Scott Frost heard cheers on Saturday - and he was playing in Seattle. What a difference a week makes.
"I'm happy for the fans who have supported us throughout," the Nebraska quarterback said. "Those are the true fans."Booed last week in Lincoln after Nebraska's lackluster first half against Central Florida, Frost redeemed himself to the few thousand fans wearing red in the sellout crowd of 74,023 in a 27-14 victory over No. 2 Washington.
He scored on runs of 34 and 30 yards - and accounted for 185 total yards - as Nebraska won impressively on a day when it was an underdog for the first time in four years.
Asked if he had won back some of his fickle friends in Lincoln, Frost said: "The friends I want and the friends I have are the only ones I care about."
After the game, some of the Nebraska players, including Frost, ran over to the Huskers fans in the stands. Presumably, none of those fans were calling for Frost's demotion in favor of backup Frankie London last week. London didn't get onto the field Saturday.
Said Washington's Jason Chorak, last season's Pac-10 defensive player of the year: "I don't see why there's any quarterback controversy in Nebraska."
Frost, a senior, ran 18 times for 97 yards and passed for 88 while hitting 8-of-15. The Huskers played near perfect football. They didn't turn the ball over and were penalized only six times.
"We really took the ball and jammed it down their throats the first couple of drives," he said.
Washington lost its starting quarterback, sophomore Brock Huard, with a sprained left ankle in the first quarter and replaced him with freshman Marques Tuiasosopo, son of former NFL defensive lineman Manu Tuiasosopo.
Huard was 4-for-8 for 29 yards after throwing seven touchdown passes in the Huskies' first two games. Tuiasosopo, who was 12-of-22 for 270 yards, rallied the Huskies with two touchdown passes, but it wasn't enough.
"It certainly hurts to lose your starting quarterback," Washington coach Jim Lambright said. "To have a chance to come back in the game, you have to have all your tools."
Nebraska (3-0) handed the Huskies (2-1) their first loss at Husky Stadium since Oregon won 24-22 on Nov. 4, 1995.