While most college football teams are opening their seasons today, Nebraska football already had to shake off a nasty loss. The Huskers played in Week Zero last Saturday, falling in rough fashion at Illinois, in yet another disappointing loss of the Scott Frost era.
The Huskers got a reprieve today, with FCS squad Fordham in town. The level of opponent was certainly lower, but the Huskers seemed to really work through some issues, if only for one Saturday.
Adrian Martinez, who was very up-and-down against Illinois, went 17-for-23 for 254 yards and a touchdown, and scored two on the ground. Markese Stepp led the way for the rushing attack with 101 yards, and the Huskers ran for six total touchdowns.
Fordham looked like they might hang around early on, before the Huskers opened things up. After the game, Frost seemed legitimately relieved. “We needed it,” he said. “We had such a good camp.”
— Andy Kendeigh (@AKendeighKETV) September 4, 2021
Frost said he was most thrilled with the fans being there, his wife and son walking through the tunnel after the game high-fiving fans
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 4, 2021
Frost addressed some early issues for Martinez, but said he settled in and played well. He also said that fans shouldn’t expect perfection from the veteran starting quarterback, which some Husker fans might have some thoughts about.
“A couple little boo boos” early for QB Adrian Martinez, according to coach Scott Frost. But Martinez played well. He won’t be perfect, and people shouldn’t expect that, Frost said.
Martinez finished 17 of 23 for 254 yards and accounted for three scores. pic.twitter.com/JBhWTMlUUg
— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) September 4, 2021
Ultimately, a dominant win against an FCS opponent is something programs like Nebraska football should come to expect, not get crazy about. but with how bad things have been, you can understand the relief.
They have an opportunity to ramp things up a bit next week against a decent MAC opponent, Buffalo, before things get much, much more difficult. The Huskers are at No. 2 Oklahoma on Sept. 18, before diving back into the Big Ten schedule.