Scott Frost was supposed to make his Nebraska coaching debut last week, but nature intervened. Today was a much nicer day in Lincoln, but it still didn’t end up the home-opener most Cornhusker fans wanted.

It looked good for a long time, though. Late in the fourth quarter, Colorado’s hope seemed lost as they faced a 3rd and 19 near midfield, trailing by a point. But while this ball was very much overthrown, a penalty for a hit on a defenseless receiver moved the Buffaloes 15 yards closer to the end zone:

Colorado made Nebraska pay right away:

That put Nebraska in the position of needing to drive for a touchdown with little time left, which is difficult enough under normal circumstances. But these weren’t normal circumstances, as Nebraska was down to walk-on quarterback Andrew Bunch after starter Adrian Martinez went down with a leg injury.

Bunch did lead a drive of sorts, but things stalled in the red zone, with a false start penalty forcing Frost to burn his last timeout to avoid a runoff. In the end, Nebraska faced this fourth down play:

That’s a gutsy blitz call, but if ever there was a time for it, it was then; walk-on quarterback, knowing he needs time for receivers to get to the end zone before he can even throw it. It worked out perfectly for Colorado, who hadn’t beaten Nebraska since 2007.

About Jay Rigdon

Jay is a writer and editor for The Comeback, and a contributor at Awful Announcing. He is not a strong swimmer.