Lincoln- The Nebraska football team practiced for just less than two hours Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Fields as the Huskers finished preparations for Texas on Saturday. After practice, Head Coach Bo Pelini addressed the media about this week's match-up with the Longhorns.
"I thought it was a good practice," Pelini said. "I thought we had really good tempo, good attention to detail. There were still a couple of things to clean up. I thought it was a pretty good day."
Pelini was pleased with how the Huskers performed and progressed throughout the week in practice.
"I thought we had a good week of practice," Pelini said. "I thought we progressed as the week went on. Hopefully we're a better football team now than when we played Kansas State. I think we are and we'll need to be Saturday."
Pelini briefly commented on the status of linebacker Will Compton, saying the sophomore may able to contribute to NU's defense on Saturday. Compton has missed the first five games with a foot injury.
"He's available," Pelini said. "He's had a good week of practice and is feeling good."
With all of the hype and expectations around the game, Pelini has maintained the same focus throughout the entire week and his goals remain intact.
"I don't think they're any different this week than they have been any other week," Pelini said. "I hope we play better than we have every other week. I think we've practiced well, we'll find out. It's about execution on Saturday. It doesn't matter about the hype. It doesn't matter about the build-up or anything else. It matters how you execute, how you play your football. I think our guys understand that, I'm sure Texas understands that. It will be earned on the field."
The Huskers and Longhorns are scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. inside Memorial Stadium. The game is available to most of the nation on ABC with the rest of the country able to see the game on ESPN.