The defense played well enough for Nebraska to break Iowa’s five game winning streak against the Huskers. The offense and special teams did not.
The dropped punt and continued offensive line issues insured that Iowa would walk away with a win.
Not every game is a referendum on Scott Frost and this Nebraska football program. What has become abundantly clear, however, is that in year three of Scott Frost’s tenure there have been obvious steps forward. Unfortunately, for several reasons there has also been steps back in certain areas.
This wasn’t something we learned in the 26-20 loss to Iowa. This was something we already knew. At least for this season Nebraska is a team that can play and beat almost every team on the schedule (except Ohio State). However, it is not a team that can overcome mistakes at this point.
Especially mistakes like Cam Taylor-Britt’s dropped punt or Cam Jurgens’ faulty snaps. Yet, with those lethal mistakes Nebraska was right there at the end to win the game.
It is a results driven business. So all of the progress that we can see does not mean a thing until they start finishing off games. This program needs wins and they have been right there for the taking.
While the sun has set on another Nebraska-Iowa game, the sun will come back up and at some point the results are going to be different. It won’t be this year. Those wins are coming though for many it has not come soon enough.
Coach Frost believes it is coming. I believe that as well. One thing for sure is I would not bet against Scott Frost to get this figured out. He knows there are doubters. There have been doubters before and he proved them wrong then. I can’t wait until we see him prove his doubters wrong again.
Until that time comes there has to be constant self evaluation by this coaching staff. What is happening is not good enough. They know it. We know it.
It is not hypocritical to criticize this coaching staff and at the same time believe that good times are coming.
Hopefully they come sooner than later.
The Morning After
'Woulda-coulda-shoulda' costs Huskers in another one-score loss to Iowa on Black Friday | Football | journalstar.com
Scott Frost is 45 years old, but he felt older than that on Friday afternoon.
It is not the first time he’s felt and looked and sounded as if the three years (minus one week) since he arrived in Lincoln spry and excited and fresh off a magical 2017 season at Central Florida have taken a toll on him akin to dog years or a presidential term.
Huskers lose sixth straight to Iowa to fall to 1-4 this season | Football | omaha.com
This time an Iowa kicker missed in the clutch. But Nebraska fumbled away its final opportunity and still lost another game to the Hawkeyes in painful, what-if fashion.
Steven M. Sipple: Frost's resolve evident, as is his pain; NU fans definitely can relate to latter | Football | journalstar.com
The ongoing discussion about the state of the Nebraska football program largely comes down to trust.
It comes down to whether or not Husker fans trust head coach Scott Frost to pull the program out of its tailspin. You'll get a variety of opinions in that regard, although there are surely plenty of doubters at this point.
Fast Takes after Huskers lose another tight one against Hawkeyes
This won't make the leftovers taste better, even if the effort this week from Nebraska resembled what needs to be on display every time the Huskers step on the field.
Three thoughts on Nebraska's defense in tough loss to Iowa
Nebraska’s defense pulled it back together on Friday against Iowa, but it wasn’t enough for the Huskers in a 26-20 loss.
A few more thoughts on Nebraska’s defense
Three thoughts on Nebraska's offense in Black Friday loss
Nebraska’s offense was once again problematic in a 26-20 loss to Iowa on Black Friday. The Huskers rotated quarterbacks, rotated running backs, found a little success outside the quarterback run game, but largely looked out of answers when needing to drive late in the game.
What stood out on another slow offensive day for Nebraska.
Game Balls: Who stood out against Iowa?
Nebraska battled with Iowa on Friday, but couldn't pull off the come-from-behind win, after a late fumble and the team failed to score on any of its final three drives of the second half of the 26-20 loss.
Still, several played well and we wanted to highlight a few of the top performers. No game balls are actually in the mail – especially when no one is in the mood to receive them after a tough loss.
Nebraska Drops Sixth Consecutive Game in the Series with 26-20 Loss to Iowa | Hail Varsity - Nebraska Football, Recruiting, News
Nebraska took a second-half lead over Iowa Saturday for the first time in a game between the two cross-state rivals since 2014. The Huskers had momentum.
With a touchdown drive led by junior quarterback Adrian Martinez that tied things at 13-all with 29 seconds to play in the second quarter and the ball coming back its way to begin the third, Nebraska had a rare opportunity to get one of those double-dip opportunities in the middle-eight portion of the game. Iowa took the ball to start.
Iowa 26, Nebraska 20: Stay Frosty - Black Heart Gold Pants
Your Iowa Hawkeyes overcame a bit of a rocky first half to stuff Nebraska’s turkey en route to a 26-20 win, Iowa’s sixth in a row over the Huskers on Black Friday.
You guys can all get drama’d up about this— CornNation (@CornNation) November 27, 2020
I’d urge you not to
nobody’s getting fired this year
and it’s not really worth it unless you just enjoy getting angry
which, can be fun, but a lot of wasted energy
Nebraska falls for the sixth consecutive time against Iowa, 26-20 at Kinnick Stadium. The Huskers failed to score on their final four possessions and could not capitalize on a solid defensive performance.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) November 27, 2020
Nebraska is 1-4. Scott Frost is 10-19 in Lincoln.
Iowa has a strong D-line. It flexed at the right time.— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 27, 2020
Nebraska couldn't overcome key penalties and special-teams issues.
Iowa prevails, 26-20, for its sixth straight win in the series.
Frost stared at the scoreboard after Martinez's fumble, clearly frustrated.
Just a play here and a play there. Man. This game came down to a missed punt return & a missed block. Played 100x better than last week— Nick Gregath (@Husker_Nick) November 27, 2020
Nebraska showed up to play, played hard, but simply just can't do the little things or even the big things.— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) November 27, 2020
Same story the last three times. Had em. Had em. Had em.— Connor Happer (@ConnorHapper) November 27, 2020
Frost said there was clapping going on from Iowa's sideline. Jurgens heard that clapping, which Frost connected to some of the snap issues in first half. Talked to officials about it and clapping stopped in the second half.— Brian Christopherson (@Husker247BC) November 27, 2020
Scott Frost tells reporters he's been doubted in this state before, and knows there are people probably doubting him now. He says, "I know what happened last time (there were doubters), and it'll happen again."— Steven M. Sipple (@HuskerExtraSip) November 27, 2020
Getting discipline in the program -- high-level discipline in all phases -- is “making me old," Frost says. Part of the process, he says.— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) November 27, 2020
It means a team that isn't good needs as many games as it can to try to get better.— Mike Schaefer (@mikejschaefer) November 27, 2020
Which isn't either arguable or controversial. https://t.co/k0TLoAHBLG
Still can’t understand these random attacks on Nebraska.— Sports Law Lust (@SportsLawLust) November 27, 2020
Why does their record matter?
Why do people feel the need to point that out?
Who else had the courage to sue the Big Ten?
They should get credit for bringing the season back — because THEY DID. End of story. https://t.co/zFGQ8fU3tC