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Huskers starting journey back up from bottom

Posted at 9:48 PM, Sep 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-23 23:07:48-04

For the first time since the Harry Truman presidency, Nebraska is 0-3. 

On Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan the Huskers fell to the Wolverines 56-10 in its Big Ten opener to stay winless through its first three games for the first time since 1945. 

"I honestly believe this will be the bottom right here," said Head Coach Scott Frost. "I don't know how many times I've been a part of a game like that but we got beat in every phase."

Play after play, run after run Saturday did not go Nebraska's way. When facing adversity, some fight while others flight. 

"There's nobody jumping off the ship," Frost said. "In games like these, they are watershed moments now. We got our butt whipped. Guys need to learn how to get it fixed or we'll move on to the next guy."

Whether it was the first guy, or the next guy no one was able to stop the Wolverines as they manhandled the Huskers for 56 points and nearly 500 yards. Dating back to last season this is the fifth time in the last nine games Nebraska's given up at least 54 points in a game. 

"We're not hustling," said junior linebacker Mohamed Barry. "We should have each others back. Someone misses a tackle, someone misses a deflection, it has to be 11 hats to the ball and that has to be the brand of football we play."

In 2017, Ohio State seemed like the low point for Nebraska football, but this loss may be right up there. 

"We're not going to go any lower than this," said senior captain Jerald Foster. "We talked with guys and we're in a swimming pool. We're at the bottom and you can touch your feet of the ground and push off." 

Helping to push the Huskers out of this pool will be a leadership team looking to keep Nebraska from drowning.

"We need to set the example,"  said senior captain Luke Gifford. "We need to do what we can and it's not easy, it's tough but I'm pretty confident in the leaders and the leadership we have and the coaching staff we have that we're going to get it done."

Nebraska's coaching staff has experience turning straw in to gold. At Central Florida, Scott Frost and his staff turned a winless team in to an undefeated conference champion in two seasons.

"We're not ready to beat a team like [Michigan] yet," Frost said. "The key word to me is yet. I know where it's going, it's not going as quickly as I wanted but I'm excited. It will not get worse than this and it's only up from here."