Nebraska 10, OU 3 | Lincoln, Neb. | Nov. 7, 2009
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|| Head Coach Bob Stoops
"My congratulations to Nebraska and Coach Pelini and their staff. (Their) team played a hard-fought game and really played well, and had an excellent game defensively. Overall, just made the plays that they needed to to win the game. I thought it would have been hard for our defense to play a whole lot better. Offensively, we moved the ball quite frequently, but then didn't produce points. We didn't execute well enough or they executed better than we did in the red zone. We have a couple missed field goals and a blocked field goal. We had the ball, I think, the first three possessions inside the 50 to start the game and end up with nothing, zero points. You have to be able to make a field goal, protect the field goal, that changes things at the end of the game, where you feel you're climbing uphill and you have to have a touchdown. The one turnover really that killed us was the one that gave them the ball at the 1 or 2 yard line, and they end up scoring the one touchdown that was the difference in the game. Again, they did the job they needed to and we didn't."
On if he'd ever been apart of a loss when the defense plays so well:
"No, not much. You force 11 punts away from home, and I think they were 1-of-14 on third down, you feel like you've got a good chance to win the game. I would say the difference is (they got) the one turnover to set up their touchdown, and we didn't get a turnover. That's how close this game was, and defensively, we really did play well."
On the 4th-and-1 play at the end of the first half:
"We just felt that they would be really aggressive inside, and squeezing everything off. You felt you could get the corner, and we couldn't."
On if he still felt like the team could tie the game with 3 minutes remaining:
"Several of those drives in the second half we felt very positive. We were fairly consistently moving it. We'd just get behind the chains. You've got to credit them, on third or fourth down, we had our opportunity, and they made plays, they covered us or pressured us or whatever it was to get out of it. That's where we needed to be better."
On how much of the struggles was the inexperience of the players:
"Some of it may be, some of the field goal issues, you've got to be able to do it in games like you do it in practice, and we didn't. That you'd like to think is just some inexperience, haven't been out there enough, some of it you've just got to work and make improvements. Dumb penalties, we still have a lot of foolish penalties. Like I said, they're 1-for-14 on third downs, we had them 3rd-and-8 at about the 45 on one of the drives, and we have a late unnecessary roughness, it gives them a first down, and that's where they get the field goal. Instead of 7-3 there at the end of the game, you think you might be able to hit a field goal and have a chance, they have 10 now because of unnecessary roughness. We still make some foolish plays that way."
|| Senior LB Ryan Reynolds
On losing despite the great play of the defense:
"It's just frustrating, not just as a defense, as a team. Sometimes the offense is making plays and we're not making plays. Just working together as a unit, it's frustrating not to come out with the victory."
On what was said in the locker room after the game:
"We're going to keep fighting. We're not going to let anything come between us. We're fighting forward right now. We know where we are. We know what's going to be said. We're a family. We're going to keep fighting. Three games left."
On the goals for the team for the rest of the season:
"Win out and get to a bowl game."
On how hard it was to watch the offense fail to score a touchdown:
"It's frustrating to lose as a team. It's not on the offense or defense. We didn't play well enough together as a team and just couldn't come up with a win."
|| Head Coach Bo Pelini
On the win:
"I'm just proud of this whole football team. I'm proud of how they played. I'm proud of the effort, the attitude they brought to the game. I'm proud of everybody in there. I thought there was a good team there (Oklahoma). There were 87 total plays and they sucked it up and found a way and I'm proud of that team tonight."
"That's a good football team we played out there tonight. Make no mistake, Oklahoma is a hell of a football team. We found a way. That game could have gone a lot of different ways, but we just found a way to hang in there and hang in there. We made enough plays to win the football game. I take nothing away from them (Oklahoma), they played their hearts out, too. That defense with Oklahoma, that's the real deal. They played their tails off and they're to be commended also."
On how Coach Pelini feels after the win
"I feel good for those kids, I feel good for our football team. Forget me. This isn't about me. It's about those kids in that locker room and their fight, the way they hung together, and I'm proud of them."
On Matt O'Hanlon
"Matt has great character and resolve. He's one of the leaders, that's why he walked on the field tonight as a captain because he's earned that right."
On deciding to play Zac Lee
"It just felt right. Cody (Green) is a freshman, it's a good defense, there were a lot of things going on - it just felt like the right thing. Make no mistake about it, I have a tremendous confidence in Cody Green, but you have to go with your gut. I felt that way and Wats (Shawn Watson) felt that way. Trust me when I tell you, I still have a lot of confidence in Cody Green and what he does."
On Phillip Dillard
"I'm proud of Phil. He's played well the last few weeks. Let me tell you, he was man-to-man on those backs a lot of the time and those backs are special. He played like he's been playing. I can't say enough about him. He went through some tough times last year and he's persevered and showed he's a pretty strong human being. He has overcome a lot and I'm proud of how he's come through."
On the extra spark in the Nebraska football team tonight
"I think there was probably a little extra spark in the stadium. That's the best I've heard our crowd in a while. It was good to see. I think it brought extra energy to us. I thank the crowd. I'll be honest with you, it hasn't been that way this year. Tonight it was and I think it really helped our football team and I hope that continues."
On if this game was a statement game
"It's just one win. This game means nothing if we don't come back and go to Lawrence and take care of business next weekend. I told our football team, that game is over, enjoy tonight, be careful because I think the town might get turned upside down tonight. At the end of the day, you get back to business as usual tomorrow and go back to work."
|| Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
On what this win means to the program and the team:
"To me personally, it's a good win. It's one that is expected in my book. We're a great team and obviously Oklahoma is a great team, they played us tough. For me, that is part of the expectations. That is what I came here to do, play in big games and win big games. We're not playing to lose; there is no point in playing then."
On the electric atmosphere:
"The electric feel is amazing. I think our stadium is unique to that. It's one of a kind. I've never really been in a place like that, whether it's a big game or not. It's the same crowd noise and they are always going to fight behind us. That is something why I love to play here, being able to hear that. I get the `suh' so that is added. It's great to play under the lights and have the great crowd behind you."
|| Nebraska LB Phillip Dillard
On how it feels to beat his home state school:
"It feels great. We went out there and the whole team played with a lot of passion on both sides, offense, defense and special teams. My little brother was over there (on Oklahoma) watching so I had to show him who is boss. It was fun. I didn't get to play last year, so I had a lot of anger built up and I didn't get to help the team last year. My teammates played a heck of a game."
On what he said to his brother after the game:
"I said you all fought hard, I'm sore but we got this one. He said we did, but he still has four years left."
|| Nebraska QB Zac Lee
On if it feels good to be back:
"It feels good to win no matter how ugly that may have been. This is the best feeling I've had in football, to be honest right now."
On why it is such a great feeling:
"Just the way my teammates played and the way we hung in there as a team and kept fighting and the way we stuck by each other the entire game. We have some great guys on this team and we love each other. That really showed."
|| Nebraska DB Larry Asante
On how sweet this win feels:
"I give them all the credit in the world. They're a great team. They challenged us, but it's a great victory and we needed it. It's going to carry momentum when we go down to Lawrence next week."
On if how they disguised coverage's before the snap confused the Oklahoma quarterback:
"Yeah, I think it did. We kind of disguised our coverage's so he didn't really get a feel for who was in a run fit, or what of coverage's we were running. It just kind of threw them off a little bit, which cause them to throw some ill-advised passes."
On if they knew they had their offense on their heels:
"We knew we did, but we had to keep pressing because you have to respect the game of football. You never know what can happen, so we just kept our foot on the pedal and kept attacking them."