"I'm embarrassed," said Pelini. I hope our guys are and they learn from it…We have our standards that we want to play by. Saturday we didn't feel like we played up to our standards. We are not a very good defensive football team. We are only as good as our last performance."
Pelini echoed the reality check statement by his young brother Bo earlier in the day. Did he think the Nebraska defense think too much of itself?
"You guys told our guys for six months how great they were going to be, and I think they bought into it," said Pelini. "You have to respect Division I opponents. Fresno State is a great football team. They out-executed us. I'm furious about our performance, and I'm embarrassed and I hope our players are too."
Abdullah honored for efforts
After his record setting day, Nebraska freshman running back Ameer Abdullah was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. Abdullah totaled 231 yards on eight totals returns.
"It's a great feeling especially to do it as a freshman in only the second game. I'm very humbled by the situation; 211 yards. I didn't even know I had broken the record. I was just playing. It's a great accomplishment for me."
Dennard return possible this week?
After Bo Pelini said Nebraska senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was getting close earlier in the day, Carl Pelini sounded optimistic.
Pelini indicated Dennard was working out and running very well today. The leg injury (pulled muscle) which is supposed to take six to eight weeks to heal, is at the five week mark.