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Devastating loss for Nebraska

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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The show of emotion I just caught from Nebraska coach Bo Pelini probably encapsulated his day at Blacksburg, Va.

An 80-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor to Danny Coale that fellow blogger Heather Dinich termed "miraculous" set up the game-winning 11-yard TD play from Taylor to Dyrell Roberts that led to a tough 16-15 loss to the Hokies.

The ABC-TV camera crew caught a great show of emotion from Pelini after the game-winning play. After he realized that Roberts' touchdown has put his team behind, Pelini took a step backwards and hurled his headset away from his bench.

It could have been a statement-making victory for the Cornhuskers. Instead, it was perhaps Pelini's most bitter defeat.

Nebraska didn't have enough offense to win that game in the end. Five Alex Henery field goals ultimately weren't enough to hold up against Virginia Tech's late onslaught.

And Pelini, a defensive coach first and foremost, will be mumbling about that late bust on Coale's big catch for a long time.