Offensive penalties not forced due to pace of play
Nebraska's transformation from a pro–style offense to the quick-tempo pace preferred by head coach Scott Frost and his staff was evident from the jump.
The Red team had 20 plays in the first quarter, on pace for 80, which they hit on the nose even with a running clock in the second half.
There's still a lot to iron out, though. Nebraska had two illegal formations and a third illegal motion within the first two drives.
The speed of play, Frost says, has nothing to do with those mistakes. "That's detail. That's discipline and detail and we've got to keep coming along with that. Those things get even harder when you're tired, those things get even harder when you're pushing the pace, but those things aren't acceptable around here."
Two huge plays were wiped out; A 37–yard completion to Jaevon McQuitty was taken out of the box score because of an illegal formation on the game's first play. Then a Bryan Reimers touchdown reception was null because of Todd Honas' illegal motion on the second drive.
"We can't get impatient and think that we'll be perfect in day one or spring game number one, but I thought it did get better in the second half, I don't know how many penalties there were in the second half but it didn't seem like many," Frost said after the Red-White spring game. "We'll keep cleaning things up and getting better from that standpoint."
It was a pretty clean game overall with a combined nine penalties for 53 yards.
Nebraska averaged 68.9 plays per game last season, compared to Central Florida (71.1) and nearly 17 plays fewer than the nation–leading Orange of Syracuse (85.6).