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Tom's Takes: Did we witness a shift in Nebraska's offensive emphasis at Oklahoma?
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Tom's Takes: Did we witness a shift in Nebraska's offensive emphasis at Oklahoma?

Martinez, Johnson

Nebraska's Adrian Martinez hands the ball off to Rahmir Johnson in the Huskers' game against Oklahoma.

The Husker defensive back had a career high in tackles against Oklahoma.

Check out Tom Shatel's three takes after Nebraska's loss to Oklahoma.

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1. The Game of the Century tribute was short but appropriate because of the sweltering heat. The old warriors from both teams who showed up lined up in the end zone at halftime, with seemingly half of the crowd down in the concourse trying to rest and cool off. They were introduced as a group, waved to the crowd then were shuffled off to make way for the band. Too bad Tom Osborne wasn't able to travel. It would have been great to see him and Barry Switzer together. Maybe we can do that next year in Lincoln.

2. It felt like we may have seen a shift in NU's offensive emphasis going forward. The injury to Gabe Ervin and the sudden emergence of Rahmir Johnson has the running back committee in question. But they may give way to the Good Hands People, the three receivers and two tight ends who made play after play. Just one touchdown, but Adrian Martinez was spreading the ball around. NU outpassed Lincoln Riley and Spencer Rattler, 289-214 yards. It felt like Omar Manning's debut in many ways and certainly he turned some heads of those watching the broadcast. Will it continue? That's why we watch. And it felt like a new reason to watch.

3. All that fight the Huskers showed on this stage felt like a growth moment. And they said all the right things afterward about not being satisfied. But if there's maturity and leadership on this team, this is when it will show up. NU will be an underdog in the majority of its remaining games, but it feels like many of them will be 50-50 games won by the team that executes the best. Can Nebraska be that team? It's beyond time.

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