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Tom's Takes: It's starting to look like Nebraska will be home for the holidays

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Nebraska's Samori Touré walks off the field after losing their game to Minnesota.

Sam recaps the Huskers' loss to Minnesota.

Check out Tom's takes from Nebraska's loss to Minnesota.

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1. I'll be home for Christmas

Nebraska is trending toward being home for the holidays for a fifth straight year, and fourth under Scott Frost. The Huskers, 3-5, need to win three of their final four to get to bowl eligibility. That means going 3-1 against Purdue, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa. Yeah and pull this leg and it plays "Jingle Bells." Anything seems possible when this team plays well. But Saturday threw us for another loop. Nebraska's early no-show in this one put the Huskers in a hole they couldn't climb out of in a must-win game for a shot at a bowl. It's not over yet, but this one hurt.

2. Right call, wrong play

Frost went for fourth down on the 3-inch line in the third quarter and it was the right move. Given Connor Culp's wild unpredictability, going for it seemed a no-brainer. The problem came when they lined up in shotgun, giving enough room for something bad to happen. That something was Jaquez Yant slipping and falling short of the goal line. When you have a quarterback as big as Adrian Martinez, put him under center and sneak it. Frost said Minnesota had shown a penchant for being tough to move in the middle, but if you're Nebraska and you need a yard or less, you've got to be able to get that.

3. Thoughts and prayers

Our hearts go out to defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, whose father died in a one-car accident Thursday. Chinander made the trip and coached in what was an emotionally tough weekend for him and his family. I went through the loss of a father several years ago and I remember work got me through the initial pain. I'm sure being around his football family helped this weekend.


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