Scott Frost and Nebraska were embarrassed at home by Illinois on Saturday, 41-23. It dropped the Huskers to 1-3 on the abbreviated eight-game season.
Frost, in his third season in Lincoln, was surprised after the game — to say the least. Speaking with members of the media, he basically said he didn’t see this coming.
“I didn’t really see this coming…,” Frost said. “I was embarrassed by our level of execution in all three phases.
“It was almost like our team thought, ‘We won one game, we’re good,’” he continued.
Wearing all black uniforms in a mostly empty Memorial Stadium, the one thing the Huskers did consistently was turn it over, while getting gashed over and over again by an Illinois team that has struggled to get any of its own momentum in recent years. Nebraska was a thoroughly defeated bunch by the time the fourth quarter rolled around.
The Illini outgained Nebraska 490 yards to 392 yards and won the turnover margin 5-0, scoring 20 points off those takeaways (three interceptions and two fumbles.)
Illinois, which had led for only three seconds of playing time during its first four games, never trailed against Nebraska, scoring a touchdown within the first two minutes after a Nebraska fumble.
After missing the previous three games (including two Illinois losses to Big Ten West foes) due to a positive COVID-19 test in late October, Peters completed 18 for 25 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for 36 yards and a touchdown to lead Illinois (2-3) to its most balanced, most dominant performance of the season in the win.
Nebraska (1-3) will travel to Iowa for a Noon CT kickoff on Friday.