It’s Week 0 of the college football season, and Nebraska-Illinois has already offered up plenty of weirdness.
From the first Big Ten score of the season being a safety on a botched punt return to a missed extra point to Nebraska giving up a massive lead to Illinois before trying to make things respectable in the second half, it really has been a perfect reintroduction to this particular brand of football.
In addition to all of that weirdness, we’ve had two officials get taken out on crossing routes, and both had to leave the game at least momentarily:
That obviously qualifies as weird football, but it’s a lot scarier and more serious than the rest of this game has been. Their exits briefly left the game without an umpire, although it looked like at least one of the officials was able to return.
Hopefully both avoided any kind of serious injury.