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Video: Nebraska beats Northwestern on 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass

(Video via @tyduffy)

Bo Pelini and Nebraska were staring down a second consecutive defeat, as they faced as 24-21 deficit with four seconds remaining against Northwestern on Saturday. Yet on second-and-10 from the Wildcats' 49-yard line, Cornhuskers quarterback Ron Kellogg III uncorked a last-ditch Hail Mary heave into the end zone. The ball sailed through the air, deflected off a group of players at the edge of the goal line and landed in the hands of Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp for the winning score.

The Huskers escaped with a 27-24 win to improve to 6-2. Northwestern lost its fifth straight to drop to 4-5.

The catch was Westerkamp's first-career touchdown reception. Not a bad way to start things off.

A sampling of the immediate reaction to the play:

https://twitter.com/slmandel/status/396779235181748225

https://twitter.com/Adam_Jacobi/status/396779198590644224

https://twitter.com/GeorgeSchroeder/status/396779216181547008

https://twitter.com/peterberkes/status/396779252583903232

https://twitter.com/KegsnEggs/status/396779308196184064

https://twitter.com/PaulMyerberg/status/396779244778307584

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