Who are the Huskers?

Saturday’s word of the day was, “unacceptable.”
Unacceptable, as in the level of play on the field.
Unacceptable, as in the booing that took place at halftime and after the game was over.
Unacceptable, as in quite frankly, the Huskers should never, ever lose to a team like Northern Illinois on their home field (or anywhere else).
Nebraska’s football program is becoming the Disneyland of the Midwest -- it gives fans more ups and downs than a roller coaster.
Think back to Oct. 27, 2016, when Big Red just got done beating Purdue 27-14, improving to 7-0 and getting a Top 10 national ranking. Despite a 2-4 finish when things went bad, optimism bounced back this summer with the arrival of the new 3-4 defense and a brand spanking new quarterback who reportedly carried a high-caliber NFL arm.
Fast forward to Saturday afternoon, one of the worst losses in school history to the Huskies, a team that came into the game with a loss to Boston College, a team with a backup quarterback and yet a team that celebrated at the final gun.
I don’t want to talk about the porous offensive line. I don’t want to hear about the dropped passes, the interceptions, the poor punt returns or even Tanner Lee’s inability to make the clutch throw. No, it’s more about our identity, or rather the lack of one, that has to be addressed first and foremost.
Nebraska should always run the ball first. Run the ball when they want to. Run the ball so the opposing defense wears out. Run the ball and dictate tempo.
What bothered me the most on Saturday were the second and twos, the third and twos when offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf couldn’t help but throw the ball, time and time again.
That’s just not us. That’s not Nebraska. That’s not who we want to be. Get that first down with the fullback and keep moving down the field. Wear out the defense. Score some points.
Believe it or not, Nebraska is now 3-6 in their last nine games.
That’s unacceptable.
And Big Red could easily be 0-3 right now if Arkansas State completed their late night comeback in week one.
That’s unacceptable.
Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst, who never makes a media appearance following a game, felt inclined to do so on Saturday, telling Husker Nation that yes, the outcome was unacceptable, but that fans should “hang in there.”
Considering the fact that it’s been 18 years since a conference championship, it’s totally unacceptable to say something like that.
It’s also simply downright shameful.
DAVE BRADLEY can be reached at advertising@hamilton.net

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