Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost said he kept his Husker players updated throughout Saturday night about the status of their game against Akron before finally sending them home thinking they'd play Sunday. But soon after, he texted them that the game wouldn't be played after all.
"We're just disappointed," said Frost during Monday's press conference. "It's been a lot of hard work. We got all dressed up for nothing. The guys were ready to play. A couple guys were yelling out 'let's just play in the Hawks', which would've been epic but probably not safe."
While Nebraska tried to make sleeping accommodations for Akron Saturday night, the Zips declined to play the game Sunday.
"I wish they would've agreed to play on Sunday so we could've got the game in but if I were in his shoes, I'm not sure I would've made any different decision," Frost said.
With now only eleven games on the schedule, the Huskers are considering adding another contest down the road.
"These guys have worked so hard," said Frost. "They deserve to play a full slate of games so if they give us an option to fill that game in somewhere, we're going to take it."
While the Huskers were, undoubtedly, disappointed they did not get to play their season opener, they were just as emphatic they have now moved on to Colorado.
"It was just kind of a focal point today to make sure everyone knew that's behind us now," said freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez.
"One of the best Mondays I've ever seen a team have today so we're on the right track," Frost said.
One Husker, especially on the right track, appears to be Martinez, as the true freshman quarterback earned high praise from Frost following Monday's workout.
"It's the best I've seen him look," Frost said. "I wish we could've seen it on Saturday night but we're going to have to wait a few more days now and I know he's anxious to get his first snaps."
The Huskers host the Buffaloes Saturday starting at 2:30 p.m.