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Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
11/04/2006
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Opening Statement
"This was a good game for our team. I'm really proud of our players and coaches. They did an excellent job preparing the squad and performing today. I thought it was an excellent win -- another (Big 12) North win for us. We put ourselves in a pretty good position, but we still have to take it one at a time and focus on our business on the road as we get ready for Texas A&M."

On the new defensive package shutting down Missouri's tight ends
"(The tight ends) had a lot to do with the internal play and their insert runs and their ability to mirror the quarterback. (Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel) is a dangerous weapon for them; he has shown the ability to run the football out of their package. I thought we did a good job neutralizing the big play off the jailbreak screen, which was huge."

"I think we played good, tight coverage. I thought the rush was good. I thought we played good team defense. We just wanted to keep (Daniel) moving his feet and not allow him to settle in and set his feet and make decisions. I thought our rush provided some great complements to what we were doing in the coverage game."

On utilizing I-back Brandon Jackson for a career-high 32 carries
"We wanted to run, and I thought we did a good job doing that. Our line provided some excellent blocking, and there were some good holes and hard running. You get into those personnel groupings that we did today, and we saw a lot of eight-man box, nine-man box, and we just try to keep pushing and try to provide some holes for our backs."

On the pass play by wide receiver Maurice Purify
"We've worked on it quite a bit. It came right after the reverses, so we thought it was a good time to call it to try to get them to respond to back-to-back reverses. Maurice Purify can throw a great ball. He did a nice job. It was a great throw. It was just time to let it go. It was in the right field position and couldn't have been any more opportune."

On the special teams
"We address everything on special teams every week. I was really encouraged by the way they responded in coverage. I thought our kick unit played well. The punt return was very solid, and I think overall, we did a better job. We can still get better with our kickoff return, but I like the way we kicked the ball off the extra-point and field goal. It was encouraging to see (placekicker) Jordan Congdon bounce back."

On the offense's performance against Missouri
"This is the best we've played offensively since Colorado. It was more complete in that respect, and it was against a quality opponent and a defense we have tremendous respect for. To come out of a game against Missouri sackless is a credit to the offensive line and what they accomplished today. They're a tough team to attack, and you don't want to allow them to get into a flow to rush the passer and blitz because that's their strength. They blitz as well as anyone in the country. They put a lot of heat on people."

On creating early turnovers
"They were huge. Any time you can create the turnover and capitalize on the short field, those are huge. You just can't put a price on that. They're invaluable, they're timely. For your defense to play big in a big game like this and come up with those types of plays, sure provides a lot momentum and confidence for our offense."

On the play of linebacker Bo Ruud
"I saw Bo come up big with (an interception and a fumble recovery). He has a knack for the ball. He has great instincts, great anticipation. That's not a surprise. I'm really happy for him that he could provide the contribution that he did."

 

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