Nebraska 24, Michigan State 3

LINK: Nebraska 24, Michigan State 3 photos

NU’s Lance Thorell steps in front of MSU’s B.J. Cunningham and intercepts a pass at 12:01 left in the first quarter. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

Most people are envious that I get to be on the sidelines. They should be. For a football fan, it’s a perspective and closeness they can usually just dream about. For me, it’s a job. This part of the football season is a grind. Saturday was just a beautiful day with warm temps and the sports photographers favorite light- bright overcast. This means it is easy to see the player’s faces, and if you shoot into the sun, you get a soft rim light around them.

A couple of my favorite action images of the game were little moments.

I don’t know what Michigan State receiver B.J. Cunningham was upset about after Husker Lance Thorell stepped in front of him for this interception (bad pass? penalty?), but I thought the moment summed up the game. Nebraska seemed to be a step quicker, stronger, and more focused than the Spartans.

Another photo I liked was when Quincy Enunwa was flagged for a holding penalty, which brought back a long Taylor Martinez run. It’s a moment that is often not seen on television, and if it is, often doesn’t have a lasting impact. I think we can all relate to the sophomore receiver’s reaction.

NU receiver Quincy Enunwa reacts after referees called him for a holding penalty during a long run by Taylor Martinez with 1:38 left in the third quarter. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD

LINK: Nebraska 24, Michigan State 3 action photos and Nebraska 24, Michigan State 3 fan features

About Matt Miller

I’ve been shooting Cornhuskers, cowboys and common folks at the Omaha World-Herald since September 2002. I was lucky enough to catch the end of the Tom Osborne era while in college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Any day I get to spend in Nebraska's Sandhills is a good day. If nice light and people (a rare sight in western Nebraska) are tossed into the mix, it’s even better. Shooting photos for the World-Herald offers several challenges: the repetition of sporting events, handling my own feelings at emotional events like shootings and funerals, and handling the wide range of weather we cover in the Great Plains. I’d be happy to share more, but you’ll have to buy me a drink, first. You can see a larger selection of my work at my website.
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