Georgia Southern embarrassment is, finally, Scott Frost's point of no return
That this is how it ends for Scott Frost at Nebraska is a masterpiece in irony. A true magnum opus. Or in Frost’s case, a magnum dopeus.
Of all the coaches Frost could have faced Saturday night, it was Clay Helton.
Clay Helton, who went into last season on the hot seat at USC even though everyone knew he should have been fired the previous offseason. Helton lasted all of 2 games in 2021, getting fired after a 42-28 loss to Stanford in which the Cardinal led by 4 scores most of the game.
Of all the programs Frost could have faced Saturday night, it was Georgia Southern.
Georgia Southern, which was a dominant force at the then-Division I-AA level in the 1980s and 1990s behind its powerful triple-option offense. Georgia Southern, which abandoned its option offense in favor of hiring Helton to bring a more modern look this offseason.
Yes, Georgia Southern — which has found more success in 2 games without the option than Nebraska has in 20 years since ditching the offense.
Maybe that’s hyperbole, but it doesn’t feel that way in Lincoln. Saturday night’s 45-42 loss to the Eagles is the lowest point in program history since getting waxed by Colorado 62-36 in 2001. But even that Huskers team was still invited to play for a national championship.
This Nebraska team will be damn lucky to even get to the Quick Lane Bowl. And that makes this the official low point in Nebraska football history, at least dating to when facemasks became mandatory equipment.
For this, Scott Frost must go. Immediately. Without hesitation.
Forget his buyout dropping in half on Oct. 1. Or that the Huskers have to prepare for Oklahoma this week.
It’s over. Right now.
Scott Frost is the worst coach in Nebraska history
Bill Jennings is off the hook.
Sure, Jennings still has the worst record (15-34-1) of any Nebraska coach to make it at least 3 seasons. But at least he ended Oklahoma’s historic 74-game conference unbeaten streak in 1959. And Bob Devaney’s first 2 teams went 9-2 and 10-1 largely behind guys Jennings recruited.
Nebraska is in a black hole now, even if Frost’s 16-31 record edges out Jennings in winning percentage (.340 to .310).
This program is a tire fire, only burning rubber has a better scent.
Thanks to its option-heavy past, Georgia Southern came into Memorial Stadium with 2 400-yard passing performances in 40 years of Division I football history.
The Eagles left Lincoln with a third after Kyle Vantrease torched the Huskers for 409 passing yards. If Vantrease sounds vaguely familiar, he’s the same quarterback who was 27-of-50 for 224 yards in Buffalo’s 28-3 loss at Nebraska last season.
Vantrease is a bit better than he was a year ago. But the Cornhuskers defense is astonishingly worse.
Signs were there when Northwestern appeared to have an all-world offensive line against Nebraska in the season opener. Facing Duke in their first game since Dublin, the Wildcats averaged 2.2 yards per carry.
That early-afternoon performance was a harbinger of things to come for the so-called Blackshirts on Saturday night.
In addition to its 409 passing yards, Georgia Southern rushed for 233. All told, the Eagles averaged 7.8 yards per carry. Georgia Southern’s 642 yards of total offense are a record for any opponent at once-feared Memorial Stadium.
Not Georgia. Georgia Southern.
Nebraska was absolutely humiliated on third down. The Eagles converted 8 of their first 9 third-down attempts. The only miss took place when the clock expired at the end of the first half.
That’s not supposed to happen against a Sun Belt team when you’re Nebraska. It’s not supposed to happen against anybody when you’re Nebraska.
But under Frost, this isn’t Nebraska. It’s a 10-cent program that just happens to have an iconic red N on its helmet. Look around the old Big 8, and you’ll find former Husker doormats that are more respectable these days.
Oklahoma State. Kansas State. Iowa State.
Good gravy, even Kansas is 2-0.
Every single one of those teams would beat Nebraska right now. Including the Jayhawks, who actually believe in themselves under second-year coach Lance Leipold. There’s no reason any Nebraska player should believe in himself right now, because he is coached by Scott Frost.
Scott Frost, who has lost 10 straight 1-score games. Scott Frost, who is 5-22 in his Nebraska career in games decided by a touchdown or less.
Frost, whose undisciplined team committed 10 penalties for 77 yards at home. Frost, who became the first Nebraska coach in 215 games to lose when the Cornhuskers scored more than 35 points at Memorial Stadium.
This ineptitude, this outright coaching malpractice, wouldn’t be acceptable anywhere. Why on Earth should it be accepted at Nebraska?
Following the Northwestern loss, I wrote that Frost deserved a shot to redeem himself against Oklahoma. Surely North Dakota and Georgia Southern wouldn’t pose much of a problem before that point.
They did pose a problem.
The Huskers had to come back against the Fighting Hawks, then had to again against the Eagles. They didn’t luck out this time around against a team that went 3-9 last year and lost to Florida Atlantic by 32.
It was Hall of Famer Bill Parcells who said “you are what your record says you are.”
Scott Frost’s record says he stinks. And it’s time for Nebraska AD Trev Alberts to smell the coffee. Even if he has to pass the coffee can around for an extra $7.5 million to fire Frost in September.
Nebraska fans deserve for this chapter to be over. Because at this point, the book only gets worse.