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Two Mornings After: The Iowa Game Like the 2021 Football Season - Was A Death By “Paper Cuts”

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If you wanted to explain to someone how the 2021 Nebraska football season went, all you would have to do is have them watch the Iowa game.

It’s a fair statement to say that Nebraska is the best three win team of all-time. Though that is one of those statements that you don’t really want attributed to your football program.

In yesterday’s loss, it took a punt block returned for a touchdown and a safety for Nebraska to figure out a way to lose.

Before that all happened, it looked like Nebraska’s back-up quarterback, Logan Smothers, was going to be a headache for Iowa’s defense. Scott Frost’s playcalling in the first half was great as Nebraska went into halftime with a 14-6 lead. It finished the fourth quarter up 21-9.

The worst part of that 21-9 lead was that Nebraska’s defense dropped three interceptions. The next play after each dropped interception resulted in a field goal. I said it at the time that this is how Nebraska is going to find a way to lose. Add that with the above noted mistakes is also how you lose a game that Nebraska absolutely should have won.

Again it is a perfect example of Scott Frost’s 2021 season.

It has to be said that it does mean something that these kids kept on showing up every single week. Most teams would have given up on the season halfway through. These seniors (and some juniors) would have quit but they didn’t.

That is a credit to Frost and this staff. It’s a credit to those players.

It still isn’t good enough and Scott Frost knows that. He now has a long off-season to make the right hires to get things fixed.

It goes back to special teams and an inability to close out games on offense.

As Frost said after the game, the Iowa loss was a death by “paper cuts.” Isn’t that the truth. The same could be said for the entire 2021 season.


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