One of the highlights of an otherwise dismal sports weekend (Tigers getting swept, Lions looking to sign George Blanda1 to improve the kicking game, Michigan losing at Rutgers) was Michigan State's win over Nebraska.
MSU's students often make jerks of themselves after a big game; riots are not uncommon after big games. However, they're getting ragged on for something a little more civilized; bailing out on the game a bit early.
Athletic director Mark Hollis took to Twitter on Sunday night to express his "embarrassment" with the pockets of empty seats that filled the student section during Saturday's prime-time, nationally televised game against the Cornhuskers.
Note that it's a prime-time game. 8:00 start with the game going to close to midnight, thanks in part to a broken leg that held up the game a bit. The weather wasn't all that good, it was 42 and rainy at 11:00PM Saturday at the Lansing airport, and the campus was likely not much different.
Add a 27-3 lead at the start of the 4th quarter to the mix, and it would not be imprudent to get to someplace warm and dry.
The students actually acted prudently. It made for bad TV when Nebraska rallied to get to 27-22 before getting intercepted on a last-minute final drive, but I'd rather have bad TV than extra cases of hypothermia.
1 Blanda's been dead for four years, but he's still about as accurate as their current kicker. He'd give the Lions kickers some stiff competition.