Scott Frost says he's fed up with looking for silver streaks, and I say, "Cheers!"
Football fans from Nebraska legions will join me. Despite this, many of those fans of the contract renewal that Frost had received on Saturday morning in the hours leading up to his team's defeat of Wisconsin 37-21 against Wisconsin in 14th place, are set to jump high.
The good people of Our State generally seems to understand what Frost expects in building his program. But the good people might look at the game to see if the Big Red football boss would earn his daily wage. I would say Frost had his team ready to fight. The fans of Nebraska saw some pleasant surprises ̵
And now: Nebraska fans saw the Huskers enter the fourth quarter with a good chance of their best win of the season. In the end, however, the better program prevailed: Wisconsin improved to 8: 2 and 5: 2 in the Big Ten.
The players from Nebraska appeared with open arms. At this late time of the season, the frost sounded almost recharged. That's all very well. But the final result was a seventh defeat against the standard program in the Big Ten West Division (given the upswing in Minnesota). And let's face it, the end result for Nebraska – in this case a 16-point loss – felt too predictable.
It is also understandable. Frost is still in the early days of a program while Wisconsin is fully mature. But, yes, it felt too predictable, with Wisconsin shooting 45 times for 320 yards, averaging 7.1 per shot. Jonathan Taylor, who has spent an average of 9.6 yards per attempt in defense of Nebraska in the past two seasons, ended the season with 25 carry games for 204 yards (8.2) and two touchdowns. In the meantime, Husker linebacker Mohamed Barry said he thought NU "did a good job in our running defense".
That could be a bit too difficult to find silver stripes.
Nebraska (4-6, 2-5) imposed only three penalties; That's a legitimate silver lining. The same applies to Martinez, who storms 16 times for 89 yards in the lead of his team to 493 yards total offensive against the second-rate national defense.
"Adrian played like the Adrian we know," said Frost, having completed the second of 13, 23 passes for 220 yards and a landing with a trapping. "This kid has been through a lot through our struggles, I went through it (as a quarterback of NU in 1996) when we were 11: 2 and I was the most hated guy in the state of Nebraska, it's hard, but he is it." fought like a warrior, this year he was not 100% most of the time.
"We're not good enough for him yet, but he played like the guy we're expecting to be down to a few plays."
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One of these games was Martinez & # 39; s interception in the second quarter. Although Frost said it was "in some ways unfortunate," the coach was not particularly critical of the litter. It was not a bad read. It was just that a Wisconsin defender tipped the ball near the scraper line and linebacker Jack Sanborn intercepted it deep in Nebraska's area. Three games later, the Badgers extended the lead to 24-14 and the stadium became quieter.
At the start of the third quarter, when Nebraska tried to rally from 13 to 13, Martinez took a 20-yard sack on first and second place finishers. 10 at Wisconsin 24. It was an absolute no-no. A Buzzkill Deluxe. The ride ended with Barret Pickering missing a 41-yard field goal.
Then the predictable part of the match took over the day. The Badgers drove with nine games and a touchdown of 76 yards – with eight run games on the way. Taylor ran five times for 48 yards during the march, bringing it to 11 yards as the lead rose to 34-14.
Bully to Nebraska to hang around and make the afternoon a little interesting. But when the dust dissolved, it felt incredibly … normal. I assume you will not hear hysteria from Husker fans this week because they have mostly achieved the expected result and generally as they expected.
Yes, there were the silver stripes. But there were also known Bugaboos. Nebraska's special teams were again miserable when Aron Cruickshank (just after NU's first touchdown) returned to the opening with 89 yards to calm the home crowd that was about to explode. That was the list of warts from special teams. I was a little surprised at how patient frost seems to be at this stage of the game.
Nebraska's tackle was bad most of the day. Criticism of the defense, however, is tempered by the absence of injured linemen Darrion Daniels and Carlos Davis. In addition, Safety Cam Taylor-Britt missed the time after a second-quarter injury.
Wan & # 39; Dale Robinson, the offensive's best skill position player, was injured, which explains why Nebraska misses three times in the second half, driving in Wisconsin's 25-yard line and scoring zero points ,
Martinez appeared, head up. That was nice to see. Yes, another silver strip.
"I fended off my tail," he said. "I had some bad games, but I fought for my teammates and I feel like I'm going back to my old self." Overall, I saw enough to believe that Nebraska can win the last two games and qualify for a bowl game.
I also saw a lot of what I expected, and the result was extremely predictable.
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