Even in the wake of a 54 - 7 win over the Maryland Terrapins there is still a lot to be concerned about in regards to whether Scott Frost is the right coach for this program. After the game we learned that Garret Nelson came down with the flu bug. Then Dedrick Mills caught the bug. Then JD Spielman got it from Mills.
Scott Frost’s inability to stop the spread of germs among the players is definitely a concern. It points to gross negligence and therefore his contract should be terminated immediately for cause.
I kid. I kid.
It all appeared to come to a head yesterday in the game against Maryland. All of the mistakes, turnovers, bad bounces, missed tackles and everything else you can think of had brought Nebraska to a 4-6 season leading up to Saturday.
Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Nebraska before yesterday. Then everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Maryland on Saturday. It was like the script was flipped.
That and the fact that Maryland is simply not a good football team. That might be an understatement.
Regardless, we cannot ignore one fact. Nebraska went into the game favored by five points. They won by 47.
That is something. It is not nothing.
It could be a combination of any number of things. Improved play by an offensive line which has had almost an entire season to gain experience and jell. Improved health of Adrian Martinez. Increased confidence from Dedrick Mills. Defense being opportunistic and creating turnovers.
It is the first two which have made all of the difference. The offensive line has made the most improvement of any group on the team. That was shown not only yesterday but also last week against Wisconsin. The same can be said for Adrian Martinez. The mystery of this Martinez season is coming a little bit more clear.
Something may not have been right since the Colorado game.
Things appear to be better now. Martinez still missed some throws and made some poor decisions but the improvement is obvious.
So now Nebraska finds itself with a huge opportunity to make a bowl game. Even if Iowa comes into Lincoln on Black Friday and lays an egg the win against Maryland shows what this program may look like when everything gets going.
If it ever gets there on a consistent basis then watch out.
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The true freshman quarterback, er, wide receiver, honestly didn't know for sure what his role would be right up until kickoff.
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Matt Waldoch was working at Leadbelly, a restaurant that’s known for its unique burgers and other twists on American fare, when he received a text from the president of the University of Nebraska’s soccer club telling him that the football team is looking for someone with experience kicking field goals.
3 Thoughts from Nebraska's 54-7 Demolition at Maryland | Hail Varsity
Nebraska needed that in the worst of ways.
The Huskers (5-6, 3-5 Big Ten) had their largest halftime lead in a conference game (34-0) since 2011 and kept the foot on the gas pedal in the second half, rolling to a 54-7 win over Maryland (3-8, 1-7 Big Ten) on Saturday.
Here are three thoughts from the game.
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Nebraska rolled over Maryland on Saturday, defeating the Terrapins 54-7 at Maryland Stadium. You can catch all the game action by staff photographer Eric Francis.
Nebraska Huskers football: 10 things we learned from NU's road win over Maryland
Nebraska took an important step closer to bowl eligibility with a dominating 54-7 road victory over Maryland on Saturday.
Here are 10 of the most interesting things we learned from the game...
Nebraska Huskers Football: Final takes and grades following NU's win over Maryland
Nobody is going to pretend like Nebraska's win over Maryland on Saturday changed the narrative of this 2019 season.
However, what their 54-7 win did do is set the stage for at least a meaningful Black Friday showdown in Lincoln vs. Iowa.
Nebraska Huskers football: Scott Frost reflects in Nebraska’s 54-7 road win at Maryland
Here is a quick recap of what Nebraska head coach Scott Frost had to say following the Huskers’ 54-7 road victory over Maryland on Saturday...
Nebraska Huskers football: Nebraska dominates Maryland in an impressive road victory
A team that hadn’t been on the right side of the scoreboard for 48 days, Nebraska finally got itself right on Saturday.
For the first time all season, seemingly every bounce went the Huskers way from start to finish in a 54-7 road rout of hapless Maryland.
Report Card: High marks for a strong Nebraska win
Nebraska came to Maryland with one goal in mind and the Huskers achieved it, getting a 54-7 win that wasn’t even as close as the 47-point differential may indicate.
Huskers fight off the flu bug to dominate the day
We can't say with certainty who Patient Zero was, but Garrett had something, and then so did Dedrick, and then so did JD, and then so did this guy over here and that guy over there too.
OK, maybe Garrett Nelson's passion for football isn't the only thing that is infectious.
Nebraska-Maryland football: Terps hit new low with blowout loss - The Washington Post
The Maryland Terrapins and their coach, Michael Locksley, have preached progress all season, hoping even small improvements will serve as a foundation for the future. With a bowl game out of reach, the players headed into Saturday’s home finale against Nebraska clinging to the idea that the desire to honor the team’s seniors would carry them through 60 minutes of inspired play.
Maryland football loses sixth straight game, defeated 54-0 by Nebraska - Testudo Times
The Terps couldn’t muster up anything for the seniors’ final home game.
Adrian Martinez: "Share energy and don't be a wuss."— Andrew Ward (@AndrewWardKLKN) November 24, 2019
Scott Frost's message to the team this week. #Huskers were down a number of players due to sickness and injury.
Also, Martinez saying "One More" when walking off the field. Motivated young man right there. pic.twitter.com/Mvuo3Mo4lV
#Huskers dominate Maryland 54-7. Some superlatives:— Matt Reynoldson (@MattReynKLKN) November 23, 2019
- Most lopsided win of the Scott Frost era
- Largest margin in a road win since 2000 at Texas Tech
- Largest halftime lead since joining the Big Ten
Luke McCaffrey is pretty dang fun to watch run. It doesn't hurt that he's wearing No. 7. It brings back memories. #Huskers— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 23, 2019
JD Spielman had 7 catches for 104 yards and two TDs even though he had an I-V hooked up to him earlier in day. He apparently caught whatever Mills had, according to Frost.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 24, 2019
Tough dudes. Really freaking tough.
Harrison Martin becomes the sixth kicker to attempt a field goal this season for Nebraska.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) November 23, 2019
Scott Frost notes that some of the #Huskers players were so sick “it was coming out of both sides.” Keith Jackson never painted a picture like that.— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) November 23, 2019
If you're a Nebraska fan, you have to appreciate Nebraska's overall effort today. Defenders flying to the ball. Backs running hard. JD doing his thing.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 23, 2019
We all know the Huskers aren't a great team, but they showed up ready to play and continue to show spunk even with a big lead.
Husker locker room at halftime. pic.twitter.com/JnEvkNEEYG— Kelly M sier (@kmosier42) November 23, 2019
Nebraska's kicker is its punter, its backup kicker was on the men's club soccer team to begin the season, and now the third string quarterback is a wide receiver.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) November 23, 2019
Long story short, folks, no really knows what the hell is going on. https://t.co/gHDJ9eBJka
What a great win by @HuskerFBNation today at Maryland. Best part is young guys got some game reps and that will help in future years. Now #beatiowa and Husker Nation would have a #HappyThanksgiving #letsgobowling— Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) November 23, 2019
Ah, this is how Nebraska football used to be. There’s a drunk, 50-something woman down here dressed in Husker gear, paying no attention to the game as she tries to get everyone to dance the Flying Dutchman.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 23, 2019