"In this world, you can get humbled in a hurry. We got humbled last week," said Pelini when asked about Saturday's 42-29 victory over Fresno State. "At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what people say you are – you have to put it between the white lines. I don't care who you are.
"We did not execute. We didn't play well and anything else is an excuse – plain and simple… It had a lot to do with us. That will get fixed, because we know how to fix it."
Nebraska, currently ranked No. 10 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll, was down 17-14 at halftime to the WAC opponent. Fresno State redshirt freshman quarterback Derek Carr orchestrated 444 yards of total offense and controlled the time of possession by nearly 15 minutes.
"I think every now and then, you have to get smacked in the face and have a wake up call," said Pelini. "When people are telling you how good you are, you need a reality check.
"You are only as good as your last snap, hopefully the guys learn that now… Do I think we played with an edge Saturday night, no."
It wasn't just Carr's 254 yards and no interceptions through the air that upset Pelini, but also Fresno State running back Robbie Rouse's 169 yards on the ground.
"There was one running play that hurt us, but we didn't play well," said the 4th year head coach. "We blew some coverages, we didn't play with great technique, we didn't play with great effort.
"We didn't play near to the standard we have set around here - plain and simple. We didn't live up to it the other night."
Nebraska hosts (2-0) Washington at home on Saturday. The meeting between the schools is the third in the last 12 months. After Nebraska blew out the Huskies in the regular season, Washington defeated the Huskers in the Holiday Bowl.
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