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Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Postgame Quotes
Bo Pelini
Head Coach

Opening statement
"Obviously we didn't play the type of football game that we wanted to and we lost because of it. I'm embarrassed by how we played today and I point the thumb at me first. We didn't play well in any phase of the game in my opinion. We were inconsistent, our fundamentals were lousy and that leads to bad things happening. I give UCLA credit, but I'm disappointed."

On seeing some things defensively going into this game that could be problems
"We didn't execute well, we didn't tackle well, we didn't do anything well on the defensive side of the ball. Many times we had opportunities for tackles for losses that ended up in long gains. Obviously I'm disappointed by how we played defensively. I'm embarrassed by how we played defensively and I point the thumb at me first."

On Nebraska's poor defense putting pressure on their offense
"You want to talk about a team loss, that's it. Defensively we didn't show up in the first half and offensively we didn't show up in the second half. You have to have each other's backs and it didn't happen. UCLA earned the win and we didn't earn it. We didn't deserve to win with the way we played and at the end of the day we have a lot of work to do. Everything is still out there for us for what we want to do this year because in the end we want to end up back here. We want to play our last football game out here. To do that, we have a lot of work to do. We've got to get better obviously."

On UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley
"I thought Hundley played well, and I thought we contributed a lot to that. But I give him credit. He did a good job."

On the difference for the offense between the first and second halves
"We didn't execute well in the second half. Really it looked like the same thing offensively in the second half from a bird's eye view of what we did offensively in the first half. It's a team game and we didn't deserve to win that game. We didn't make enough plays and that's players and coaches alike."

On how Taylor Martinez played
"Not good enough. But I can say that about every guy that walked out on that field tonight. I don't think anybody played well enough."

On the safety
"I think that's a call, obviously, that we want back. But once again we didn't execute. It was poor execution to say the least and a number of things contributed to that."

On if UCLA's defense made adjustments in the second half
"Not really. Believe me, there were yards out there to get. Obviously starting the second half with the fumble doesn't help, but there were points out there to be had. Anyone's going to make adjustments as the game goes along and we knew what they were doing. To me it starts up front. We didn't play well up front in the second half. We had drops, we had a lot of things. It was a team loss and a team effort there in the second half offensively. We had a breakdown here, a breakdown there and it adds up to not having any sustained drives."

On how much field position played a role in the second half
"It always plays a factor. I thought it hurt especially in the second half but you have to flip the field. You have to do that offensively and make some first downs. We kind of stood up there for a number of series defensively in the second half when they had the field position, but we just couldn't get anything going on the offensive side of the ball at that point."

On Brett Maher's missed field goal (second half) when the game was tied, 27-27
"It hurt us. We had a chance to take the lead and gain some momentum and it was disappointing."

On injured Rex Burkhead and his absence, availability
"There were enough breakdowns where I don't think it would've mattered. As good as Rex is, we didn't deserve to win that football game. Believe me, I wanted to win in the worst way. That was a team effort and we did not play well. I thought our backs played pretty well, other than the fumble from Ameer Abdullah. Not having Rex is not why we lost the game, and that's not taking anything away from how good of a player Rex is either, trust me."


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