Notable quotes from Nebraska’s 27-14 win over the Purdue Boilermakers.
Head coach Mike Riley on Nebraska’s performance against Purdue:
“All right, this will sound like a little bit of a broken record. We are extremely happy to win the game. My feelings are Purdue came here and played hard and their intentions were to win. I think their quarterback is a real good player. He made plays, so did their team. We struggled in a lot of ways and we just had to stay with it. I thought we did settle down after the first quarter. Defensively we gave up big plays, it didn’t look very good in the first quarter. We became more consistent defensively as the game went on. Offensively, it was hit or miss all day. Not enough consistency, but enough plays to score and win the game.”
On the offensive line:
“It was probably a decision that was talked about as late as this morning. We’re pretty thin there right now, but we’re not going to talk about that too much because when we go out there we expect to look better than that and play better than that as a group, have some more consistency. I’m hoping that we will feel better and get healthier as we go. We’ll have to look at it closely. [David] Knevel has now started to come out of three games in a row, so we’ve got to look at all of that pretty hard.”
Defensive coordinator Mark Banker on the defense’s slow start and turning it around:
“We did not have a good practice on Tuesday. We came out lethargic and that’s the way we started the game. At the same time, bottom line was nothing changed. We just got back to basics and not try to do anything other than your job. Give great effort. The players were talking positive to each other and telling each other what had just transpired wasn’t acceptable and we ended up playing much better as the game progressed.”
Running back Tre Bryant on his 59-yard kickoff return:
“I should have made a move, cut it back inside. I saw it a little late. Once I saw I got past the kicker, I thought it was daylight. I kind of missed that a little bit.”
Wide receiver Alonzo Moore on his jet sweep touchdown:
“I was real close [to the sideline], but I saw my pinky toe; thank god my pinky toe is smaller than the rest of my toes.”
Wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. on Wisconsin:
“We want to prove something and this is the time to prove it. I have no… I don’t care what other people are saying. It’s a test that we need.”
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