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10.25.2011 / The Huskers get ready to host the Spartans after their Hail Mary win over Wisconsin. Blog posting by Mike Babcock, Huskers Illustrated Magazine.

Bo Pelini did not watch the final play of the Michigan State 37 to 31 victory win against Wisconsin on television Saturday night. The highlight was the final play, a Hail Mary pass by Spartans quarterback Kirk Cousins that was deflected into the hands of Keith Nichol, who tried to push the ball into the end zone.

"Our guys understand what is at stake, Pelini said. "

The officials ruled Nichol didn’t get it across the goal line. But a video review showed he did.  Of course, “I saw the highlights,” Pelini said.  No overtime needed. Victory Spartans. “Crazy play, huh? I don’t know; it was a good football game,” said Pelini.  “Great for Michigan State. Bad deal for Wisconsin.”

Bad deal for Nebraska, too. The Huskers are in the Big Ten’s Legends Division, as is Michigan State, while Wisconsin is in the Leaders Division. The victory gave the Spartans a 3-0 conference record and the division lead. Though Nebraska, which is 2-1 in conference play, gets a shot at Michigan State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the Huskers have a more difficult schedule the rest of the way.

And even if the Huskers win on Saturday, they might have to win out in order to play in the Big Ten Championship game. A Wisconsin victory would have given them some margin for error.

Regardless, that doesn’t change Nebraska’s approach. “Our guys understand what is at stake,” Pelini said. “Every game is a must-win. That’s how we look at it. If you win all your games, you control your own destiny. If you don’t, then you lose control. It’s pretty obvious.”

Depending on how you look at it, the dramatic finish in East Lansing, Mich., might provide Michigan State some additional momentum coming to Lincoln. Then again, it might not.

“I’m not in that locker room, but I’m guessing they’ve moved on. They better,” Pelini said. “I don’t worry about that because I’m not in that situation. Around here our approach is that it doesn’t matter how you win a game or, for that matter, lose a game; you move on to the next game.”

Every week’s unique. “You’re playing a different team in a different place,” he said. “You aren’t going to gain too much from that. I don’t buy into that.”

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