Husker fans react to loss against Northern Illinois

Posted at 9:09 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 22:09:53-04

Husker nation is searching for answers.

Nebraska's loss to Northern Illinois turned heads across the country.

Tonight, Husker fans are still frustrated, and they are not alone.

Players, coaches and even school leaders are trying to figure out what happened and how to keep it from getting worse.

We talked to some here at Husker Hounds about if they'll continue to support their team.

Two first-half interceptions run in for touchdowns put Husker fans in a foul mood on Saturday.

Fans like Connie Harwick say Nebraska’s 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois — in Lincoln — was a tough pill to swallow.

"I hoped to see a little more improvement than what we've seen the last couple of games,” Warwick said. “It seems like in the beginning, we're forgetting what we're on the field for, and at halftime, things get a little bit stronger, but we're not carrying it until the end."

Over at AM 590 ESPN Radio Omaha, the venting continues.

Some say they believe Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley or Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst should be fired but others want to see how the rest of the season plays out.

“I'm a big fan of Mike Riley, and I think he's been a great coach,” fan Dan Vaughn said. “I love what he did with Oregon State, but the program is not progressing upwards, and that's the reason we've brought him here.”

Chad Carr, president of Ticket Express, said they thought people would be calling in droves to sell their tickets for the next home game against Rutgers, but that really hasn't been the case.

“The Northern Illinois loss didn't really affect demand for the Rutgers game like we thought it would,” he said. “There wasn't a lot of demand for the Rutgers game to begin with, so a lot of people are seeing this as an opportunity to take the family."

Tickets on the website are about $20 below face value, which has been the norm since it isn't a highly sought-after game, Carr said.

Though some have said they're not renewing their season tickets, others will still display Husker pride.

"They want to be there supporting the team and cheering them on, win or lose,” he said. “And I feel like that's one of the cool things about being a Nebraska fan.”

3 News Now reached out to the UNL Board of Regents, but the two who did respond refused to make a public comment at this time. One did express disappointment, however, saying it’s a long road ahead.