Scott Frost had a damaging performance in Nebraska’s season-opening loss in Ireland, says ESPN’s Matt Barrie.

Nebraska gave up a lead to Northwestern and ended up losing to Northwestern by 3 points, 31-28, in Week 0. Barrie wondered why Frost went for an onside kick and attributed that decision to Nebraska’s loss.

Barrie thought it was a mistake that cost Nebraska the game:

“The fact that that onside kick decision when you’ve got all the momentum at 28-17 was done in front of a national audience as the only show in town and people frothing at the mouth for college football,” Barrie said. “That, to me, is what makes this so damaging for Scott Frost because everyone saw what Nebraska fans have been talking about for the past couple of years.”

Nebraska was ahead by 11 points when Frost approved the onside kick. Frost’s decision changed the momentum and Northwestern scored 14 unanswered points. Frost entered the season with pressure on him to have a winning season and the Week 0 loss did not help his situation.

In 2021, Nebraska had a 3-9 record and a 1-8 B1G record. For Frost to turn the heat down, he needs to start winning games.

Nebraska will seek its first win of the season when North Dakota travels to Lincoln on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.