They Said It: Southern Miss
Clearing out the notebook with some notes and quotes from the Saturday’s 56-13 win over Southern Miss:
Head coach Bo Pelini on true freshman Josh Banderas making his first start at MLB:
“It’s not easy to do. It’s not easy. The thing that struck me with Bando is that it wasn’t too big for him from the start. He’s got a great demeanor about him, and he understands the game and he’s really worked hard at it. He asks the right questions and he gets it. He gets football. He’s got a long way to go as a player, but I think his potential and his ceiling is very high. I think he can be very special down the road if he stays on course. I think we have a number of guys, I think the competition is making that group better. The competition we have during the week, because they know at the end of the day, you gotta put it on film during the week or your not going to be out there.”
Banderas on learning he’d make his first start late last week:
“I found out on Thursday during the walk-through. We were just stretching, and Coach (Ross) Els came by and said, ‘You’re with the ones.’ I kind of dropped a load in my pants, but I was kind of excited.”
Running back Ameer Abdullah on his 37-yard touchdown run in the third quarter:
“The O-Line got a really good push. They cut off the back side. The O-Line pretty much did all the work. The receivers were out on the perimeter all day. I do all the easy stuff. They do all the hard work. I tip my hat to those guys.”
Sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory on his first start for Nebraska on Saturday and his four official quarterback hurries on the night:
“I thought I was going to get a sack eventually, but I didn’t. Just like anybody, those hits are going to take a toll. I think it did. I think he did a good job of staying in there and taking the hits. I think with the interceptions, (that helped us out).”
Quarterback Taylor Martinez on his 26-yard touchdown pass to Sam Burtch in the third quarter. It was Burtch’s first catch as a Husker:
“When (Sam) Burtch came in the game last week, I threw the pick. But I was glad I could come back and throw the touchdown pass to him. I’m glad he got open and that I was able to get him the football.”
–Nebraska has now won 10 straight games at Memorial Stadium, dating back to the Nov. 5, 2011 loss to Northwestern.
–On the third play of the game, Stanley Jean-Baptiste stepped in front of an Allan Bridgford pass and raced 43-yards for a touchdown just 1:13 into the game. It was the Huskers’ quickest score in a game since scoring a touchdown 34 seconds into the Washington game in 2011. It was Nebraska’s quickest defensive score since Terrell Farley returned a fumble for a touchdown 7 seconds into the 1996 Texas Tech game.
–Ciante Evans two interceptions marked the first time a Nebraska player had multiple interceptions in a game since Matt O’Hanlon had three against Oklahoma in 2009.
–Linebackers Josh Banderas and Nate Gerry became the first true freshmen to start on defense since Ciante Evans in 2010.
–Quarterback Taylor Martinez pushed his career touchdown mark to 83 with three touchdown passes on Saturday. He is now just seven behind Nebraska’s all-time leader, Eric Crouch.
–The Huskers have now rushed for 200 or more yards in 14 of their last 16 games dating back to the start of last season.