It helped that UCLA played two of the four quarters. I think they - especially Mora - thought they would just roll us again. But even with that, the Huskers held on when they came back to life. I thought that was a really good win for a flawed Nebraska team. I am particularly proud of the kids that didn't want Bo fired because only one of them really couldn't stick with it, and he left mid-season. They stuck with this team and played hard to the final buzzer. A lot of players notably got better during the season. I think the bowl win creates some good energy for recruiting that was certainly lacking with the 7 losses.
The first time since 1999 that we didn't lose a game by more than 10 points at any point. Kind of unfair to include 2000 and 2001 in that stat, but very fair to say we were competitive from start to finish moreso than at any point since 2001. And we don't have to be embarrassed by who we are, well, assuming the story about Tommy Armstrong and a couple of co-eds doesn't turn out to be wrong. That's another issue though.
Lots to build on. Ridiculous mistakes cost the team a lot this year. Coaches learning about Big Ten football on the fly. The Big Ten, no doubt about it, was much improved this year. Depth will be a concern for a while especially at QB. Our schedule is brutal next year with road games against Ohio State, Northwestern, Iowa, and Wisconsin, and Oregon on the OOC slate as well. Indiana also on the road, and the other OOC games are Wyoming (who was horrible this year) and Fresno. There is no South Alabama, McNeese, or South Dakota State next year. Life won't get easy quickly for Nebraska.
Rumor that Trevor Knight will transfer here and be eligible immediately to compete at the QB position. Some thought on Kyle Allen as well but no idea if that is true. Tommy Armstrong made so many mistakes this year, but he's also finally getting an offensive line to play behind and some real coaching. Don't know that Knight would help. We are then waiting for Patrick O'Brien to grow into the savior role at QB.