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Frost "tired of looking for silver slips" after UW sends Huskers to fourth straight loss | Football
Sometimes a series of a game, a quarter, or even a complete game can stand as a microcosm, where a program stands on a larger scale.
That was the case Saturday afternoon for Nebraska at Memorial Stadium against Wisconsin, ranked 14th in the College Football Playoff rankings and Big Ten West foe, the Huskers spent much of their time chasing the conference.
There were many moments in the Wisconsin win of 37-21
– the seventh straight Nebraska dating program until December 2012 – head coach Scott Frost's team felt right about the game. Maybe even in control.
When hit first and go ahead 7-0. When Adrian Martinez dashed into the end zone to take a 14-10 lead into the second quarter. When the Huskies took the field early in the third quarter, pushing the ball down to the 15-yard UW line with a team ready to break into another score and close to six points from the top 25.
What followed each of those moments were the kind of mistakes teams just can't make in this league if they want to win consistently, especially teams that have key players injured like Nebraska on Saturday at defense liners Darion Daniels and Carlos Davis and wide receiver Wan & # 39; Dale Robinson.
Kinds of mistakes that became all too familiar with Nebraska this season, especially during four losing series that put the Huskers up 4-6 overall, 2-5 in Big Ten play and the edge of postseason elimination with two matches to go on and two wins needed to pick the cup.
"I'm tired of looking for silver finishes," Frost said. "This team has to decide that it will do what it takes to change it, and we had the opportunity today."
After NU took the early lead, earning a profit from UW star running back Jonathan Taylor. her team-mate fell out, a lazy, short kick set up wide-eyed receiver Aron Cruickshank with all sorts of options, and he tore through the middle of the Husker coverage block before bending to the right sideline for 89 yards.
"When you go up seven and have all the momentum and kick a high ball to the (11-yard line) and give up kicking back, you just passed the chance to control the game," Frost says.
NU took the lead in the second quarter after an effective five-play, 73-yard drive that included Martinez completions from 23 yards to tight end Jack Stall and 14 to wide receiver JD Spielman The drive ended with a 2 yard yard run by Martinez, but shortly thereafter the hackers broke up Jack Coan of UW Jack Coyne found AJ Taylor for a nice profit that fell apart 55 yards out when JoJo Domann's puck and defensive backs Dicaprio Bootle and Marquel Dismuke failed to get him down.
That kicked off a 24-0 Spring for the Badgers over 16:49 of play time in the second and third quarters which irreversibly
As the NU rushed to the field quickly to start the third quarter – his defense forced three inside and out to start a shot when the buzzer came back into the stadium – the defender dropped out. Martinez, who fights valiantly – "Adrian plays like Adrian we know," Frost said – made one of his only critical mistakes in the game by failing to throw the ball or escape from the grasp of senior UW outside Laurel Zach Baun and take 20 yard shot, resulting in seconds and 30.
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"I wanted you to throw the ball," said Martinez, who finished 13 of 23 for 220 yards, had an interception, rushed for 89 net yards and recorded two touchdowns. "I was aiming for it and I just have to be better. Whether it would be throwing the ball early or finding a way to make it happen.
Two plays later, sophomore Barrett Picking missed a 41-yard field goal. What could have been six or four points instead swelled to 20 when UW marched 76 yards in nine games – eight of them rushed – and Taylor broke home an 11-yard pass for a 34-14 lead with 3: 19 remains in the third quarter.
Much of what went wrong about Nebraska is what went wrong over the course of a disappointing second season under Frost. Missed references. Three drives for the second half in UW's 25-yard line that came up empty. Missed field goal and two unsuccessful fourth downs. The Special Teams department made a big mistake with the result of kickbacks and minor flaws, including a pinty pint day and an unwanted throwback to the opening game, which costs NU 11 yards right off the bat.
"This game, it felt like if you watched the game, if you were in the game, you felt like, 'We can win this game,'" said senior backpacker Mohamed Barry. "I felt it all the time. This is what I thought would happen. We have to win all three phases. We have to play critical games in all three phases, and we can't let them beat us in all three phases, and that's the biggest thing.
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"They made mistakes, we made mistakes. We just have to figure out a way to win at critical times. "
For its part, much of what went right is what Frost thinks of the long-term plan that came to mind today, thanks to a morning announcement that NU has added two years to its contract extending his son's $ 5 million-a-year deal through the 2026 season.
Martinez shows signs of his high potential, helping the Huskers 493 yards (8.2 per game) against one of the strongest defenses in the country, despite the dwindling positioning skills group that was without Robinson that day. Nebraska ran for 273 yards against UW defense, which allowed only 84.4 per game. Junior Dedrick Mills has amassed a career-best 188 tackles in 17 touchdowns thanks to hard work but also impressive work from a often malignant offensive line. It's hard to look at the allowed 320 yards and make progress, but it was far better than NU did against the Badgers in recent years, and Taylor's longest run of the day was only 19 yards.
"We have to continue to bring more talent into this program so that we get into full-blown shootings and have some really good bullets on this team," Frost said. "We have some really good pieces, some really good weapons, but we need more. When you get into missing boys, it's even harder, so I'm proud of our guys for how they fought. A huge, vast majority of this team came out and fought. We need something more. "
The competition between the heads shows the difference in the West between NU and the likes of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He remains important in terms of overall talent and depth, in level of performance and, using the term Frost, has had several times in recent weeks, in "conviction."
However, he remains adamant that better days are to come. Some maybe soon (this is not like a team planning to win in the next two weeks) and many more later.
"I think everyone, including myself, hoped this year would turn around and it looks like we are miles away and at the same time we are so close," Frost said. "A few more songs, a few more plays and this whole thing looks different. This won't happen until we have a team ready to do it and we try to get them there every day. ”