Ohio State coach Ryan Day apologized to Nebraska for the Buckeyes' offense, who had no knee in the final seconds of Saturday's 52-17 win at Ohio Stadium.
The Buckeyes led 45-17 in the last minute to hit the Nebraska 2-yard line. Instead of kneeling on one knee, freshman quarterback Jack Miller ran into the end zone.
"I feel bad about it," said Day. "I had a younger quarterback in the game and I didn't feel like we had the staff to take the knee and I probably should have. So I just want to publicly apologize to them, at (Nebraska- Trainer) Scott (Frost). "
Frost did not address Ohio State's final touchdown after the game. He took a three-second break to play one final game.
Day said he would contact Frost to apologize. The two coaches have a good relationship, and on Monday Frost commended Day and Ohio State for joining Nebraska in the battle to resume the Big Ten season. When asked about multiple goals in Nebraska in the second half, including fouls by the corner of Cam Taylor-Britt and safety Deontai Williams, Day said: "I would be shocked if there was a malevolent there."
Day was pleased with Ohio State's opening performance, especially in the second half when the Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 28-3. Quarterback Justin Fields, a 2019 Heisman Trophy finalist, completed 20 of 21 passes for 276 yards and two touchdowns, with his lone incompleteness being a touchdown attack by broad receiver Chris Olave.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Fields had the second-highest percentage of completing a single game (95.2) in league history, related to Graham Mertz of Wisconsin who made 20 of 21 passes against Illinois on Friday.
"It was great to see Justin go into his sophomore year and feel so comfortable there," said Day.
Day, Fields, and others said an empty Ohio Stadium was an odd setting to kick off. The Big Ten have banned all fans – except families of coaches and players – from playing.
"It was definitely weird," said Fields. "I checked to celebrate with some fans, but nobody was really out there. It was a little different. We were just trying to bring our own energy into the game."