeting is a thing
    (113 votes)
  • 40%
    Bo Pelini for making a play to be the next HC at Baylor
    (467 votes)
1152 votes total Vote Now