Nebraska Football: Marcus Satterfield’s horrible decision sinks Huskers

Sep 16, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Marcus Satterfield during the third quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Marcus Satterfield during the third quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nebraska Football offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a mind-blowing 3rd and goal decision.

There was no reason why the Nebraska Football team really should have had any chance to win on Saturday. Once and for all, the Huskers demonstrated that there is not a quarterback on the roster that should be starting in the Big Ten.

And yet, Chubba Purdy came into the game after Heinrich Haarberg got hurt and Jeff Sims couldn’t stop turning the ball over.

Purdy inexplicably drove the Nebraska Football team down the field. Play after play, Purdy did the little things, or allowed his teammates to do the little things to drive all the way inside the Maryland 10 yard line.

And then, on 3rd and goal, Marcus Satterfield pretended he had Joe Montana playing quarterback. On 3rd and goal, when a field goal would have given the Huskers a 13-10 lead.

On 3rd and goal when Husker quarterbacks had already turned the ball over four times, an embattled offensive coordinator decided to try and throw the ball into the end zone. With the third-string quarterback.

Despite making it clear that he had no confidence in Purdy throwing the ball earlier in the drive.

So of course, Purdy threw it right to the defensive back. It was the fourth interception by a Husker quarterback on Saturday. It was the fifth turnover by a Nebraska Football quarterback.

And after Maryland drove down the field to kick a game-winning field goal, it was another loss that was absolutely avoidable.

Nebraska Football deserved better

Despite the Huskers offense somehow taking another couple of steps backwards on Saturday, there was a chance to win the game. There was a chance to exercise so many demons.

There was a chance to play the last two games of the season knowing that whatever happens, they’re going bowling. And Marcus Satterfield snatched that chance away by trusting a third string quarterback they hadn’t trusted all season, despite some truly awful quarterback play.

Coaches need to know the limitations of their players. They need to plan to limit mistakes.

The last offensive play call for Nebraska Football was indefensible and the loss to Maryland should hang squarely around Satterfield’s neck.