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VIDEO: Nebraska Cornhuskers Fumble Out Of Bounds, Get First Down

The Cornhuskers and Golden Gophers are going at it at this very moment, and, at the time of writing, it's not looking good for Minnesota. Without being insulting, it's safe to say that Nebraska probably would be taking the victory on their own merits, but it looks like there's a couple referees out there who are Cornhusker fans. Or, if you buy the rule I'm about to tell you, referees who spend way too much time studying stupid rules.

Minnesota's defense was tightening up and Nebraska was faced with a 4th-and-1, and they decided to go for it. Taylor Martinez faced heavy pressure, backpedaled and pitched the ball backwards to the Nebraska running back, who fumbled it (without ever really securing it at all) forward over the first down marker and out of bounds. The Cornhuskers were awarded a first down because it was a pitch, and therefore a backward pass, and the ball is supposed to be spotted where it goes out of bounds. We actually have clarification that it is, indeed, a good rule. Yikes. Make the jump for the video.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.