The beginning of the Scott Frost era… did not get off to the start Big Red was expecting. Luckily for Nebraska, there was still plenty of football left in Lincoln to get things back on track.
The Cornhuskers fumbled on their first two drives of the season but rebounded to lead 21-17 at the break as they renewed their historic rivalry with Colorado on an electric Saturday afternoon.
The Buffs wasted no time welcoming Frost to the big leagues, taking over after the initial turnover by marching right down the field in just eight plays and 86 yards before QB Steven Montez found Jay MacIntyre in the end zone for a score. They punched it in again on fourth down after the ensuing fumble to quickly go up to scores and briefly stun the crowd on the road.
After settling down, the Huskers struck back however by running off 21 in a row. True freshman Adrian Martinez showed why he was the correct choice at quarterback by scampering 41 yards around the edge off an option play — somersaulting into the end zone for the very first score of the year after weather resulted in cancelling the program’s opener last week.
The signal-caller finished with 172 total yards and escaped pressure on his next drive to set up another score too, with Devine Ozigbo later sending the crowd into a frenzy after crossing the goal line from eight yards out to tie things up. All told, the Nebraska offense looked night-and-day better than has the last few years and had 329 yards through the first two quarters.
Even more encouraging to the fans at home? The Blackshirt defense picked things up too and responded with three sacks in the half after not doing much on that side of the ball last year.
This rivalry game is shaping up to have a good finish as both sides appear fully into this one after an eight year break in the series.