Optimism abounded for Nebraska football fans when former Cornhuskers quarterback Scott Frost was hired to replace the fired Mike Riley as head coach.
The start has been rocky, to say the least.
The first game of the season, against Akron, was canceled because of weather. And that has been the highlight of the year.
After a 56-10 to No. 19 Michigan on Saturday, the Huskers (0-3, 0-1 Big Ten) are off to the worst start in program history since George “Potsy” Clark team began the season 0-5 in 1945.
Dating back to the 2017 season, the Huskers have lost seven consecutive games, tying the longest consecutive losing streak in program history.
But Frost, hired in December after leading Central Florida to an undefeated 2017 season, said his team has hit bottom and is looking up.
Next up for the Huskers is Purdue on Saturday in Lincoln, Neb.
“We’ve got a chance to get reset next week,” Frost told reporters. “This is a really good (Michigan) team we played. We get a game that we can win next week.
“We’ve got to find a way to get better. We’re not ready to beat a team like (Michigan) yet, but the key word is yet. Because I know where it’s going. Certainly it isn’t happening as quickly as I would like, but I’m kind of excited because it’s not going to get worse than this. It’s only up from here.”
The Huskers stand near the bottom of the Big Ten in three of four major offensive categories, and in three of the four defensive categories.
Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez returned from injury on Saturday against Michigan and completed seven passes for just 22 yards in the first half. They produced just 132 yards of total offense on the day. Special teams also struggled in punt coverage and with penalties.
“More than a few breakdowns,” Frost said. “We’re a team, so it’s on all of us. There’s some things that just keep happening and that means guys either can’t do it or won’t do it right. We can’t keep kicking the ball down the middle of the field 50 yards and give athletes like they had back deep a chance to return it. We got to be able to field a punt when it’s bouncing on the ground and not muff it and give it to them. We can’t have penalties.”
Against Purdue (1-3, 0-1), Nebraska will be trying to win its first game in 336 days.
“We’re not giving up, we’re going to get this thing right,” Frost said. “They brought us in here to get it right; we’re going to get it right. We knew it was a big job because there’s just so much that needed to be fixed and changed. We’re not there yet.”
–Field Level Media