If Saturday’s frustrating loss at Mississippi State wasn’t demoralizing enough for University of Kentucky football fans, they got a chance to play a somber game of “what might have been” a few hours later.
Former Western Hills High School star Wan’Dale Robinson, who committed to the Wildcats last December before switching to Nebraska, had a monster performance for the Cornhuskers in their comeback win at Illinois, scoring the first three touchdowns of his college career in the 42-38 victory.
“We got one there. We got a real guy there. Not just from a talent perspective, but from a heart perspective,” Coach Scott Frost said, according to a report by the Lincoln Journal Star. “He wanted the ball. He wanted to take over that game; in a lot of ways he did. I’m glad he’s wearing scarlet and cream.”
With Nebraska trailing the Illini 21-7 in the second quarter, Robinson caught a short pass near the sideline and burst between two defenders, then crossed up a safety with a nifty stutter-step and juke on his way to the end zone for a 27-yard score.
Early in the third quarter on first-and-goal, Robinson cut behind his offensive line from the left slot, took a quick pitch from quarterback Adrian Martinez and knifed through the right side of the defense untouched for another touchdown to pull the Cornhuskers within 28-21.
Robinson sealed the win with a short touchdown run in the fourth quarter that gave Nebraska its first lead. The victory snapped an eight-game road losing streak for the Cornhuskers and moved them to 3-1 on the season.
“I’ve been anxious ever since I stepped foot on campus. I’ve been waiting for that moment ever since I decided to come here and play football at Nebraska,” Robinson said. “I came here to play a big role. I came here to help us win football games.”
Robinson finished with 89 rushing yards on a team-high 19 carries and caught eight passes for 79 yards.