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    Northwestern vs. Nebraska Postgame Quotes

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    Oct. 20, 2012

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    Northwestern vs. Nebraska
    Ryan Field
    Oct. 20, 2012
    Postgame Quotes

    Northwestern Player Quotes

    QB/WR Kain Colter
    On trying to repeat his big performance from last year...
    "I never really know what's going to happen during the week. I was sure their defense was going to change a little bit from last year to this year, so we're not going to have the exact same game plan. They are going to try to stop some things that worked last year, and they did a good job of that. I was in some different situations than I was last year, but we just didn't go out there and execute. We didn't make plays when we needed to make plays."

    On the fourth-and-inches conversion that led to NU's fourth score...
    "Simple quarterback sneak. My center, Brandon Vitabile, is going to tell me which way he is going, usually to the tightest nose guard. I tried to get it in there at first, and they stuffed it a little bit. I rolled off to the right, and ended up picking up the first down."

    On moving on from this loss...
    "Just flush it. You're going to have highs and lows in this game of football. It's not the first game we've lost. Obviously, the fashion we lost is disappointing, especially when we felt we had control most of the game. We just have to flush it, you know, we've got some big games coming up ahead of us. We still have all of our goals in front of us. We're not in control of that anymore -- some things have to happen -- but if we play the way we're capable we'll still be in the conversation for the champion of this league."

    On trying to get in a rhythm while playing such a versatile role in the offense...
    "It's tough, but you can't make excuses. A bunch of guys are playing different positions. As far as getting into a rhythm, I feel like it's just a momentum kind of thing. Once you get that first first down, the release is off of you. Now we can go play, and get into our tempo, and that could really help us against a defense. I feel like our tempo, and how fast we play, really hurts them and slows them down. When you can't get first downs, you can't do that, and that's kind of what happened today."

    LB Damien Proby:
    On the near-interception that both Proby and David Nwabuisi got their hands on...
    "That play was just one of those freak things, two players breaking for the ball. We would like to have that ball, of course. I mean, if I could go back and change it I know that he would be there, but you can't leave anything in this game up to chance. We all have to fly to the ball, it's just something that happened on one play."

    On the last two Nebraska scoring drives...
    "The last two drives, they just made plays and we didn't. There is nothing more to be said. We were on top of every route, they just made plays and we didn't. We have to capitalize on that; we need to improve on that area of our defense."

    On whether the near turnovers in the fourth quarter were demoralizing...
    "I would never call being around the ball to make a play demoralizing. We just know that we are there; we know that those plays will lay up for us. If we keep focused and keep practicing the way we have been practicing, those balls will fall into our laps. You can't be mad that the person was on top of the ball at any given point in the game."

    Nebraska Quotes
    Head Coach Bo Pelini
    General comments on today's game...
    "Our defense played really well. The guys really understood the game; our preparation was complete. We had discipline and focus. Ciante Evans stood out, he was on [Kain] Colter most of the game and made good plays. There were a lot of positives, the guys really stepped up for injured players. The special thing is our fans. They travel, they make a big impact. For a second I thought I was watching a replay of last year's game. They [Northwestern] were real aggressive trying to stop our run game. But the passing game was available to us and we took advantage of it."

    On his gesture to fans chanting his name after the game...
    "I just really wanted to say thank you. I appreciated the fans' effort and what they did. What I really like about the fans was that they were in this, there was hope at the end of the game. We've got to keep working, we've got to keep getting better. Besides the turnovers, there were a bunch of third-and-shorts that we didn't convert. Those killed momentum and killed drives. Especially in those situations, I felt like we had a lack of awareness at times. And you look at the fourth-and-3. Should I have gone for it? I don't know. "

    On the two third-down back to back plays called back for penalties...
    "Just ridiculous, careless penalties in that situation. I don't fault the referees for calling them, they warned us. They warned our tackles. And when that happens, shame on us. The referees did their job."

    On WR Quincy (Enunwa)'s huge game...
    "I'm proud of him. Quincy was very good. He had a bad back at one point. He was feeling some burning sensations and some things going on in his shoulder. Next thing I know I look up and he's back in the football game. That isn't easy to do. Not only did he suck it up, but he went out there and made some very big, great plays."

    Nebraska Player Quotes

    QB Taylor Martinez
    On Nebraska's last two drives and touchdowns...
    "Everyone knew we were going to score a touchdown. We could feel it in our guts and throughout the offense. We knew once we had the chance, we were going to score again."

    On the frustration and fumbles of the first half...
    "It was a weird first half, just like last year. We had early fumbles in the game and somehow we had to come back. We felt like this last year and luckily we actually made a comeback this time."

    On how Nebraska can learn from this win...
    "[We need to] just not turn over the ball. We're killing ourselves. We're the ones that are stopping ourselves and if we don't stop ourselves, no one in the country can beat us."

    LB Will Compton
    On Nebraska needing to cut down on turnovers...
    "That's just what you have to do in practice; that was a big emphasis. When the ball hit the ground, we, as a team, would have to do up-downs or do something because it costs the whole team and we were good. It happened the first week of the bye week, one of those first days, and then after that they did well in practice. You just need to not put the ball on the ground."

    On the defense's ability to respond to adversity...
    "One thing we talked about defensively was that we can't worry about the outside stuff or what happens with the offense. We have to take pride in going out there another series and we get another opportunity to play team defense. One of the big things was when something goes wrong we have to keep our composure, we have to move on to the next play and have everybody take care of their responsibility. I think we did a good job with that tonight."