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Shatel: The end of the Scott Frost era is a case of when, not if

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Nebraska Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple, left, and ?Head Coach Scott Frost talk in the first half against Georgia Southern at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

LINCOLN — A Full Moon hung above Memorial Stadium Saturday night, the same Full Moon that presided over a day of chaos in college football.

First came Marshall-Notre Dame. Then Appalachian State-Texas A&M. And Washington State-Wisconsin.

Finally, we had Georgia Southern 45, Nebraska 42.

And now we have real chaos.

I don't expect a press conference on Sunday. No coaching change. Not on the eve of Oklahoma week.

But all bets are off for the rest of this Nebraska season and where it goes from here.

On a night that felt like the end, things took a sudden turn on a strange night at Memorial Stadium, where Georgia Southern set the tone and had its way with Nebraska's defense and the offense was forced to try and keep up.

Yes, Scott Frost's backside is hot and Erik Chinander is all out of ice.

NU's defense was atrocious, allowing 642 total yards, including 409 passing and 233 rushing.

The Eagles were 9-of-13 on third down conversions and 7.5 yards per play. NU's offense put up similar numbers, but in a Nebraska-Georgia Southern match, only one of those is expected.

True, Georgia Southern quarterback Kyle Vantrease runs an efficient and quick tempo offense. And Vantrease was uncanny, rarely missing a receiver (66 percent) and confidently moving his team up and down the field.

But while the up-tempo is a tough defend, that wasn't the culprit so much as the Eagles' knack for popping big runs through open gaps. And all of those missed tackles.

It was all so stunning, play after play, drive after drive. Nobody expected Nebraska's defense to be lights out this year. But the lack of playmaking and execution has been jarring, not to mention inexcusable.

Scott Frost has a nice offense. But the defense in year five is throwing water on the campaign to save his job.

Casey Thompson was good again, this time rushing for three touchdowns. Anthony Grant and Ajay Allen looked formidable again.

But they were always running from behind, and when they finally caught Georgia Southern in the final minutes, going ahead for the first time, it didn't take the Eagles long to grab it back for good.

As Husker fans shuffled toward the exits, they looked stunned and numb. They have seen so many of these games end like this, one after another, and now Georgia Southern, the former FCS school, came in and stood toe to toe and left with victory.

The Frost Era has been one big disappointment after another, one shock after the next. There's no reason to rank this one. It joined the others, an inexplicable game the way Georgia Southern had its way with Nebraska, just another inexplicable game in an inexplicable five years.

In his post-game, Frost talked about how much he appreciated being the coach at Nebraska. This one felt like the end, and now it's just a question of when, not if.


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