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Blackshirts, Special Teams Lead NU to Win

By NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith led the Blackshirts up front with two tackles for loss including one sack.
Nebraska defensive tackle Le Kevin Smith led the Blackshirts up front with two tackles for loss including one sack.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Missouri Player Quotes
Quarterback Brad Smith
On the absence of running back Damien Nash
"It didn’t have much of an effect. The guys we had running today made good yards."

On Missouri’s struggles running the ball
"It is frustrating, but you have to find a way to move the ball."

On Missouri’s struggles passing the ball in the first half
"Nebraska had great coverage on us in the first half."

On questionable audible calls
"It’s kind of give or take. You just have to find a way to bust a big one after you audible."

On the offense’s attitude after going six quarters without a touchdown
"For my part of it, as a leader, you have to find a way to make more plays."

On failing to force a turnover
"We knew we needed to get turnovers. You have to create turnovers to win games."

On MU’s offensive struggles
"It’s frustrating, but no one is placing any blame. You just have to do more and try to make plays."

On NU’s defensive scheme
"It was relatively basic. They were dropping their safeties five or six yards off the ball."

Defensive End Xzavie Jackson
On the game
"We were ready to fight for 60 minutes. We just didn’t have stuff go our way. "

On Missouri’s attitude after this game
"We know what we need to do. We just need to keep working, move on to next week, and learn from our mistakes."

On Missouri’s defense
"We did a good job until the end. On that 86-yard touchdown run, it seemed everyone gave up. There’s nothing we can do about that now."

On the struggles of the offense affecting MU’s defense
"As a defensive player, I don’t get to see the offense too much. I could tell it was hard for them, with all those three-and-outs. Our defense got tired. But that’s the way life goes."

On absence of running back Damien Nash
"I don’t think it was too big a deal. We have a great backup running back (in Marcus Woods), and Tony Temple did a great job. We missed having him here as a friend, but not as a player."

Linebacker Henry Sweat
On potential additional pressure for the defense to score
"We didn’t really feel any added pressure to score. Our job is to play defense and get takeaways."

 

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