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After a 45-42 debacle in Lincoln Saturday Night against Georgia Southern, Nebraska decided to terminate its relationship with head coach Scott Frost. 

A statement Sunday afternoon was issue by Vice Chancellor of Athletics Trev Alberts  after announcing the termination, "Earlier today I met with Coach Frost and informed him we were making a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately. Scott has poured his heart and soul into the Nebraska Football program both as a quarterback and head coach, and I appreciate his work and dedication."

Let's look at the games and moments that led to the demise of Frost. 


2018 vs. Troy

Troy Athletics

Troy Athletics

It's incredibly difficult to pin blame on a coach who is in their first season for deficiencies and woes. You have to realize the reason your new coach is here, is because the prior regime was inept. 

The 2017 Cornhuskers ended their campaign giving up 54 points to Minnesota and 56 points to both Penn State and Iowa, finishing with their worst record since 1961 at 4-8. 

Frost was just coming off of his (Colley Matrix) national championship and several coach of the year honors, looking to restore the pride in Nebraska. What Frost underestimated was the lack of talent that Mike Riley left on the roster. The Cornhuskers celebrated on Signing Days getting three Top 30 classes under Riley, but the bust rate was really high. 

All this lead to the recipe of disaster in the Huskers second game of the 2018 season against Sun Belt's Troy. 

Nebraska would open the first game of the season against former perennial rival Colorado and lose to them 33-28 to open the Frost era. Hope was the Huskers would rebound, but the problem was costly turnovers. When quarterback Andrew Bunch threw an interception with 2:26 to go in the game, it was the nail in the coffin. That 24-19 defeat started the initial shock that never really wore off.

It was the first time the Huskers would start a season 0-2 since 1957 and something the Huskers would repeat in the Frost era.


2019 vs. Colorado

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Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Nebraska has a set of traditional rivals from their days in the Big 8/Big XII. Colorado for a generation of Husker fans was the game to settle for the Big 8 Championship in the days of Bill McCartney versus Tom Osborne. 

After losing to the Buffaloes 33-28 at home the previous season, the Huskers were looking to avenge the defeat. 

Nebraska entered the Week 2 matchup ranked No. 25 in the country, had just signed a Top 25 recruiting class and had won five of their previous seven games after starting their 2018 campaign 0-6. 

The Huskers looked like a Top 25 team and really had momentum entering the second half up 17-0 against Colorado. However, the levee broke early in the fourth quarter, the Huskers were up 17-7 and had the Buffaloes pinned on their own four yard line. 

It looked like a classic moment when the Blackshirt would break the back of the Buffaloes. Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez located wide receiver K.D. Nixon for a 96-yard touchdown to close the gap to 17-14. 

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That play broke the Huskers, and the Buffaloes would rally back and win in overtime 34-31. 


2019 vs. Purdue

Nikos Frazier - Journal & Courier 

Nikos Frazier - Journal & Courier 

The Cornhuskers were still in the hunt for bowl eligibility in the 2019 season. 

They dropped a heartbreaker the previous week to Indiana 38-31 to drop their season record to 4-4 and were looking to rebound against a wounded Purdue Boilermakers team on the road.

The Boilermakers were onto their third-string quarterback in Aidan O'Connell. First-string quarterback Elijah Sinedelar broke his collarbone earlier in the season, and during the game second string quarterback Jack Plummer suffered a season ending right ankle injury during the game. 

The Huskers had a 27-24 lead with 1:08 to game, Boilermaker wide receiver David Bell scored the deciding score to put Purdue up 31-27. The game ratcheted the heat up on Frost, it would be one of many one possession choke jobs but secondly Purdue was a wounded team and Frost couldn't put them away. 


2020 vs. Illinois

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If the aforementioned losses were two- or three-alarm debacles, the 2020 loss to the Illini was a five-alarm fire. The 2020 Illinois football team was, quite simply, atrocious. 

Lovie Smith up to that point had a .225 winning percentage in Big Ten games, and most of those wins were games against Rutgers. The Fighting Illini entered the game ranked 116th in offense and averaging a paltry 17 points per game. They didn't even know who was going to start between Brandon Peters and Isaiah Williams right up until gametime. The former Michigan signal-caller Peters ended up getting the nod. 

Nebraska even boasted it had two defensive game plans for the Illini and Nebraska was 16.5 point favorites: 

Peters didn't exactly light up the Huskers defense, but nonetheless he was efficient, going 18 for 25 passing for 205 yards and a touchdown. 

It was the poor play of the Huskers offense that did them in. Five Nebraska turnovers gave the Illini ample opportunity. The Blackshirt defense gave up 41 points, 11 third down conversions (on 17 attempts), 25 first downs, nearly 500 yards of total offense and the Illini possessed the ball for nearly 37 minutes. 

The 41-23 loss was the beginning of the serious movement to fire Scott Frost. 


2022 vs. Northwestern

This is simply infamously known in Husker lure as "The Onside Kick Game." But it wasn't that special teams fiasco that was the harbinger for what has transpired since. The glaring weakness that eventually did Frost in during the Georgia Southern debacle Saturday night was on display in Ireland against Northwestern. 

Northwestern who had one of the worst offenses a season ago in the nation, was able to run for 214 yards on the Blackshirts, including racking up 528 yards of total offense and forcing three Nebraska turnovers. 

The theme of poor defense and just giving off the aura of dysfunction from Frost finally did him in Sunday morning. Nebraska can now turn the page, but it needs to be patient and figure out where they stand in the new pecking order of college football and the Big Ten.