Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost stands at the podium and answers questions from the press
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Half of Illinois Game Plan ‘Out the Window,’ per Frost, as Huskers Reflect on Loss

August 30, 2021

Nebraska returned to practice Monday following the Huskers’ 30-22 season-opening loss to Illinois on the road. Coach Scott Frost has since watched the film from the loss, which he said was “pretty much what we thought” from when he spoke about it post-game.

While Frost maintained that his team’s effort was good against Illinois, he also said that the Huskers needed do some things better and that “we had a few catastrophic plays that changed the whole game.” Frost gave the Illini credit for what they were able to do, adding that they didn’t play what was expected.

“We watched a lot of tape on them, tried to give them our best guess to what they were going to do,” Frost said on Monday. “They played an entire spring game in odd and came out in even, wide 9s and 5s and we just hadn’t had many reps at that so that had a little bit to do with it. But hey, we’ve got to be better, we’ve got to establish run, we’ve got to get ahead in the game so we can commit to the run. When you get behind in a game, your’e forced to do a few more things. A lot of factors that led to that.”

As a result, Frost said Nebraska had to throw out about half its offensive game plan because of Illinois’ even defensive front.

“About half of our game plan was kind of out the window when they came up and lined up the way they did so we really had to scramble and had to go to an alternative plan and had to adjust,” he confirmed. “Did some good things but not enough of them.”

As for who called the plays, Frost confirmed it was him. He collaborates with offensive coordinator Matt Lubick, but the play calling ultimately falls on Frost.

In the end, Frost felt Nebraska had every opportunity to be in control of the game before halftime but that errors created a deficit for the Huskers. That ultimately changed how both teams played, but Frost hopes fans remain excited for the home opener despite the 0-1 start.

“I hope nobody lost excitement after Saturday,” Frost said. “This team has a chance to be really good. If there’s still some tickets out there, buy them up and come watch this team.”

More news and notes:

>> Nebraska planned to get freshman wide receiver Zavier Betts more involved against Illinois. It didn’t pan out, but the plan remains to get him more involved going forward in the season.

>> Asked about Caleb Tannor and the hit that earned two flags in the second quarter, Frost said that was something Tannor needed to be smarter about.

“All I saw during the game was the bang bang play of him hitting the quarterback right as he threw it,” Frost said, saying that he needed to not drill him into the turf. Frost assumed that is what the officials called.

>> Punter Daniel Cerni had a rough go of it against Illinois, which surprised Frost. The head coach expected Cerni to play a lot better than he did, but said it might have been related to nerves. He added that both punters—Cerni and William Przystup—have “been doing exceptionally well in practice.”

>> Defensive lineman Casey Rogers and tight end Travis Vokolek were out against Illinois due to undisclosed injuries, but Frost expects both back soon.

“They’re getting close,” he said.

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