By NU Athletic Communications
Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr
On the game
"I just wanted to congratulate Bill Callahan and Nebraska and say I’m extremely proud of our football team, the way they played and competed this entire year."
On how the game developed
"Nebraska is an outstanding defensive football team and they did some great things. Turnovers were really monumental. Our defense was outstanding in the first half, made a couple mistakes but pressured the quarterback. I thought we gave our offense a lot of opportunities and we just couldn’t capitalize. I give Nebraska credit for that. They led the nation in sacks going in to this game. In the second half we did an outstanding job of protecting Chad (Henne)."
On quarterback Chad Henne
"I haven’t seen the stats but I think Chad did some great things. The last touchdown was a great drive. Three times he scrambled for some decent yardage. On the touchdown he made a very good run. He gave us a chance to win at the end."
On the instant replay
"I will say this about replay. If they’re going to have instant replay they have to have coaches’ challenge because otherwise you have a guy in the booth that nobody knows and he makes decision on whether a play should be reviewed and we get no explanation, and so then you use timeouts that you don’t get back. We lost the timeout on their touchdown and I saw clearly that the ball was dropped so that cost us a timeout. I think in terms of the rules going forward that [coaches’ challenge] has to be a part of it, because it’s only fair."
On one of the lessons of the season
"We have to be able to run the football. We haven’t been able to do that going back to the Wisconsin game. Defensively we have to find a way to keep them out of the end zone. College football has changed. Everyone has the ability to spread you out and it’s not easy to stop them for four downs. Certainly, our inability to close out games hurt us. Regardless of which side of the ball you’re on, those are the things that make the difference."