Notable quote from Nebraska’s thrilling 25-24 win over Purdue.
Mike Riley on the team showing fight:
“I was really proud of them. I’ve said all along I really like this team. We didn’t play perfectly at all as we know and a lot of rough spots, but the kids never blinked, neither did the coaches, they kept working at it. I think there was always the confidence that we could move the ball — I’m not sure exactly if we could ever really find consistency on the ground, but we always thought we could get to a point where we could move the ball. As games like that go, some of the stuff defensively gets harder too. They had a pretty good mixture of stuff that they found that was pretty good, but then our defense rose up and made some plays that were just outstanding.”
Bob Diaco on winning a tough game:
"Winning football games is a real challenge in 2017, you could look all over the country. To come on the road in the Big Ten, to strain against all odds, against ALL odds, all odds, it’s been a challenge. The players are in love with their university, they’re in love with each other and they’re in love with football and serving on defense and they were able strain for as long as it took. Every second of this game the game was on the line and they strained the whole time and got the win. Kudos to them. It’s awesome."
Chris Weber on what not quitting says about this team:
“It says we want to play for this coach. We’re going to fight for him. We’re going to fight for the guys in the locker room. I know as seniors, we’ve got four games left together. I’ve got four games left in my college career, that’s my button I’m pushing to fight. You know, and even during the bye week, guys were practicing hard and good things are going to happen like tonight when that happens.”
Tanner Lee on the feeling going back out there with the game on the line:
“I think it was a little disappointing not to get it done on the drive before, but when it mattered most our defense got a stop, did their job, got us the ball. We knew it would be tough with no timeouts but I think everybody wanted to get it done and I think everybody knew we could. All game we were kind of right there, right there but we couldn’t get in. We were finally able to break through when it mattered the most. That was just a great team effort.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.