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Instant Reaction: Nebraska vs Oklahoma - Problems In The Red Zone

The problem was not scoring in the red zone.

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It was a damned good game.

On the one hand, Nebraska made a fair amount of mistakes. Lots of penalties, although we overcame them most of the time.

Obviously, Connor Culp missed some field goals and the special teams kicked was a mess.

Connor Culp wasn’t the issue. Missing field goals wasn’t the issue. Those are merely symptoms.

The PROBLEM was not scoring in the red zone. Nebraska does well when moving the ball down the field. Inside the 20, not so much.

Nebraska was 2-4 while Oklahoma was 3-3. That’s where the game was lost.

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