Nebraska vs. Oregon, 9/9/17

Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee (13) looks for an open receiver as Oregon linebacker Jonah Moi (3) defends during the first quarter on Saturday at Autzen Stadium.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Nebraska starting quarterback Tanner Lee met with the media after Tuesday's practice, and said the message Mike Riley delivered at his Monday press conference had been received.

Riley said Monday that NU's players should be "sick" about their performance in a 42-35 loss at Oregon after watching film.

"I think that's exactly what happened. It was a tough film to watch, tough thing to swallow, but it's just something you've got to do and move past it, take all the positives you can from it and make sure we use it the rest of the season," Lee said. "We watched the film, learned a lot; we were extremely excited to get after it this week, and it felt good to get back out on the field playing again after a tough loss. So it's just full steam ahead into Northern Illinois."

Asked if there were any throws against Oregon he'd like to have back, Lee spoke like a player in his fourth year of college football.

"Absolutely. There's throws in every game you wish you could have back, but the truth of it is, you can't get it back. You've got to forget about it and move on, learn from it, don't let it happen again, and just figure out ways to make those throws," Lee said.

Lee expected a good test from Northern Illinois' defense, a unit that ranks 21st in the nation in total defense and 38th against the pass.

"Immediately what jumps off is that they're a good, sound defense. They mix up their coverages a lot. I think it will be another good challenge for us," Lee said. "We had a good practice today and focused on some third downs and stuff like that, so the past few practices have been good since coming off that (Oregon) game."

Echoing what offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said Monday, Lee said the NU offense has shown flashes of what it can be, but needs to develop more consistency despite scoring 43 and 35 points in its first two games.

"A couple times (against Oregon) we had five or six play drives where we went right down the field and scored. And we showed those flashes of, hey, that's really good. That's where we want to be. So that's a good thing we got to see on film," Lee said. "(But) we've got to play consistently. I think we've shown it in spurts what we're capable of, and how quickly and explosive we can score and how good we can be."

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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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