Officials missed a potential pass interference call on fourth down inside the five-yard line against Wisconsin during the final seconds of Nebraska’s 35-38 loss to the Badgers.
On fourth-and-20 at the Wisconsin 21 with 12 seconds left, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez attempted a pass to Zavier Betts, which was broken up by cornerback Faion Hicks. Hicks made contact with Betts’ legs, and caused him to miss the deep pass. After the play, the Nebraska bench showed their disapproval of the missed call. The officials flagged the Huskers for and allowed Wisconsin to hold on for the victory.
Several reporters and media figures reacted to the missed defensive pass interference call and shared their thoughts on the officiating.
Clear PI on Wisconsin. Uncalled. Big Ten continues to love on Nebraska.
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) November 20, 2021
What an excruciating season for Nebraska. Fourth-down incompletion what could have been pass interference will clinch Wisconsin’s 35-28 win over Huskers.
— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) November 20, 2021
Death, taxes and Nebraska losing games to Wisconsin on missed pass interference calls.
— Trevor Maeder (@TrevMaeder96) November 20, 2021
I’d like to see a side-by-side comparison of the interference call on JoJo Domann in the Michigan game and the final offensive play for Nebraska against Wisconsin today.
And then an explanation on how pass interference works.
— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) November 20, 2021
The loss to Wisconsin marks another heartbreaking ending for Nebraska this season. Going into their final matchup against Iowa next Saturday, the Huskers are 3-8 and 1-7 in the Big Ten. Seven of Nebraska’s eight losses have come by one score or less.
Wisconsin can clinch the Big Ten West with a win over Minnesota next week and earn a date with the winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game in the Big Ten championship.