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Nebraska Football Lost Its Last Dance Partner Yesterday

There are statistics which hit home in regards to the state of the Nebraska football program. This one might hit the hardest.

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Something changed yesterday. Yes, Nebraska lost. Obviously, that is not the change.

Nebraska football used to have a dance partner and now it no longer does.

That dance partner was Kansas football.

Lance Leipold led the Jayhawks to a 37-16 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. That means the Jayhawks are going to a bowl game.

Why is that relevant? Well prior to yesterday, since 2017, there were only two Power Five teams which have not reached a bowl game.

Kansas and Nebraska.

Kansas is leaving the dance floor and unless Nebraska can win three in a row against Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa then it will find itself all alone.

That would be awkward.

It would also be awkward for the DJ who promised to play music as long as there was someone on the floor. How much longer will he have to play? One year? Two? Five years? The DJ isn’t sure.

It could be a while.

I am sure the DJ has a list of upcoming music that is queued up. It probably would look a little like the following:

One is the Loneliest Number - Three Dog Night
Hopeless Wanderer - Mumford & Sons
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday - Boyz 2 Men
What Hurts the Most - Rascal Flatts

And finally...

This Is The Song That Never Ends.

It may never end.

The Morning After

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Here are the final snap counts and grades for Nebraska’s offense against Minnesota, courtesy of PFF.

The Huskers finished with just 267 yards of total vs. the Gophers after outgaining them 151 to 31 in the first half.

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Sipple: Minnesota deals Nebraska more harsh reality
Nebraska linebacker Caleb Tannor always keeps it real. It’s a wonderful trait. “They came out in the second half and played harder,” he said Saturday, referring to Minnesota. “They wanted it more than us.”

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Things started as if it was going to be a picture-perfect Saturday for Nebraska against Minnesota.

The offense marched down the field on the Gophers for a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive. They followed it up with an 11-play, 50-yard drive to jump up 10-0 in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Gophers were forced to punt on all four first-half possessions. The half ended with a Ty Robinson sack on Gopher quarterback Tanner Morgan.

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This week on the Sunday Side Session Sam McKewon form the Omaha World-Herald joins Mike Schaefer to discuss Nebraska’s latest frustrating loss.

As expected the conversation starts at quarterback where the two dissect what led to Nebraska choosing Chubba Purdy before Saturday and then the in-game decisions that resulted in sticking with the backup, even after it was well apparent he struggled when things went off script.

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Nebraska scored on each of its first two drives, and then the Huskers' offense went AWOL. Minnesota rallied out of a 10-point deficit for a, 20-13 road win. Nebraska interim coach Mickey Joseph made a quarterback change, inserting Logan Smothers for the struggling Chubba Purdy, who started because Casey Thompson was still beaten up.

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Ty Robinson had announced his presence with authority.

The big Husker defensive lineman had a thunder shot on the opposing veteran quarterback that was the proper punctuation to end a first half when you hold a team to 31 yards, have three sacks and six tackles for loss. The Husker defense hadn't only shut Minnesota out on the scoreboard, it had shut down the Gopher offense almost completely.

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The $5 Bits of Broken Chair Trophy stays where it belongs