Notable quotes from Nebraska’s 56-14 loss to Ohio State.
Mike Riley on if this season is a rebuilding year:
“I will say that every season and every team should build. The actual goal is to win all the games, but as you go, you would like to think you’re getting better through the year playing your best ball as you go. Like I said, I know this didn’t look like that but I do think there are parts and individuals that are. So, I think that’s what we always have to do, I don’t think it really changes anything about that except it’s just for the situation that game, that’s an evident topic to me about our team. They’re going to expect me and the coaches to have something for them Monday that they can use to have some real confidence going forward that we’re going to go win. This is what I like about our profession, this is where all the teaching part comes in.”
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on 41 first downs and converting eight third downs:
“I thought our guys played very well, when I look up at the scoreboard and see a very balanced offense, that’s what our goal is. Our goal is a 250-250 game and we’re getting those kinds of performances in the last few games. We are very well aware of what’s coming down the pipe here. Very mature team, we have some very good leadership on this team with (senior DL) Tyquan Lewis and (senior DE) Jalyn Holmes and some of those guys, they’re really strong leadership on this team.”
Tanner Lee on fan support:
"I mean, that's not what the fans want to see us go into half losing like that, but I do appreciate the fans that stayed, and I love playing in front of those people. It was still loud. I'm still amazed by our fans, especially today. They are a big reason we work hard. We want to play well for them. We didn't do it today, so that's tough and that hurts us, but it'll give us motivation for this next week and the week after."
Chris Weber on what he can do to help the team:
“Just the same thing I’ve tried to do since I’ve been here. Put your head down, come to work. I’m in a position to lead and I’m going to do that. I’m going to finish this thing out. I’m going to lead these guys the best that I can.”
Mohamed Barry on the emotions of the team and himself:
“My emotions? Upset, of course. We have pride and you love football and you love this university and you love the game, so you never want to lose like we did. But again, you just have to suck it up and get better because at the end of the day, it’s the next game. This game is done and right now I’ve just got to suck it up.”
Ohio State linebacker Jerome Baker on shutting down Nebraska’s offense in the first half:
“We pride ourselves on defense so anytime we are out there, we don’t want any yards. We pride ourselves on that. Even when the young guys go in, we don’t want any yards. We have some room to improve but it was a good start.”
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.