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Finally Able to Exhale and The Morning After: Minnesota

We have been holding our breath too long

NCAA Football: Minnesota at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

He saw it coming but let it happen anyway.

Scott Frost, the head coach of a team that was 0-6 going into the game, took what he said afterward to be “an inappropriate Gatorade bath.”

He had to say it. Gatorade baths are appropriate for coaches that win a championship. He followed up that comment by saying, “but there’s going to be a day around here when we’re celebrating more than one win.”

Those on the outside might laugh or mock a program for giving their coach a Gatorade bath after a win which brought their season record to 1-6.

Those on the inside, which include loyal Nebraska fans, who have been taking jab after jab this season probably thought that the Gatorade bath was not only appropriate but it was probably mandatory.

That win meant so much more than just the difference between 1-6 and 0-7.

It was the the exhale from the accumulation of a cancelled game, Martinez injury, not showing up against Troy, a severe humbling by Michigan, a “Yep, Frost was right, it did get worse before it got better” loss against Purdue, a same-old-thing beating by Wisconsin, and a “how did that happen?” loss to Northwestern.

Then the Minnesota game started. Nebraska started firing out of the gate to the tune of a 28-0 lead. I couldn’t help wonder how Nebraska is going to lose this one. I was mentally preparing myself for the loss.

That is what 0-6 will do to you.

Then Minnesota scored 22 straight points. Yep, here we go again.

Then Stanley Morgan made a play.

Well actually two plays. The senior from Louisiana caught a touchdown pass from Adrian Martinez before catching the important two-point conversion. The second catch might have been with one arm.

Unfortunately I couldn’t ignore the fact that while Nebraska was up by two touchdowns, it felt like the game was tied.

That is what 0-6 will do to you.

But as Stanley Morgan said after the game, “We weren’t going to take that ‘L’ today.”

And they didn’t. The defense got a huge 4th & goal stop and then a key red zone interception. The defense did just enough to let the offense take over the game. Which they did to the tune of 659 yards of total offense and 52 points. This is what the coaching staff has been selling to their players and fans.

Nebraska finally won their first game of the season and the players decided that their coach deserved a Gatorade bath.

That is what 0-6 will do to you.

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