Scott Frost going undefeated in his second year at University of Central Florida might have been the worst thing for the Nebraska fan base.
It has possibly skewed the expectations about how long it may take to get the program humming again.
Are we two years away? Five? Maybe eight years away from getting things turned around? That appears to be the discussion among fans as we can all agree on one thing. We are not there now.
While Nebraska was out-classed in every facet, I do not believe that Nebraska is as far behind Ohio State as the 38-0 first half score indicated. They are behind, don’t get me wrong but the gap is not as wide as that score indicates.
In order the win the game, Nebraska had to play almost mistake-free football and get some breaks. Instead, Nebraska turned the ball over three times in the first half and the snow ball starting rolling down the hill and Nebraska couldn’t stop it.
Turnovers are the great equalizer. When the undermanned team is the one turning the ball over then a blowout should be expected. At this point the talent and execution is not to the point that Nebraska can overcome the turnovers against a team like Ohio State. We have seen that Nebraska can overcome turnovers against teams like Illinois.
The gap can be bridged, but it remains to be seen how long it may take.
The Morning After
Steven M. Sipple: A Big Ten monster spoils Big Red party, but Huskers can't let it ruin season | Football | journalstar.com
Ten hours before kickoff Saturday, Nebraska football coach Scott Frost seemed loose. He smiled during his appearance on ESPN's "College GameDay." He seemed at ease.
But he also said something that gave me pause as he discussed quarterback Adrian Martinez.
Just a Single Takeaway from Nebraska's 48-7 Loss to Ohio State | Hail Varsity
Normally, this story gets published with three takeaways from the game that was. We’re changing it this week.
Because in Nebraska’s 48-7 loss to No. 5 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), there’s only really one take that matters.
Huskers see Buckeyes where they want to be - 24/7 Nebraska
Sometimes the defeat is so severe, the difference between the teams so stark, the losing side must come to grips and simply say it about the other guys: That is what we want to look like. Or at least sit where they sit.
Report Card: Ugly loss, ugly marks - 24/7 Nebraska
An ugly night unfolded in the confines of Memorial Stadium as the Huskers struggled against a very good and very game Ohio State team.
Here's the grades for Nebraska.
Notable quotes from after Nebraska and Ohio State- 24/7 Nebraska
Nebraska football suffered a disappointing 48-7 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night in Lincoln, and after the game, head coach Scott Frost and Nebraska's four captains met with media to discuss the loss.
Ohio State vs. Nebraska score: No. 5 Buckeyes thoroughly dominate Huskers in first big road test - CBSSports.com
The Buckeyes went on the road to Lincoln and thoroughly dominated the Huskers
Stock Market Report: Ohio State sends a message in Lincoln - Land-Grant Holy Land
After a 4-0 start to the season, many ‘analysts’ wondered from their couches if Ohio State is actually legit, or if the level of competition has just been subpar. With College Gameday in attendance, Nebraska was expected to be the first true test for the Buckeyes in the 2019 season. If that was what a test looks like, then Ohio State passed with flying colors, as the good guys went into Lincoln and dismantled the Cornhuskers 48-7 in a hostile environment.
Ohio State has completed 38 offensive possessions against Nebraska the past four years.— Dirk Chatelain (@dirkchatelain) September 29, 2019
They're scored 202 points (5.3 per drive). They've punted -- you ready for this? -- four times.
Frost said he won’t criticize players, especially as it relates to WRs getting open. (It’s a good and fair question.) #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 29, 2019
Adrian Martinez says Nebraska’s lack of execution is on him. #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 29, 2019
Wide open. Missed him by a long ways. Just a horrendous game from Adrian Martinez.— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) September 29, 2019
#Huskers have dropped from 12th to 69th in average yards per rush allowed since Big Ten play started. The number has gone from 2.18 to 4.09 the last two weeks. Still almost a full yard better than last year, but that needs to turn course.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) September 29, 2019
I didn't have Nebraska winning this game. I didn't have Nebraska covering. But I really didn't expect *this* outcome.— Erin Sorensen (@erinsorensen) September 29, 2019
And yet, here we are.
Minus the kneel-down drive at the end of the Illinois game, the #Huskers have had 21 straight drives start at their own 25 or worse.— Brandon Vogel (@brandonlvogel) September 29, 2019
Not really the issue in this one, but still.
Adrian struggling. Hard to understand. Threw that one 10 feet over receiver's head. Heard some grumbling.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) September 29, 2019
It's about winning the next half. Not quitting. Showing effort. Being smart. Realists know where this program is and how far it has to go. It's got a long ways to go.— John M. Bishop (@JohnBishop71) September 29, 2019
Outside of Tonight What Frost has done to a downtrodden program in less than 24 months is amazing— Coach Bryan Wilson (@FrshYelGrizzly) September 29, 2019
He connected the school admin athletic admin and football department
Our admin before Frost arrival was rotten to the core
He helped get all the higher up on the same page
Let's sum up Nebraska's night... pic.twitter.com/SOLVMjUIY5— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 29, 2019
What if I told you this was the scene inside Memorial Stadium tonight going into the fourth quarter and the opposing team was up 48-7? It was. Nebraska fans are some of the most loyal people you will ever meet. #Huskers pic.twitter.com/JFZExc8Yhp— Tyler Wells (@IAmTylerWells) September 29, 2019