From afar, I imagine many people are looking at Nebraska, which is 0-6 for the first time in the storied history of that program, and saying, “What the hell is going on there?’’
The Cornhuskers were oh-so-close to giving native son Scott Frost his first victory on Saturday, leading Northwestern 31-21 in the final minutes.
That prospect was very delicious for the thousands of Nebraska fans who descended on Evanston, Illinois. They turned the Land of Lincoln into the City of Lincoln—and gave the Cornhuskers a decided road-crowd advantage.
Big Red fans were particularly incensed by the failure to call inentional grounding twice late in the game. The referee’s explanation that there was an eligible receiver in the area failed to convince them.
Then they were crushed as Northwestern drove 99 yards in the final two minutes and won the game in overtime.
That was pretty good stuff for the Wildcats, as I detailed in my story for the Chicago Sun-Times.
The best Nebraska people get it. They are frustrated, just like Frost and his players. But the wise ones know that this is a process. Frost is the right guy. He quarterbacked championship Cornhusker teams. He apprenticed well, culminated by going unbeaten at Central Florida last season.
It would be nice to win some games—heck, to win one game—this year. But this is turning out to be a bigger project than anyone anticipated. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.