Same old Nebraska? Huskers vow different after shockingly familiar loss.
Nebraska was well on its way to a win in coach Matt Rhule's debut. Then the Huskers unraveled, sparking unwanted flashbacks of all the mistakes that have plagued this program in recent years.
MINNEAPOLIS — So that looked familiar, didn’t it?
A Nebraska defeat pulled from the jaws of victory. A turnover-filled fourth-quarter that gave a struggling opponent just enough life. A fourth-down stop that never came.
The Cornhuskers have a new coach. They have a defense that played lights-out for much of the night. They opened the season away from home in the month of August for the third straight year, and unlike the last two years, they really, honest-to-God looked like they were going to break through and start their season off with a win.
Yet somehow, Minnesota escaped Huntington Bank Stadium with a 13-10 win, on a game-winning field goal as the clock hit zero.
“We just can’t beat ourselves,” quarterback Jeff Sims said.
The Huskers’ had a 94 percent win probability, per ESPN’s model, after converting on third-down with 5:03 left.
That might seem nearly impossible to blow. Except this was at least the sixth time in recent years that Nebraska had a win probably north of 84 percent in the fourth quarter and blew it, per a graphic assembled by @stewmanji.
Nebraska fell to 2-14 in one-score games since the start of 2021, per ESPN’s Bill Connelly, a feat that seems impossible.