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Husker QB Frost pleased with offensive execution
BY CURT McKEEVERLincoln Journal Star
MANHATTAN, Kan. After ripping Colorado State's 110th-ranked defense last
week, Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost had the look of somebody who had
breezed through a pop quiz.
On Saturday, even though the numbers weren't as staggering, the effect of
the Cornhuskers' rugged 39-3 victory against Kansas State had Frost looking
as is he had just aced a final exam.
"There is a big difference," said Frost after Nebraska had broken
down the nation's eighth-ranked defense. "They came out with a lot
of emotion and that makes it tough for an offense. We didn't do real well
in the first quarter, but after that we started to pick things up and I
think the whole offense played well. That's a big step for us to play that
well against a good D."
By the finish, Nebraska had churned out 432 yards against a team that was
allowing an average of just 239.5.
Included in that total was a 17-play, 80-yard touchdown march in the second
quarter and a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter.
"Every time we have a 17-play drive, I'm pleased," said Frost.
"That's kind of like the first drive of the game last week where we
needed to come out and make a good showing on offense, and our first drive
(then) was good. It was the same sort of thing today."
Nebraska kept the second-quarter drive going by converting four straight
third downs including a third-and-9 play in which Frost shoveled a pass
to I-back Ahman Green for a 13-yard gain. Four plays later, on fourth-and-1
from the Kansas State 8, Green took a quick pitch left into the end zone.
"That kind of put us over the edge," Frost said. "I think
you could really see them start to collapse and us start to pick it up when
that drive took place.
"When you can convert on third downs and keep the ball moving ... like
I said, they're a great defense. Their D-line was good. Their secondary
is excellent cover guys, touted as probably the best in the nation, so when
we can come in here and at least play well and put up that amount of points
we have to be happy with how we did."
Frost finished with 35 yards rushing and completed 8 of 16 passes for 79
yards and a touchdown. That 21-yard strike was a perfectly placed toss to
tight end Vershan Jackson in the corner of the end zone that capped the
Frost also threw an interception and drew a penalty for a late hit against
Clyde Johnson on the play. But after the defense held Kansas State to a
field goal, he responded by engineering the marathon touchdown drive.
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