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Nebraska vs. UCLA - 9/8/2012

Nebraska linebacker Will Compton (51) celebrates a defensive stop against UCLA in the second quarter at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

He’s the quarterback of the defense, a senior linebacker who would like nothing more than a championship run during his final season as a Husker. Along the journey, we’ll get some insights from Will Compton each week. Obviously last week’s trip to Pasadena was not at all was hoped for this Nebraska team. Here’s what Compton had to say coming off off the team’s 36-30 loss to UCLA:

“We’re embarrassed about it. That’s really the only word for it. I know I am. I know defensively we are. But yeah, we’re definitely going to be anxious to get out there. I can’t say it enough: We have to get better in all three phases. That’s on us.”

“It’s unexpected adversity. We didn’t expect to lose this early in the season. We definitely didn’t plan on it, but we did. We’re faced with adversity right now. We’re going to see how we respond this week. But you don’t go that hard all offseason and do the things we did this offseason just to hang your head and start calling it quits this early.

“It doesn’t remind you of a (past) game. It just reminds you of the bad taste in your mouth of losing, especially when you don’t execute well. That’s what hurts the most about it is knowing that we could have done better executionwise, X’s and O’s-wise, tackling. You just hate knowing that you beat yourself a lot of the times.”

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(About the team tackling troubles)

“Sometimes guys are trying to make a big hit. The ballcarrier’s just not going down and then they realize that they probably should have wrapped up better or broke down more or ran their feet better. I think maybe at times we go for bigger hits than we should. But I think we’ll do better.

(About playing in the Rose Bowl)

“It was pretty cool the tradition it holds and everything. It was a good feeling, but left with not so good of a feeling. Our goal’s to get back there and we just have to keep on pushing on and go back to work this week.”

Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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