Frost debut packs electric punch

The coronation of the Scott Frost era was too much for even Mother Nature to handle.
Nebraska was set for its first game under head coach Scott Frost Saturday night against Akron and following an emotional tunnel walk and much-too-exciting kickoff, the game was suspended and eventually canceled because of a steamy, late-summer thunderstorm.
I was down on the sidelines more than ready to document the first collegiate football snaps for Aurora native Austin Allen, who was in the offensive huddle and standing next to the coaches as the offense ran onto the field and eventually back off of it.
We never got to see what the first game under Frost would look like and Allen has still never played a down of college football. However, here’s a comical and entertaining timeline of the events Saturday.
2:30 p.m. -- Pulled into a parking garage just outside of Memorial Stadium. I waited at home for as long as I could. I just had to be in Lincoln. Didn’t fight too much traffic, which was surprising, to say the least.
3 p.m. -- Checked in at media will call and headed up to the press box. Nothing to do there except watch football.
5:45 p.m. -- Warm-ups for the Huskers are approaching but a bunch of us sportswriters are enamored with the Penn State-Appalachian State game late in the fourth quarter. We all thought the Mountaineers just beat another Big Ten team in their house. Please keep them off the Husker schedule, please?
5:55 p.m. -- The Huskervision screens now have the PSU game on them. Appalachian State up 38-31 under a minute to go, PSU ball and Nittany Lions tie it up. App State’s last minute upset on the line. Is that Austin Allen coming out for warm-ups?
6 p.m.  -- App State-PSU heading to OT. Waiting at the elevator with as much patience as I can muster. I shouldn’t need any pictures of Oz in warm-ups, I’ll get some good ones of him in the game. Why am I in such a hurry?
6:05 p.m. -- Can’t make my way to the field with this massive blob of red shirts in front of me. Guy with yellow vest leads me to the field entrance. My new hero.
6:10 p.m. -- Finally get to where I need to be and there’s Ozzy in a passing line. Who’s the guy wearing the white polo and red cap with a 308 on the side? Anybody else feel the chill?
6:20 p.m. -- The rest of the Huskers take the field and begin to go through warm-up lines. I spot No. 89 -- Todd Honas -- out of the corner of my eye! He spots me right away and we exchange hellos from a distance.
6:55 p.m. -- Huskers leaving the field for final preparations. Tunnel walk is looming. Fans freaking out. Who’s that guy over there that everyone is gathered around. It’s Dwayne Wade.
7:06 p.m. -- The band is done and the Huskervision screen just went black. I can run through 12 concrete walls and the video hasn’t even started yet. Boss just texted to ask if I was ready for some football. C’mon man, now’s not the time for obvious questions.
7:07 p.m. -- Tom Osborne appears on the screen. I can’t hear what he said because the crowd erupts. Grant Wistrom and Joel Makovicka make cameos. Is that sweat dripping from my eyes?
7:08 p.m. -- Scott Frost appears on screen in video. Complete chaos. Can I get a transcript to see what he said?
7:09 p.m. -- “Holy Moly! Man, woman and child did that put them in the aisles.” They’re already there and the walk hasn’t even began.
7:10 p.m. -- Sirius blaring. Crowd roaring. Scott Frost appears again, this time leading the team through the tunnel toward the horseshoe. My eyes won’t quit sweating. Song changes. It’s awesome.
7:11 p.m. -- The doors to the tunnel open up and there’s Frost and the team. I have a great look from the left. There’s no clowning around. This is important -- it means something.
7:14 p.m. -- Kickoff return team takes the field. This is 272 days in the making. Let’s light this candle!
7:15 p.m. -- Both teams exit the field as the game enters a lightning delay following kickoff. No offensive snaps. You gotta be kidding me...
7:17 p.m. -- Rain begins and starts to pick up some pace. I’m not sticking around. Back to the press box for me. Nice and dry.
7:26 p.m. -- Crowd begins to roar. Somebody is walking the length of the field like he owns it. That’s Ndamukong freaking Suh. He throws the bones. Lightning strikes. Crowd chants SUUUUUUH. He’s back.
7:49 p.m. -- Join a table that features former Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride. What stories he had to tell.
8:11 p.m. -- Text the bossman asking what the rulebook says on rain delay overtime pay:-)
8:14 p.m. -- Real boss (Paula) texts back. Not good.
8:14 p.m. -- Text from Dave Bradley, assumingly drenched somewhere in north stadium, asking where I was. Felt bad telling him I’m high and dry.
8:22 p.m. -- A bunch of people gathered around a TV with the Alabama-Louisville game on. Fox’s Tim Brando comes by and we strike up a quick conversation about the Bama QB situation. Tua is lighting it up.
8:23 p.m. -- Dave texts again saying they just went to the tunnel. Best of luck.
8:34 p.m. -- Rain increases to complete downpour. Seems to still be more fans in the seats than at some games last year toward the end.
9:10 p.m. -- Nebraska officials ask fans to clear stadium with more severe weather on the way.
9:55 p.m. Officials announce game is canceled.
10:06 p.m. -- Fox ticker says Nebraska-Akron will be played Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Phone lighting up with texts. No one said anything to me.
10:18 p.m. -- Info on ticker changes to “delayed by weather.”
10:28 p.m. -- Nebraska announces game is canceled, the third time it’s happened in program history.
10:45 p.m. -- First round of postgame pizza shows up to press box. I better have some to make sure it’s okay.
11:10 p.m. -- Standing underneath North Stadium trying to decide how wet the camera will get going back to the car.
Sometime Sunday morning: Return home and for some reason sleep isn’t an option. Found some Scott Frost highlights on YouTube. You betcha.
A Big Eight conference revival this week with Colorado coming to town. Maybe this really is 1997.
RICHARD RHODEN can be reached at sports@hamilton.net

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