Nebraska Player Quotes

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Nebraska vs. Troy

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006

Memorial Stadium

Safety Andrew Shanle
On the defense shutting out Troy
"It’s always a goal in the back of our minds, and it’s definitely nice to see the goose-egg at the end of the game. It’s just icing on the cake to get the shutout after playing so well."

On his first career interception
"I just read the quarterback’s eyes on the play, and saw him chuck it up. I just went for it and wound up with the ball. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way."

On whether he could tell Troy was tired after playing games at Georgia Tech and Florida State
"When we watched the film against Georgia Tech and Florida State and how they went down to the wire with both teams, it definitely opened our eyes. We didn’t overlook Troy for a second. They have great team speed. We just wanted to wear them down and make a statement in the first two quarters. We wanted to get the game over with by halftime, but we also have to learn to finish teams out, which we did tonight."

On going into conference play with a big win
"Our goal is to win the Big 12 North, and the shutout only gives us momentum going into conference play."

On how they responded in practice this week after the USC loss
"We turned on the film right away, and we saw formations that you don’t see every day. The scores they had against FSU and Georgia Tech threw up a red flag, and we knew we couldn’t take them lightly. Coach (Bill) Busch said that we were the most in-tune this week in practice than any other week this season. We had everyone dialed in and it showed."

On their success against the short pass as opposed to previous years against teams like Texas Tech
"We learned from our failures, and worked hard to adjust to that style of play. We sent a message to future opponents that they can’t throw the bubble routes and quick screens with much success."

Quarterback Zac Taylor
On erasing the USC loss from their minds
"It’s good to put it behind us, and we responded well after coming back from a loss. We went into USC expecting to win, but you have to put it behind you and focus on the next opponent."

On the several long pass plays
"We saw that they were playing soft coverage, so the long slants would work. It wouldn’t have worked without all the time that I got from the O-Line; that was the key to those big plays."

On winning big going into conference play
"It was good to see everyone play tonight. We gained lots of confidence and momentum from tonight’s win. We came out on a mission and really set the tone for conference play."

On the physical play of the offense
"We worked a lot on the run last week, and it carried over to this week. Our offensive line was very physical, they dominated the line which opened up holes for the running backs and gave me time to throw the ball."

On Marlon Lucky’s play
"He’s really matured since his freshman year last year. He’s moving well, seeing the cuts better, and just letting everything happen. Everything has seemed to slow down for him, and he’s fun to watch."

On passing Tommie Frazier and Turner Gill on all-time passing chart in the game
"It’s an honor just to be mentioned in the same breath as those two. But it’s more important to lead the team to a conference title like they did."

Wide Receiver Terrence Nunn
On his 100-yard receiving day
"It felt real good to have 100 yards. We threw the ball a lot today. We mixed it up and it felt real good."


On the offensive balance
We had an outstanding running and passing game, everything just seemed to click. It's crazy how balanced we were today. It will help us out later on because the (opposing) defense won't know what we're going to do. We'd love to have the offensive balance every week. We just clicked tonight. The coaches had a great game plan, too."


On the offensive balance
"We knew it was going to be a tough game. They're used to playing on the road. They almost beat Florida State and if they can keep up with Florida State (they can keep up with anyone). We worked real hard and we knew we had to produce big plays. Our confidence is really high."


Defensive End Jay Moore

On the pass rush and its impact on the cornerbacks

"They sat back and tried to throw the ball and that gave us enough to time to get (to the quarterback). Most teams try to get the ball away quick, but they tried to pick us apart a little bit and that gave us time to get pressure. We wanted to get after the quarterback as much as we can. It helped (the secondary) out a lot. When we get pressure, they can run base coverages."


On playing Kansas next after losing to the Jayhawks last season

"It was a bad feeling after last year's loss. It was a long bus ride back from Kansas. We learned a lot from that game though and got a lot better and it carried through the rest of the season."


Defensive End Adam Carriker
On the pressure the Huskers’ applied to Troy quarterbacks

”I’m mad I only had one sack. I don’t know how they kept getting the ball off right before I got there. We hit him (Omar Haugabook) hard, but he kept getting up.


On Nebraska’s pass rush
”We haven’t had a whole lot of chances to show what we can do. Nicholls State ran the ball a hundred times, and USC threw the ball quick. This is really the first chance we’ve had. Even Troy threw a lot of quick stuff.


On the positives from the game

“Playing the way we did. We played well in all three facets, offensively, defensively and special teams.”


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