LINCOLN - While Nebraska’s 375-game sell out streak at Memorial Stadium will continue on Saturday in the first home game of the season against Fordham, Coach Scott Frost told the media Monday he hopes no one lost excitement after a season-opening loss.
Nebraska opened the season on the road, where Illinois built a 30 to 9 third-quarter lead and held on for a 30 to 22 victory.
Frost: “This team has a chance to be really good. I think this team is going to prove a lot to a lot of people. If there are still some tickets out there, buy them up and come and watch this team. This is a special group of kids with a lot of character, a lot of talent. We can’t wait to play in front of the fans. We need you there.”
Frost said the team played well in a lot of ways, but could not overcome catastrophic mistakes.
Frost: “Our team has a chance to win a lot of games, if we play well. The self-inflicted wounds can’t happen. Every time we get a chance to get on the field and executive at a higher level and get a little better, it’s going to make us a better team down the stretch.”
He said there is a different feeling ahead of the home opener after playing to an empty stadium in 2020.
Frost: “We missed the fans so bad. Being in Memorial Stadium last year with an empty house, it was almost depressing. There’s so much passion here. So many good fans. We can’t wait to see them on Saturday.”
The university announced on Tuesday that two donors came forward to purchase the remaining tickets for the Fordham game so that underserved youth across the state could attend the game.
Dr. Lawrence Chatters, Nebraska’s senior associate athletic director for diversity, equity and inclusion, said the Red Carpet Experience is about increasing access to more underserved youth. Kids in the eighth grade and younger can pick up tickets at various sites at the stadium.
Non-profits and community organizations looking to get involved and receive access should contact Chatters at huskers.com.
Kickoff for the Fordham Rams is at 11 a.m.