Fox Sports broadcaster Gus Johnson had seen enough of Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Jeff Sims in the first half Saturday.
After the Cornhuskers got whistled for a delay of game late in the second quarter, Johnson noted that Sims might be better off on the bench, given his ineffectiveness, not to mention his poor performance in the opener against Minnesota (114 yards passing, three interceptions).
“I don’t know, (Nebraska coach) Matt Rhule may have to find somebody else to play quarterback for him, because Sims is costing his team games,” Johnson said. “Cost them last week with the turnovers, and this week as well when it comes to a defense that’s playing excellent football.”
Literally seconds later, Sims rolled out, threw a pass … and got it picked off by Buffaloes safety Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig.
"I don't know, Matt Rhule may have to find somebody else to play quarterback for (Nebraska), because [Jeff] Sims is costing his team games."- Gus Johnson, seconds before Jeff Sims throws an interception 🏈🎙️ pic.twitter.com/qOv5WXM4cy
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 9, 2023
Johnson came under fire on social media last weekend after a couple of mistakes while calling the Colorado-TCU game, but that was a good read about Sims on his part Saturday.
To his credit, Johnson did not respond to his prediction with, “I told you so,” although he would have been justified. College football fans were more than willing, however, to give him props for his Nostradamus act.
His parents watching the telecast 👁️
— Rafael Ortega (@Darrellshakle) September 9, 2023
Truthful critical commentating!!!
— Darren Nye (@darren_nye) September 9, 2023
Timing is everything in football, and Gus Johnson might have felt that one coming! Tough break for Jeff Sims, but let’s see if he can turn it around. The game’s full of surprises!
— Skyline (@Skyline55085861) September 9, 2023
Gus watched Sims’ tape from GT. It’s no surprise he’s giving away the ball at a different school.
— Russ Ferguson (@bubbleheadchaps) September 9, 2023
I think based on that clip I’d bench the kid just because it’s obvious he has no confidence in himself. His body language says it all
— Trashcan Butcher (@breakingbattman) September 9, 2023
Hate seeing a good guy take a beating on social media… and on TV. But there’s some valid criticism for sure
— MichiganMark1989 (@MMark1989) September 9, 2023