Coach said it: “In football, no one’s going to give you anything. You’ve got to take it. You’ve got to earn it. If you don’t have that kind of approach, it’s not going to work out well for you. Right now, that’s how we’re playing. We’re not playing with a type of attitude that you need to take to the field defensively. There has to be a sense of urgency every time you line up.” – Bo Pelini
Player said it: “(The start) was kind of the same, we’ve been coming out in the second half of games, and I don’t know how to fix it. I don’t know what to say to the guys. I don’t think anybody knows what to say. It’s just something where we have to come in with a mindset we’re going to stop them on the first drive three-and-out. That’s all you really can say.” – Randy Gregory
Greetings for Pelini: I expected fans to get loud when Nebraska came out of the tunnel after this long week, and they did. Even those who aren’t enamored with Pelini didn’t show it as the Huskers took the field. Good for the fans. It was a classy showing. “I never heard one negative thing from anyone on the sideline,” said senior tackle Jeremiah Sirles. “I remember running out of the tunnel at halftime, I ran right behind Coach Bo, and someone said, ‘We believe in you, Bo. We got your back.’ And a loud cheer from the section. That’s what I’ll remember from this game, is the fans and how they came out and supported us.”
The wide-open Legends Division: Who is the top dog in the Legends Division? No one wants to claim favored status, it seems. Everyone here knows about the Husker warts. Michigan State’s offense has as many question marks as Nebraska’s defense, as was once again evidenced by Sparty’s loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. Northwestern has looked as impressive as anybody, but didn’t exactly blow Maine’s doors off this week. And Michigan? A week after a goal-line stand to beat Akron, the Wolverines had to rally against a bad UConn team to win by three points. Minnesota is undefeated, but not a serious contender in my book. And Iowa? Going in the right direction, but also has a home loss to Northern Illinois on its resume. Every team in the division has some leaks. Who can plug them the quickest?
Emotional day: The week's toll in Huskerland was perhaps best summed up by Rick Kaczenski. The NU defensive line coach was overcome with emotion as he talked about the week and the impact it had on those around him. “We’re a family. You see how it affects everybody. We coach a game, but this affected people’s lives. It affected people’s lives that you care about ... ” Kaz’s voice cracked with emotion. He continued: “It’s just hard, man. This is a hard enough gig as it is. It’s about the players, as coaches, we’re all we've got, too. When you see people taking hits at you, it’s tough, man. It’s tough. But we’re resilient. It’s what we are.”