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Frost, Huskers turn page after ‘buzzkill’ of Akron cancellation

September 5, 2018

Nebraska coach Scott Frost summed up his team’s frustration over the cancellation of Saturday night’s Akron game in one sentence:

“We got all dressed up for nothing,” he said.

“Buzzkill to say the least,” outside linebacker Luke Gifford said.

And though NU players handled the delay “like pros” — a couple even yelled out that Nebraska should play Akron in the indoor practice facility — Frost said the team was disappointed they couldn’t play the game.

He also understood why Akron coach Terry Bowden may not have wanted to play the game Sunday.

“If I was in Coach Bowden’s shoes, I’m not sure I would have,” Frost said. “One of the downsides of having so many fans here interested is that there’s no hotel in town that could service either team. We were scrambling trying to find a place for them to stay. We kind of found a place, but it certainly wouldn’t have been ideal for his team to not know where they’re eating, not know where they’re staying, not know where everybody is.

“I wish they would have agreed to play on Sunday so we could have gotten the game in, but if I were in his shoes, I’m not sure I would have made any different decision.”

Nebraska’s own players had to sleep at their homes Saturday night because there were no hotel rooms. When players left Memorial Stadium, Gifford said, players were under the impression they’d play Sunday. They received a group text from coaches around 10:30 p.m. informing them they would not.

Frost said he talked to his team seven times after the delay began. On the second round of discussions, he told them to take off their pads. By 8:45 p.m. he started to get involved in conversations that the game may not be played. Frost, who grew up in Nebraska, was like most NU fans in figuring the thunderstorms would pass through.

NU got a jump-start on its prep for Colorado Sunday. The Huskers then had one of the best Monday practices, Frost said, that he’s ever seen a team have.

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