The Nebraska Cornhuskers fell in devastating fashion yet again on Saturday night in East Lansing. A late fourth quarter punt return by Michigan State and an overtime interception from Adrian Martinez resulted in the third loss this season for Scott Frost’s program.
All three of Nebraska’s losses have come by a single score, but Saturday’s was by far the most heartbreaking. The Huskers hung around with the No. 20 Spartans for most of the evening but were undone by a series of late mistakes.
Leading 20-13 with just under four minutes to play, Nebraska lined up to punt the ball away. Frost revealed that the plan was to kick the ball to the right side of the field, but punter Daniel Cerni booted the kick to the left. Michigan State’s Jalen Nailor drew the attention of the Huskers’ special teams unit on the right, while Jayden Reed actually caught the ball and dashed up the left side for a 62-yard return touchdown. That play was enough to get the Spartans into overtime where they sent Nebraska packing.
Frost was understandably upset after the frustrating loss and explained what went wrong on the punt play. He said that he needed his guys to do their job throughout the full game, but that a few lapses led to the final result.
“I’m sick of it, they’re sick of it,” Frost said of losing in such frustrating fashion, per Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald.
Frost: “I’m sick of it, they’re sick of it.” Said he needs guys to do their job.
Punt went to the wrong side. Supposed to go right, it went left.
— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) September 26, 2021
The Cornhuskers fell to 2-3 on the year with the loss and Frost dropped fell to 14-23 at the helm in Lincoln. He’s widely been regarded to be on the hot seat throughout the early part of the season and another frustrating loss will only increase the calls for change within the program.
Nebraska has a strong chance to bounce back next week at home against Northwestern, but only if Frost and the Huskers players can erase the memory of this weekend’s loss.