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FG helps Brown gain redemption
NU kicker nails game-winning field goal
By BOB SCHALLER
For the Star-Herald
LINCOLN Josh Brown was off campus after NU lost to Kansas State when someone
Youre a loser! the person proclaimed. You lost that game for
Brown was caught off guard.
It took a couple of days, Brown said. It wasnt polite of that guy
to do that, but it comes with the territory.
So does the glory. And Brown was getting plenty of it after making a 29-yard field goal to
lift Nebraska past Colorado, 34-32, Friday in Lincoln.
One of those people who had a lot of belief in Brown was head coach Frank Solich, who
never wavered on sending Brown in despite Browns earlier problems in the game.
Hes an excellent kicker, Solich said. I dont think
theres a kicker out there whos not going to miss some. If you go in the tank
because you miss a couple or if theres no belief in a guy because he misses a couple
or if he doesnt believe in himself because he misses a couple, he shouldnt be
a kicker. Those things are going to happen to all kickers. It was his time. Hes a
very confident young man. He stepped onto the field with confidence.
Solich was prepared to talk to Brown just before the kick. After looking to his left and
right, Solich could find Brown nowhere.
I couldnt find him to try to calm him down. He just ran onto the field to kick
it, Solich said. Apparently, he was bursting with confidence and of course,
hit it very well.
When the ball went through the uprights, Brown was engulfed by his teammates.
It seems like a split second. I kicked the ball, looked up and everybody just went
crazy, Brown said. Its definitely how I pictured it in a dream. I
dont know who got me first, but they tackled me to the ground.
But before the kick, Brown was thinking about where hed been, and where he was
I was actually thinking about the kick prior to that one, Brown said. I
really concentrated hard on my last kick, keeping my eye on the ball and things like that.
Thats exactly what was going through my mind. I was like, This is exactly what
Ive already done today. Dont yank it. Please dont yank it (left or
Brown was the first to point out that had the Huskers not moved the ball so quickly down
the field 47 yards on seven plays in just 47 seconds hed never have
gotten a shot at redemption.
I thank everybody for making all those catches. As they got closer to the end zone,
I was just thinking it ups my chances percentages rise, Brown said. It
was a team effort to get down the field. We all just had to do our job.