Scott Frost

Nebraska coach Scott Frost believes a couple wins has helped the attitude of his team as it heads to Ohio State. 

LINCOLN — Of all the signs that a culture change is ongoing at Nebraska, Scott Frost noticed a big one this week.

A sincere belief from players that they can hang with — and beat — a Big Ten powerhouse.

That wasn’t the case in September, when the Huskers traveled to Michigan and were blasted 56-10. But the multi-touchdown underdogs head to No. 8 Ohio State more confident in who they are and what they’re capable of.

“When we went up to Ann Arbor, I’m not sure the team thought they could win,” Frost said following Thursday’s practice. “I think they wanted to, but I’m not sure deep down if some of the guys thought they could win. I think we have a team that’s going up there thinking we got a chance if we play well. That’s a big change in improvement.”

One reason for Nebraska’s two-game winning streak has been a spike in offense, which has posted 98 points in that span. The unit ranks 19th nationally in yards per play at 6.50 and has been above 7 four times this year, though Frost said it’s not a statistic he tracks. In fact, the coach said, he prefers instinct and tempo to analytics in most cases, though he’ll refer to the latter during self-scouting bye weeks and in the offseason.

Frost said he evaluates success by wins more than offensive efficiency, though he acknowledged that the unit will need to carry a heavy load if Nebraska is to add more victories in its final four contests.

“I’d rather win a game 2-0 than lose one 61-60,” Frost said. “We’re gonna have to score points to win games right now. That’s just the way it is. Our defense continues to get better, too, but I don’t think we’re going to win any 10-3 (games) right now in the Big Ten.”

Quick hits

» UCF transfer Noah Vedral is the No. 2 quarterback behind Adrian Martinez, Frost said. Vedral, whom the NCAA ruled eligible three weeks ago, made his debut last weekend. The Wahoo native completed 2 of 9 passes for 29 yards and threw an interception while also running for a 20-yard touchdown.

“(Andrew Bunch) is perfectly capable and ready to come in, too,” Frost said, “but I think going into the game, it’ll be Noah.”

» Frost confirmed that junior DaiShon Neal underwent surgery and would be out “for a little bit” after the defensive lineman posted the news on social media Wednesday. Neal has appeared in seven games this season and made three tackles. Frost said he had been “gutting it out.”

» Asked about the offensive line, Frost said underclassman tackles Brenden Jaimes and Matt Farniok have “really grown up,” and also complimented starters Jerald Foster, Tanner Farmer and Boe Wilson.

“Those guys as a unit are playing pretty well,” Frost said. “We’ve been lucky — we’ve stayed healthy at that position, and Coach (Greg) Austin’s doing a great job with them. We couldn’t be doing what we’re doing on offense without those guys improving and playing well.”

» Sophomore JD Spielman could finish atop the Nebraska record books if he continues to play like he has, Frost said. Spielman is tied for ninth in career receptions with 108 (Kenny Bell has the record at 181) and is 10th in career receiving yards at 1,516 (Bell, 2,689).

“I think by the time JD leaves here, if he stays healthy, he’ll be the all-time leading receiver in Nebraska history,” Frost said. “And he deserves it; (he) makes plays.”