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Nebraska vs. Ohio State, 11.3.18

Nebraska coach Scott Frost (left) contests a first-down call for Ohio State late in the fourth quarter on Saturday at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. After review, the officials' call was upheld.

Despite losing 36-31 and dropping to 2-7, Nebraska showed considerable growth Saturday at Ohio State.

But Scott Frost sees a lot of room for improvement, especially on defense and special teams.

Despite giving up 36 points, Frost said Saturday was the best game of the year for the Blackshirts, pointing to the three turnovers created.

"They played a good team Saturday and I thought they battled," Frost said during his Monday news conference. "We need to get some field goals instead of touchdowns and do better in the red zone."

As for special teams, Frost acknowledged there are some fixes that are more long-term.

"We know what happened and what went wrong," Frost said. "Some things can be fixed now, some things are going to need other things to get fixed. Some of the other things that happened we'll probably have to address in the offseason."

Frost said miscommunication led to the first-quarter blocked punt against the Buckeyes.

Some other quick hits from Monday:

* Nebraska will be wearing alternate uniforms Saturday. Frost is more of a traditionalist. "Not to say we won't mix it up occasionally, but there's power in what we wear on Saturdays," he said.

* Frost was asked about senior Devine Ozigbo approaching 1,000 rushing yards. "I would love to see Devine get 1,000, and Stanley (Morgan) get 1,000 and JD (Spielman) get 1,000. If those guys hit those benchmarks, it probably means we're winning games."

* Frost said he is surprised that Nebraska hasn't found a producer at the No. 3 receiver spot. "We need more weapons on the field and we'll keep searching until someone steps up and takes that spot," Frost said.

* Frost said outside linebacker Tyrin Ferguson continues to be hampered by a minor ankle injury, but he's hoping the linebacker can play in the last three games.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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