#14 Nebraska 51, #17 Oklahoma State 41
Boone Pickens Stadium (Stillwater, Okla.)
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini
On the offense bouncing back after poor performance against Texas
"Obviously, last week wasn't what we wanted. Really, that was a crazy first half. There were a lot of things that happened in that football game. I thought this football team showed a lot of fight; a lot of character in that game. We weren't perfect by any means, but I just told that team I'm proud of that group of guys for sticking together; fighting. That was a tough environment; that was a pretty tough football team we played. Like I said, we weren't perfect, but I thought we settled down and played a pretty good second half. First half, I thought we were a little bit sloppy, but made some plays. I thought the second half was pretty good and I'm proud of that group of kids."
On defensive adjustments in the second half
"We settled down, we tackled better; we just played better and made more plays. We gave up a bunch of big plays in the first half: we missed some tackles and just not playing the ball well down the field. They threw a bunch of - I don't know whether it was by design - but there were a lot of underthrown balls and we just didn't react well to them. We lost sight of the ball. It's one of our strengths: we usually do that very well. I thought we did a little bit better in the second half, except for that last touchdown. There were some good players over there, and in this game, you have to pick each other up. I thought that the times that the offense needed picked up in the game, the defense did it, and vice versa. It's a team game. We said going in, 'We've got to do what ever it takes to win the football game,' and that's what we did."
On if he expected Taylor Martinez to pass for 300 yards and five touchdowns
"You take what's there and if somebody's going to crowd the line - we had a good plan going in. I thought (Offensive Coordinator Shawn) Watson called a heck of a game. I thought he kept them off balance and took what was there. I thought Taylor read well and I think we executed our offense the way it needs to be executed. I thought Taylor really made good reads; he made good decisions. It's a team game and I thought everybody played well and made plays. Like I said, we weren't perfect, but there were a lot of good things. I thought we made a big step as an offense and as a football team."
On overcoming adversity
"We talked about it going into the game, no matter what happens, you've got to keep fighting. You've got to pick up for the guy next to you and the guy next to him, and no matter what, make some plays. Everybody in the game had their mistakes, I promise you, but everybody in that game that played today made some plays and did some things to help us win the football game. That's the way it goes, especially on the road, you've got to whatever it takes to win the game. I thought our kids had the right mindset. We started to get a little wide-eyed in that first half and things started reeling a little bit. They guys got their composure back together and kept fighting. Like I said, I give them a lot of credit for reacting the way they did."
Offensive Coordinator Shawn Watson
On Taylor Martinez
"Taylor Martinez grew up today. That's a good thing. It's a big step in his career. Today you got to see what we see every day in practice. He has a great arm and he can compete with his arm. He's just young. He's a redshirt freshman and he's never played at this level until now."
"So he's just getting better every time he walks out there. His confidence is huge. There's always going to be a performance that is a threshold performance that shoves you through the door and hopefully this was his today."
"He did exactly what he was supposed to do today. He was very poised. He was the eye of the hurricane. He found his way to a completion or he took off and ran."
Quarterback Taylor Martinez
On the passing game
"In practice we always pass the ball like that. Today we just showed everybody else that we can throw the ball like that instead of dropping back and running. My receivers did a great job of finding me and they made great catches."
On playing on the road
"I like playing road games. I like the atmosphere and the hostility. I think our team comes together as a unit more when we play on the road."
"I always have a lot of confidence in Niles (Paul). He's a great player and a great receiver. He hardly ever drops the ball with the exception of last week when we all played bad including myself."
Wide Receiver Niles Paul
"Last week was a humbling experience and I just came back to practice and got back to the basics and catching the ball."
"I was very proud of everybody from the offensive line to the running backs to the receivers. Everybody played hard and put points on the board and that's all that matters."
"We knew we would have a chance to take one back to the house. I saw the hole and thank God for my teammates because they got a blocks and opened me up. I didn't pay much attention to their fans. All I did was turn around and say 'God Bless.'
Defensive Back DeJon Gomes
"Any time you can go on the road in this conference and escape with a win it feels good, especially with the explosive offense that we faced today."
"I don't know if we really made too many adjustments. It was almost a pride factor knowing that our offense was putting points on the board but we were allowing too many points. Our offense was keeping us in the game. We knew we had to come back out in the second half and fight."
"All respect to [Kendall Hunter] but I wouldn't really say we were just trying to limit the big gains. He is a really good back. He found some holes and he hit them hard."