Nebraska was down 34-30 with about 2:30 left to play in the game. In their own territory, NU faced 4th & 8. The redshirt freshman Eric Crouch dropped back to pass, and his facemask was introduced to the ring finger of KSU middle linebacker Travis Ochs. Feeling aa bit of a buzz, and fueled on by the energy of the game itself, I, along with every other person in the place jumped out of their seats, both horrified from the fact that Crouch had just had his head on backwards, and enraged that for as obvious to everyone either at the game or watching around the country, there was no flag to be found on the cold turf in Manhattan. K-State took over on downs, and proceeded to score again before the final whistle. They had finally beaten Goliath. K-State 40, Nebraska 30.
Historians will argue that the famous Colorado 5th Down against Missouri, or the Penn State out of bounds no-call against NU in 1982 would be in the running.....but the pictures do not lie. Travis Ochs' facemask sack of Eric Crouch is hands-down the biggest, most flagrant no-call in college football history.