Colorado collapse magnifies Huskers’ struggles in close games

BOULDER, Colo. – Call it the Fallout at Folsom.

The latest collapse for the Husker football team stung a little more for the 30,000-plus red clad fans that invaded Boulder on Saturday.

Holding a 17-0 halftime lead and a 17-7 advantage after three quarters, the Huskers gave up 27 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lose to former rival Colorado for the second straight year.

For some, the sting is all too familiar.

Last year’s Colorado game was the first instance, when the Huskers rebounded from an early 14-0 deficit to take a 28-20 lead on the Buffs in the second half. The Huskers gave up a late touchdown connection between Steven Montez and LaViska Shenault to fall 33-28.

On the doorstep of Frost’s first win as head coach, Nebraska held a 10-point lead on Northwestern with just three minutes to go in the game. A Wildcats touchdown and field goal later, the Huskers were headed to overtime, only to lose on a field goal.

Perhaps the most notable chance came at Ohio State, when the Huskers held a five-point lead on a top 10 Buckeyes team in the second half. A missed opportunity at a third quarter touchdown pass and a failure to control the line of scrimmage led to an Ohio State comeback and ultimately a victory.

In the season finale at Iowa, the Huskers leaped off the doormat to make a spectacular comeback, only to see it dissipate with a wild fourth-and-eight completion from the Hawkeyes and the game-winning field goal as time expired.

And then there was Saturday.

The Huskers know they have building to do – they have to learn how to win, again and again. If there’s any positive that came from the Fallout at Folsom, it’s at the very least a hard look in the mirror for these Huskers.