Notable quotes from Nebraska’s 62-3 loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Head coach Mike Riley on how the Huskers will respond to the loss:
“Well, I think it will be up to both the coaches and the leaders on the team to really get back to a good week of practice and preparation and emphasizing the fundamentals of what we need to do to win a game. It’s been a couple of weeks since we won and of course this was in a whole different fashion than a game we’ve been in all year by a long shot. My thought is that this team will respond. It’s pretty raw right now to say that and I know it probably doesn’t look very good and how in the world would you know it. We’ve played through hard games, hard times, played our best ball in fourth quarters of games. I’m just going to continue to believe that that’s going to be the case and how we’ll respond to get ready for the next ball game.”
On the team’s goals:
“Our first goal is to win next week. The rest of it is still a possibility. Now, we don’t control our destiny anymore but that doesn’t mean we can’t win our division.”
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer on the game:
“I didn’t see that one coming. I thought — a lot of respect for Nebraska and their coach is a friend of mine. And their only loss a hard-fought overtime game last week. One of those back-to-back night games, so just the wear and tear. But just an A to Z very good performance by our guys.”
Wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp on moving forward:
“It’s tough. This was obviously a tough loss. We’ll learn from it and we’ll get better. It’s hard to put your finger on what was the problem sometimes but it’s just a tough game. Tough game. We’ll grow from it as tough as it is to look at. We’ll grow from it, we’ll learn from it. We’ll watch this film. A lot of people would wish to be 7-2 right now, so we’re keeping our heads up right now obviously, just moving forward.”
Safety Nathan Gerry on Nebraska’s performance against Ohio State:
“It was just bad football on our part, especially very early on. We gave a really good football team some opportunities. When you’re playing a good football team, you can’t do that and they took advantage of our mistakes.”
On whether or not he was surprised that Tommy Armstrong Jr. returned to the sideline:
“That’s just Tommy. That’s the Tommy I know so it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary for me.”
Kicker Drew Brown on what the team needs to do going forward:
“Move on. Learn from the film. There’s nothing we can do about it now. Obviously they played great and we didn’t come out prepared like we should have been. You’ve got to give them credit, but I’m still proud to be where I am and I’m proud to be at the university I’m at, so I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.