What we learned from Nebraska football's 36-31 loss to Ohio State

The Nebraska football team played better than we probably hoped but, there was room to play better.

The Nebraska football team made a valiant effort against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon. It simply wasn't enough as they lost to the Bucks 36-31. Check out what we learned from the loss.


The Huskers have turned a corner

Yes, they are 2-7. They also came into Saturday as 18 point dogs. They even led 21-16 at the half against a team that hasn't punted - at all - in their last two matchups. There has been a lot of talk about the Huskers being better in the last two weeks, this proved it.


Scott Frost is a gambler, and that's not always a good thing

Yes, I like a head coach to be able to make a tough call every now and then. That doesn't mean they have to be bad calls. Frost made two big gambles on Saturday and neither worked out. One was starting the game with an onsides kick. The botched kick ended up not hurting. It could have been a dagger in the heart. The Huskers had just stunned Buckeye faithul by driving right down the field and taking a 7-0 lead. That's no small feat. It was the first time Ohio State had allowed that all year.


Even when Adrian Martinez isn't his sharpest, he's dangerous

Adrian Martinez had a weird game. He went 22 of 33 for 266 yds and a TD. He also ran for 72 yds and two TDs. Still, his accuracy was a bit off. So was his decision making, especially on a pass behind the line of scrimmage in Ohio State's red zone. That turned into a fumble. Had Nebraska even gotten a field goal there, the end of the game might have been quite a bit different. All of this is to say he didn't play his best game of the year, and he still put up 338 yards and had three touchdowns.


The Huskers didn't play all that well and still won

A botched onside kick gave Ohio State the ball on the Huskers 30 - that they somehow didn't cover. That pass from Adrian, a blocked punt, dropped passes, horrid tackling; all of these things would have led to a 40 point loss last year, maybe even four weeks ago. The team only lost this game because they didn't play all that well. That's not the first time that's happened. This team feels like it's just about to start getting those bounces.


Special teams is still an incredible mess.

We already mentioned the blocked punt and the botched onside. There was also continued problems blocking anyone on punt and kick returns. Special teams has been really bad, all season long. And not just bad, but abnormally bad. It might honestly be time to start looking at a change of duties in the coaching staff. Let someone else handle that unit for a while.

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