Coach Bo Pelini and the Huskers head to Blacksburg to battle Virginia Tech Saturday.
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Pelini Press Conference: Execution Key to Victory

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini said execution will be the key to winning this Saturday at No. 13 Virginia Tech. Pelini told the media at Nebraska's weekly press conference that execution - and not the challenges of going on the road for the first time this season - will be the key in Saturday's top-20 battle.

"It’s about performing," Pelini said when asked about the key to winning on the road. "It’s about executing your techniques and focusing in. We talk about it all the time, whether you’re at home or on the road you have to focus, you have to execute, you have to do what you are being coached to do play after play. I don’t even know how many people that stadium holds but they’re not playing. It’s 11 on 11 when you walk out on the field.”

Pelini went on to say that Nebraska is "absolutely" a better practice team that it was a year ago and that he expects the Huskers to execute better on Saturday than they did in last year's meeting with the Hokies.

"I think we’re better," Pelini said. "I’ve said this, I think we practice better. I think we practice more consistently with the right attitude and better focus and better tempo, all those things. Sometimes the level of execution isn’t as good as I want it, and I think sometimes that shows in the games. What we’re working toward is a consistent level of execution and with the right focus. That’s how you develop as a football team. It’s week two, we have to keep getting better and we’re going to need to play better in order to win this football game.”

Nebraska and Virginia Tech meet on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in a regionally televised contest on ABC. Virginia Tech is 1-1 on the season after winning its home opener last weekend with a 52-10 victory over Marshall. The Hokies' lone loss of the season came in a 10-point setback to No. 5 Alabama in Atlanta.

Nebraska's media luncheon takes place each Tuesday of game week and features Coach Pelini and several select Husker players. Complete transcripts of Coach Pelini's session with the media will be available throughout the season on, and past weeks can be accessed through the "Game Notes" section on the Football home page.

Complete Press Conference Quotes


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