With Frost eye­ing first win, Huskers head to North­west­ern

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By An­drew Selig­man

As a EVANSTON, coach lead­ing his alma mater, North­west­ern’s Pat Fitzger­ald can imag­ine what this sea­son has been like for Ne­braska’s Scott Frost.

“There’s just some­thing a lit­tle bit more when you’re at your alma mater,” he said. “It just means more. It means more when you win. It hurts more when you don’t win.”

A win against North­west­ern sure would be mean­ing­ful, con­sid­er­ing the Corn­huskers come into their game Satur­day still seek­ing their first vic­tory un­der Frost.

The quar­ter­back who grew up in the state and led Ne­braska (0­5, 0­3 Big Ten) to a share of the na­tional cham­pi­onship in 1997 re­turned home af­ter or­ches­trat­ing a turn­around in two sea­sons at Cen­tral Flor­ida. The Knights went from 0­12 the year be­fore he ar­rived to 13­0 in 2017.

Frost’s re­turn to Ne­braska was widely hailed in a state pas­sion­ate about its sto­ried pro­gram. But the once­proud Corn­huskers have dropped nine straight games for the first time in their 129­year his­tory.

“There’s no ques­tion, we got bet­ter (last) week,” Frost said. “I think the at­ti­tude got bet­ter, the prac­tice got bet­ter and the per­for­mance was bet­ter.”

But the out­come against Wis­con­sin last week was all too fa­mil­iar.

The Corn­huskers got run over by Jonathan Tay­lor for 221 yards and three scores in a 41­24 loss. Ne­braska ranks among the worst in the na­tion on de­fense with in­jured nose tackle Mick Stoltenberg miss­ing and a banged up group of lineback­ers. The Corn­huskers are com­mit­ting more penal­ties per game (10.4) than all but one team — Kent State — and have al­lowed op­po­nents to con­vert 41 per­cent of their third downs.

North­west­ern lost three straight games be­fore a 2919 vic­tory at No. 20 Michi­gan State last week.

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