Urban Meyer had some words of advice as well as a theory as to exactly why the Nebraska football team couldn’t get it done against Minnesota.
Granted, his theory wasn’t exactly groundbreaking. At the heart of matter was that Nebraska football simply wasn’t good enough at protecting the football.
Still, when Nebraska football fans and coaches are talking about the Huskers repeating the mistakes of the past, It’s good to hear from someone who has had as many victories as Meyer. The former Ohio State, Florida and Utah coach doesn’t believe the loss to Minnesota needs to send the Huskers into a tailspin.
After the game, Meyer offered up why he thinks Matt Rhule and company couldn’t hold on to win.
"“They came on the road against a good Minnesota team and played their hearts out. What’s gonna happen is the fan base, which is a very proud fan base, everybody’s thinking about what what. The what is they’ve lost, they’re 2-14 in the last three years in one-score games. The head coach, he’s an excellent coach, get off the what. Get on the why. You know what the why is? Don’t turn the ball over at the end of the game you win.”"
Meyer then went on talk about Nebraska football quarterback Jeff Sims staring down a receiver in that final drive that ended with an interception. He also talked about running back Anthony Grant not securing the ball when he fumbled.
“So go back to ball security, in four-minute drill what’s the rule? Get two hands on that ball.”
Nebraska football needs to get its heads up
Meyer’s biggest piece of advice after the latest Nebraska football loss might have been his best of the segment.
He talked about how he knows that players in the locker room and the fans are all going to be thinking “here we go again.”
“Put that head back up,” Meyer said.
He emphasized again that ball security, not some curse that the Nebraska football team can never overcome, is the reason for the loss.
It’s a good message. One Nebraska football fans need to hear as they start to panic about the game against Colorado on Saturday. Protect the ball and the Huskers are 1-0. The turnovers are fixable.
If the Huskers start doubting themselves, it’s going to do quite a bit more damage.