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Scott Frost Makes Tough Admission About Nebraska After Minnesota Loss

Scott Frost roams the sideline for Nebraska.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches late game action against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

For the second time in three games, Nebraska football got blown out by a Big Ten opponent. Losing 48-7 to what looks like an elite Ohio State team is one thing, but Scott Frost's program was expected to at least be competitive with peer teams like Minnesota, which won 34-7 last Saturday.

The Golden Gophers ran all over the Huskers, to the tune of 322 yards on the ground. Rodney Smith led the way with 139 yards and a score, while Mohamed Ibrahim punched it into the end zone three times, while carrying the ball 15 times for 84 yards.

Nebraska's coaches and players tried not to panic after the loss. Scott Frost said that the team needs to get back to the basics, while tight end Austin Allen thinks the bye week may do the team a lot of good, since the Huskers have basically been together for 2.5 months without a break.

After reviewing the game film, Frost has some interesting takeaways, which are both positive and very negative for the Huskers.

The good: Frost doesn't think the disparity in line play was quite as bad as it looked from the sideline on Saturday. The bad: some guys just flat out didn't show up prepared to play.

From the Omaha World-Herald:

“I think there’s a portion of our team that was ready for that game that played physical and went out and did their job. There’s another portion that weren’t ready to play in that type of game,” Frost said on his weekly radio show. “Certainly wasn’t as bad as it felt on the field, but there’s still a ton of things we need to improve at.”

There were certainly specific hurdles for Nebraska in this game. The most glaring is the absence of star quarterback Adrian Martinez due to injury. Backup Noah Vedral completed 14-of-23 passes for 135 yards, and led the team with 49 yards on the ground.

Luckily, the knee injury he suffered late during a win over Northwestern doesn't sound too serious, and with the bye week, one would think he could get back in time for the Oct. 26 game against Indiana. They've already matched last year's win total, but expectations from fans and many in the national media were much higher entering the year.

Getting to a bowl would be a solid step forward, even if it is less of one than some expected.