Nebraska's Scott Frost: I'd Change Decision to Onside Up 11 in Loss to Northwestern

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 27, 2022

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers were up 28-17 in the third quarter against Northwestern, fresh off scoring touchdowns on consecutive drives, when head coach Scott Frost pulled the trigger on an onside kick.

It didn't work, and it changed the entirety of the game. Northwestern scored on the ensuing drive, given their strong field position to start, and rode that momentum to a 31-28 comeback win.

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Nebraska attempts the onside kick but Northwestern comes up with it <a href="https://t.co/XRVWZ8owok">pic.twitter.com/XRVWZ8owok</a>

After the game, Frost said he regretted the decision.

"If I did it over, I wouldn't make the call," he told reporters.

"Anytime something doesn't work, you want it back. We've been talking to the kids about being aggressive and attacking things." he continued. "I made that call, so it's on me. I thought all the momentum was on our side, so I thought we could end the game."

It certainly wasn't a popular decision on social media:

Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith

Nebraska under Scott Frost has an amazing ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Prior to the onside kick, it looked like Nebraska was going to win this thing going away. Now Northwestern has a fourth quarter lead.

Tom Withers @twithersAP

Nebraska coach Scott Frost has some 'splainin to do. Just an atrocious decision to try the onside kick. Northwestern got back the momentum and never gave it up.<br>Nice win for the fighting Fitzies in Ireland.

Adam Kramer @KegsnEggs

So we're doing whirlybird onside kicks and punting on 4th and 1 at midfield. Got it.

Barrett Sallee @BarrettSallee

Onside kick because the Nebraska coaches are drinking the free beer just like the fans are.

Coley Harvey @ColeyHarvey

That onside kick was a tremendous game-changer. Totally gave Northwestern the momentum and something extra to play for, while stalling what Nebraska had going.

It was the sort of decision that will call Frost's tenure at Nebraska into even more question. Since taking over as head coach in 2018, the Huskers have gone just 15-30.

And many of those losses have been close heartbreakers, the sort of contests a proud program like Nebraska expects to win.

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Nebraska falls to Northwestern 31-28. The Cornhuskers are the first Power 5 team to lose 9 consecutive 1-score games since Iowa State did so from 2014-16. <br><br>Since hiring Scott Frost in 2018, the Huskers are 5-21 in 1-score games. That's the worst record in FBS over that span. <a href="https://t.co/FjQzALh6EC">pic.twitter.com/FjQzALh6EC</a>

That, not surprisingly, reignited the talk that Frost may be planted firmly on the hot seat. The 47-year-old, who won a national championship with the Huskers as the team's quarterback in 1997, was a hot coaching commodity after leading UCF to a 13-0 record in 2017, just his second season on the job.

But it hasn't been smooth sailing in Lincoln, and Frost knows the expectation is results.

"You've got to win in this business to keep your job," he told reporters. "That's the way it is."

Mitch Sherman @mitchsherman

Scott Frost, asked to close the press conference if he would consider stepping down at any point: "No. I love Nebraska. I’m going to fight with the guys as long as I can fight." <a href="https://t.co/JwWMWiFmOU">pic.twitter.com/JwWMWiFmOU</a>

The circumstances of Saturday's loss were somewhat unique, as the contest was played in Ireland at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

But Nebraska appeared to have Northwestern on the ropes and punched themselves instead with the decision to go for an onside kick and a few untimely turnovers in the fourth quarter.

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PICKED OFF!!! 🤯<a href="https://twitter.com/NUFBFamily?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NUFBFamily</a> takes it back! <a href="https://t.co/n1GeeSc1cx">pic.twitter.com/n1GeeSc1cx</a>

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INTERCEPTED 🔒<br><br>The <a href="https://twitter.com/NUFBFamily?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NUFBFamily</a> defense comes up with the HUGE play! <a href="https://t.co/9hZOFooZtt">pic.twitter.com/9hZOFooZtt</a>

It was a letdown that has become all too familiar under Frost, and if he doesn't find a solution soon, his time leading the Huskers may come to a close.


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