Nebraska’s offense hadn’t even snapped the ball and everyone noticed a problem. Before the center moved the ball off the turf, the Huskers were flagged with two false start penalties.

The “little things” that Scott Frost harped on all offseason surfaced again.

By the time the clock expired in Norman, Nebraska was charged with 8 penalties for 70 yards, threw 1 interception, connected on just 1-of-3 field goal attempts and had an extra point blocked while Oklahoma returned it the other way for 2 points.

End result? A 23-16 win for the Sooners.

It looked like the game might get out of hand early. Oklahoma had no trouble slicing and dicing its way through Nebraska’s defense, meticulously using a 14-play, 75-yard drive to start the contest off with a 7-0 lead. But that was the only drive where the Sooners found success in the first half.

Nebraska’s defense answered the challenge of facing Spencer Rattler and Lincoln Riley’s explosive offense. The game was in Oklahoma’s favor 7-3 through two quarters. OU’s most productive quarter was the third, scoring 9 points. Two of those came on the extra point gaffe from the Huskers.

Oklahoma totaled 408 yards of offense. Rattler threw for 214 and had 1 touchdown pass while also rushing for 35 yards and an additional score. Kennedy Brooks totaled 75 yards on the ground and accounted for the third Sooners score.

For as explosive as Oklahoma’s offense has been, Nebraska’s defense answered the call.

Once again, the problem was the offense. Anytime the Huskers generated any sort of momentum on that side of the ball, they ran into an ill-timed penalty or failed to convert on a special teams opportunity.

You know, the stuff that Frost was adamant would be corrected in the offseason.

Looking at this from a one-game sample size, there are plenty of positives to take away from Nebraska. It fought like hell against a team expected to compete for a national championship this year. The defense played really well for four quarters.

When you look over Frost’s tenure in Lincoln, though, the same mistakes continue to pop up. On Saturday, it dropped the Huskers to 2-2 on the season with a full B1G slate ahead.