Taking care of the football

Six turnovers later, the Golden Eagles are looking for answers heading north to Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Six turnovers later and Southern Miss is 0-1 on the young season, losing to Texas State 22-15 on Saturday night.

The Golden Eagles threw two interceptions and put four balls on the ground, giving the Bobcats plenty of chances for good field position.

If Nebraska gets those same opportunities this Saturday, the Huskers will likely cruise to an easy win with a strong offense anchoring them.

"You can drop a pass, you can have a missed assignment, we don't need a bunch of them, but if you turn it over, you're not going to win," said Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken. "There's just one part of the game that you will not win, I don't care who you play. And at the end of the day, it's sad … I've never been anywhere we spent more time on it and obviously we didn't spend enough time on it because we didn't get it done and that's our fault and our players fault. We have to take ownership in that and we have to be better."

"We had enough explosive plays to win the game. We didn't score enough touchdowns in the score zone. That's something we have to get fixed. We played well enough on defense to win."

After watching the tape, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini feels the Golden Eagles have an explosive attack.

"They are a good football team. I know they turned the ball over, but they threw for a lot of yards. Very good at the skill positions,: said Pelini. "They have a quarterback that can sling it. They are very good at the wide receiver position. Good skilled people and very aggressive on defense. They are a fast defense that plays very aggressively. They are obviously better than the score they put up the other day. That is going to happen anytime you turn the ball over that many times."

Despite losing to a non-BCS team on Saturday night, Southern Miss is excited to face the No. 22 Cornhuskers.

"I think they're excited about going to Lincoln and seeing where we're at," said Monken. "I think we've got a good football team. We didn't show it, the consistency we want, in a number of phases. Not just offense, but also the special teams and some the ‘I' violations we had on defense."

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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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