Arkansas State Coach Gus Malzahn
Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Arkansas State Head Coach
"We played a very good team, and the atmosphere was good. We got off to a decent start and then threw an interception down in there, and that took some momentum away. Really overall, even though they got a lot of total yards, defensively I think we played good. We got some turnovers and we had the chance to be in the game in the third quarter, and then we had to kick a field goal. The offense was stagnant to say the least in the second half, and didn't give us a chance to win."
On if he thought this was the second game in a row that the offense put up a lot of yards, but not a lot of points
"You know really I don't know if we had 300 total yards of offense today. But we had a couple of chances to get into the redzone, especially when we got that turnover (fumbled punt) and we could have made it interesting, but we had to kick a field goal which took away our momentum and gave them some."
On going for it on 4th down during the first drive
"Yeah we are going to be very aggressive, that is our mindset and you know we had it but did not execute. I want everyone to know this... in a game like this, we are coming here to win, and we will take chances at times, but strategically it did not work this time. But that is what I want from my team, and that is who we are."
On the double pass, if they underthrew the ball
"I don't really know, I think their safety made a good play, but I will have to watch film. It was a play they we practiced a lot, and he is a freshman and he will make a lot of plays for us in the future. I am sure he wants that one back, but that is how it goes. "
On the Arkansas State secondary
"Here is what you got to do when you play a team like them - you have to sit on the run. You got to take chances on the run. They are one of the best offenses in college football. They run the football so well. Anytime you put people in one-on-one situations it makes them tough. To answer your question, I am not concerned with our secondary. We put them in some tough spots because we had to, and I think those guys will improve. Just like I told the guys in the locker room, I think our defense played really well today, and played good enough to win the game by getting turnovers. We just didn't get it done offensively in the second half."
On if the team was tired at the end of the first half when NU drove down the field and scored
"Yeah they are a really good offense. They are big and physical and have a lot of speed."
On Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez
Yeah, he is a good quarterback. He is a great dual-threat quarterback. He can really run, and he throws the ball well, too."
On if he thinks the team missed golden opportunities
"Yeah, we were undisciplined in a lot of areas today, there is no doubt. We are a work in progress like I have said before. The good thing is, is that we are going to get better and we are going to learn from our mistakes. Once again we are playing a whole lot of new guys out there. In a game like this, if you make mistakes you are not going to give your team a chance to win the game, and we made mistakes."
On the defensive touchdown
"I thought it was a great play, especially right then. Our defense stopped, then we didn't get a first down and had to punt the ball away a couple of times, but that play was a great momentum boost for us. Like I said though before, probably the biggest disappointment of the game was our offense in the third quarter. Our offense didn't get rolling. We had opportunities though."
On how Nebraska's defense played
You know we didn't really get to play at our pace. The refs were standing over the ball a lot, and we didn't get the tempo we like. But they did a good job and had a good plan."