UW Post Game Quotes: Bo Pelini

The Huskers are 3-0. It's what Bo Pelini wanted to remember after Saturday afternoon's victory.

Opening Statement:
"It was a good win. A good win for our football team, and I'm excited about being 3-0. I just told this team, the beautiful part about it is there's a lot more out there for us. We can get a lot better in every phase. I'm seeing some progress, we just need a little bit more consistency. I think our young guys are coming of age a little bit in some areas. That's a good win against a pretty good football team. They threw a lot at us."

On if he learned anything about his team, especially after halftime
"Absolutely. I thought that the two-minute drill at the end of the first half - taking the lead to go into the half and then carrying the momentum into the third quarter. I love the way we came out as a football team to start the second half. I don't like the way we finished. Defensively, I thought we relaxed a little bit. We did a couple boneheaded things there at the end. I like where we are right now. We're 3-0, and the process continues. We'll keep getting better, there's no question in my mind."

On the five-minute span that began the third quarter:
"I love their approach with the way we came out. We came out, we wanted to make a statement. We talked about it in the locker room - to come out and impose our will on those guys to start the second half. I thought our defense responded well, with getting a three-and-out and then our offense took the ball right down there and scored. That was a big way to start the second half. Like I said, that's a good football team we played out there today. I have a lot of respect for them."

On the play of the offense:
"Absolutely I thought it was a good mix. I thought we spread them out. I thought we had them guessing all day. I thought that Coach (Tim) Beck called a great game. There was physicality. We ran the ball at them, we threw the ball, we kept them off-balance. We execute like that, it's pretty hard to defend us. We've got some guys that can make plays, there's no doubt about that."

On the improvement of the offensive line:
"I thought they played really good out there today. I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage. I thought we ran hard, I thought our backs ran hard. That's a good combination."

On his thoughts on the play of the defense:
"You know, they threw a lot at us. That put us out of position at times. They gave us a lot of things that were different, that we weren't quite expecting. But yeah, tackling could be better. I thought we responded well early. I thought they kind of had us reeling a little bit early. I thought some of our young guys got a little bit out of sorts. But then I thought we settled down. I thought we did a good job up until early in the fourth quarter. I thought once we kind of settled in, we were OK. We kind of withstood the onslaught, and we knew it was going to be that way. We knew they were going to run their script and they were going to give us some things that were different. I think our guys, especially defense, might have been a littled too keyed up to start the game. You gotta find that happy medium. Like I said, I thought we settled down and played pretty good football for a while. Obviously, the short fields at the end of the game didn't help us. I didn't call a great game in the fourth quarter. I thought they were going to come out and start throwing the football, so I kind of turned our D-line loose a little bit and was saying, 'OK, go ahead, run the ball.' If we would've just tackled better, I thought we could just use some clock. I didn't really care about points at that point."

On the play of the running backs:
"Yeah, I love the way Rex (Burkhead) ran today. I thought Aaron (Green) ran great, I thought Braylon (Heard) did some nice things. I feel good about our backs. You saw that fullback carrying today, that was pretty special. (Tyler) Legate looking like John Riggins going down the right-hand side. It was pretty cool. Like I said, I'm pretty happy about the win. I'm looking forward to the evening off."

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