Now that Nebraska football’s 2020 season is history, what did we learn?
The Nebraska Cornhuskers turned in some impressive performances as well as some very disappointing ones. The Huskers ended the season playing eight out of the nine games with a final record of 3-5. Overall, Nebraska’s end record probably isn’t too shocking, but many had higher expectations.
Scott Frost’s third year as Nebraska head coach was not successful by any stretch of the imagination, but still, he remains off the hot seat. Here are five things we learned about Nebraska football this season.
What We Learned About Nebraska Football – Quarterback Uncertainty
Throughout the eight-game season, not much was answered about the quarterback situation. We thought that we might have had an answer a couple of times, but the answer seemed to flip soon after. The season concluded as it started, with Adrian Martinez in the starting role and Luke McCaffrey as a backup.
The Huskers quarterbacks saw a sharp decline in the passing game, dropping to an average of about 190 yards per game compared to about 213 yards per game in 2019. Martinez ended the season with a performance against Rutgers that saw a mixture of his best and what holds him back the most.
McCaffrey was another attractive option at first but grew to be less appealing as the season aged. His fearless running abilities were on full display, but with six interceptions and four fumbles, he became more frustrated with turnover after turnover.
The turnover-prone offense also saw a decrease in points per game, dropping to 23.13 after scoring 28 points per game in 2020. Had the Huskers taken better care of the ball, there is no doubt that they would have put up more points and possibly pulled out one or two more wins.