Published 4:21 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018
The wait for Nebraska and its fans has painfully been extended for another week.
After appearing on the verge of the first victory of the Scott Frost era, the Cornhuskers blew a late 10-point lead to Northwestern and fell 34-31 in overtime. Their 0-6 start is the worst beginning to a season in the program's 129-year history.
Frost, a former Nebraska quarterback, was lured back to Lincoln after a successful stint at Central Florida that included a perfect 14-0 season last year which ended with a defeat of Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
Things started imperfectly in his new job as the Cornhuskers fell to Colorado, Troy, Michigan, Purdue and Wisconsin in consecutive games.
Things initially looked different Saturday. Their first touchdown came on a Adrian Martinez 42-yard touchdown pass to JD Spielman on the fourth play from scrimmage.
After an exchange of leads, Nebraska eventually went up 28-14 early in the fourth quarter.
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But the elusive victory would not be easy. Northwestern cut its deficit to 31-24 on field goal and regained the ball on its 1 with less than two minutes left.
The Wildcats calmly drove 99 yards for the tying score to send the game to overtime.
On its first possession of overtime, Nebraska went for it on fourth-and-1 instead of trying a short field goal. A bad snap forced Martinez to scramble and heave a pass into the end zone that was intercepted.
Needing just a score to win, Northwestern played for a field goal, and Drew Luckenbaugh delivered with a 37-yard kick to clinch the victory.
Up next for Cornhuskers is a home game against Minnesota where they hopefully can put the memories of this meltdown behind them.