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The Huskers didn't hide their disappointment Saturday, but by Monday morning it was time to turn the page and move on from that heartbreaker in Colorado.

LINCOLN — Sometime around 6:24 p.m. Sunday, Nebraska’s 24-hour rule went into effect. The window for wallowing was officially over.

Many Huskers said Monday that they needed every minute after blowing a 17-point lead in an overtime loss to Colorado. They brooded. Everyone felt like they had an extra carry-on for the short flight back to Lincoln.

“That 24 hours is up and now it’s time to get to work,” NU right tackle Matt Farniok said. “You gotta throw away your feelings and you gotta keep attacking.”

Past Nebraska teams have allowed crushing defeats — and Saturday’s outcome was certainly that — to linger for weeks like a bad hangover. The CU loss last year was the first of six straight to open the season.

The Huskers on Monday insisted that their jarring experience in the mountains won’t affect their upcoming slate. For one thing, the offense and defense played a high-level first half, maybe even three quarters’ worth. There were lots of positives when coaches and players reviewed the film. That wasn’t always the case in coach Scott Frost’s first season.

“Last year at this time, we kind of just rolled up in a ball, not finishing,” tight end Austin Allen said. “We’ll learn from it, though. We’ll play all four quarters.”

Defensive lineman Darrion Daniels, a grad transfer from Oklahoma State, said OSU coach Mike Gundy always told his teams the only way to move past a loss is by winning. Getting a home victory against Northern Illinois this weekend can be the tonic Nebraska needs to boost morale and move on completely.

Heads have been up the last couple of days, cornerback Dicaprio Bootle said. Many of his teammates agreed that Monday was their best start-of-the-week practice all year. If they needed any more convincing that Northern Illinois deserves their full attention, just look at how the Huskies hung with now-No. 11 Utah for much of their game Saturday night. Or how they upset Nebraska two years ago in a pick six-fueled shocker at Memorial Stadium that cost NU’s athletic director his job.

“We’ve got Northern Illinois coming in here,” Bootle said. “Last time they were here, they put our face in the mud, and we weren’t happy. That’s something to be mindful of.”

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Other signs around the sixth-floor press box indicated players are abiding by the one-day rule and moving on. Some were subtle, like tight end Jack Stoll cutting his mullet in the wake of NU’s first loss. Others were more obvious, like linebacker Mohamed Barry taking a page out of last week’s bold talk.

“No one’s going to care about Colorado when we’re in the Big Ten championship,” Barry said.

Nebraska’s thin margin for error was on display Saturday, Frost said. Of the four drives the Huskers engineered without a sack, penalty or tackle for loss, all resulted in scores. For the offense, it’s about being more efficient rather than overhauling schemes, personnel or effort. Getting that first first down — as obvious as it seems — is even more important for Frost so he feels comfortable moving up-tempo with enough time to set up one play with another.

The defensive group looked fatigued late, Frost said, and conditioning will continue to improve over time. But the front seven is showing vast improvement from last year, allowing just 2.12 yards per carry (12th nationally) with 19 tackles for loss (tied for 11th).

Nebraska also has seven takeaways, which trails only Arizona (eight) among all FBS teams.

“A lot of good things happened in the game,” Frost said. “We’re all heartbroken and disappointed. Nobody’s more disappointed than the coaches and the players. But I love how the guys responded today.”

Stoll said that collective response comes from a confidence players have in Frost and his process. And all those offseason grind sessions show up now, when guys want to play for one another more than themselves.

Maybe, Farniok said, Saturday’s gut punch was what the Huskers needed to understand themselves a little better. Their quarterback thinks the prospect of improving outweighs the temptation to pout.

“We should be ready to play,” Adrian Martinez said. “Coach Frost does a great job of that, of preparing us, and all our coaches (do). We will be ready.”