Western Michigan Player Quotes
Nebraska vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008
Quarterback Tim Hiller
On his team’s slow start
"I guess it was a little bit of jitters, a little bit of lack of execution. We did not start fast, and we needed to get started from the get-go, and weather that storm of emotion that they had, and we failed to do that, so that was frustrating. But once we got going, there were a lot of positive things."
On what he took from the game
"We go back, we review the film and we look at the positives, and we build on those, and we keep doing those things, and we get corrected what we need to get corrected. We’ve just got to capitalize on a couple of opportunities. The defense set us up nicely twice, and we failed to get any points out of both those drives."
On the ball slipping out of his hand in the first quarter on the trick play
"I just didn’t get the laces. That’s my fault, there are no excuses. We had one open, and I didn’t get it done, so it’s my fault."
Safety Louis Delmas
On what the Nebraska offense was able to do
"The scheme they were doing, we went over it every day in practice throughout the whole week. We just didn’t execute it the way we should have."
On if he thought Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz was better than they expected
"He’s a great quarterback. We just lost contain as a defense and we just didn’t lock on as a secondary."
On how difficult it is to cover for so long when Ganz has a lot of time in the pocket
"Our secondary is a great secondary, and we’re taught to be able to cover eight to 10 seconds. So we take it upon ourselves to be able to cover for eight to 10 seconds, no matter whether the defensive line gets there or not. So that’s our fault and we take full responsibility for that."
Tight End Branden Ledbetter
On the offense’s production later in the game
"It seemed like we came out with jitters, and for some reason when that stuff’s not clicking, it seems like a lot of stuff doesn’t go your way. But you’ve got to come out there ready to go from the beginning. The second half a lot of stuff started to come together and we got in a little groove, but there’s really no excuse for what happened."
On if the crowd affected the team
"Not really, we’ve been in this type of environment before. It was a great experience, and really great fans, but I don’t really think that affects us much."