There were plenty of rough moments to point out from the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ season opener against the Illinois Fighting Illini, but none worse than Cam Taylor-Britt’s special teams blunder in the first quarter.
Taylor-Britt slipped when trying to turn upfield on a punt return. While trying to regain his balance, his knee touched down on his own goal line, resulting in a safety that gave Illinois an early 2-0 advantage.
Nebraska also had some issues with its kicking game, as Connor Culp missed a pair of extra point attempts.
Fortunately for the Cornhuskers, it sounds like their special teams unit has drastically improved since Week 0. At least that’s what Nebraska head coach Scott Frost told reporters on Thursday.
Frost said special teams were “vastly improved” this week. That’s a great sign for a team that really struggled with that phase against Illinois.
Nothing major out of Scott Frost's availability this morning. Said special teams were "vastly improved" this week. After 18 straight against Big Ten teams, #Huskers looking to get game reps for younger players this weekend against Fordham.
— Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) September 2, 2021
On Saturday afternoon, Nebraska will host Fordham in its home opener. The Cornhuskers should take care of business against the Rams, but we’ve seen crazier things happen.
As of now, ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Nebraska a 99.2-percent chance of defeating Fordham. If all goes well, the Cornhuskers can allow some of their younger players to get reps this weekend.
Kickoff for the Fordham-Nebraska game is at 12 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.