Did Nebraska Give Up?

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says the Huskers didn't respond well to adversity on Saturday night.

Nebraska senior cornerback Alfonzo Dennard said the Huskers needed to "compete more" and "not take plays off" on Saturday night after Nebraska's 48-17 loss to Wisconsin.

Immediately it made fans and the media question if some players might have quit on Saturday night.

At his weekly press conference on Monday, Bo Pelini said he doesn't think players quit, but might not have handled adversity well.

"We were playing well and then, boom, we didn't handle the end of the first half well. From that point, we got worse as a team. It just means we didn't respond well," said Pelini. "Somebody has to step up and make a play, we have to be together as a unit. We didn't quite do that. I thought we did earlier in the year. We didn't, for whatever reason, the other night.

On Monday, news also broke that junior running back Rex Burkhead addressed the team on Sunday, after a coaches meeting.

"It was nothing big. I just wanted to re-emphasize the process and the preparation during the week as well as focusing on the little things," said Burkhead. "The separation in those big games is the small details."

Pelini hinted to those small details also on Monday.

"I don't think we responded well to adversity. I just don't think we did. We did earlier in the year. We did well in the Washington game. It is interesting," said Pelini. "You can't practice everything you will see in a game. You'll always see something new. If you always say we will take care of these things and something different happens - OK. You apply roles and make adjustments."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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