Nebraska 23, #20 Michigan 9
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Michigan Head Coach Brady Hoke
"Got to give
Nebraska a lot of credit. They played well. The second half, especially late in
the third quarter we did not tackle well as a defense. When you don't tackle
well, big plays can happen, and we didn't keep the ball inside enough. We need
to do a better job with that. Offensively when you count on field goals like we
did last week, when you get in the red zone and you are not scoring touchdowns
that will hurt you in big games, and in games with good competition, and that
is what happened."
On quarterback Russell
"You know until
you watch it all and see it all we will see."
On Denard Robinson's injury
"Same thing, he's
got that nerve and when he gets hit the wrong way it is hard. But he gets
better and better as time goes on."
On if he thought of
using Devin Gardner at quarterback
"No. He hasn't
practiced there a whole lot."
On if he talked to
Bellomy about his struggling performance
"Well I would
think so. That is a part of coaching... wouldn't you do that? If someone was struggling
in life? I told him to keep going we believe in you."
On how the defense
"I think we
tackled well, we did a lot of things well. I thought defense kept us in the
football game for three quarters."
On how the game plan
changed with Bellomy in the game
"Oh it changes a
little bit obviously, there are some runs in there that Denard (Robinson) is
very good at. We ran the ride play still, and Russell (Bellomy) took it up in
there a couple of times, but he didn't get that much yards. I thought he did a
nice job on the scramble, and got a first down for us.
On if he liked how the
offense was staying on the field before Robinson got hurt
"Yeah you always
like that, that is a part of it. Defensively I never felt comfortable in
keeping the jet read under control. It got outside a couple times, and we
missed tackles as it got outside. I didn't feel real comfortable at
On if he thought
Robinson would go back in the game at any point
"I checked with
the trainers a couple times, but he couldn't grip the ball real well, and he
didn't feel like he could throw the ball well enough."
On the thought that
Robinson could have gone out of bounds instead of taking a hit on the play
where he got hurt
got a guy that is a pretty good competitor, and sometimes competitors are
stubborn. He was trying to get into the endzone. For me to say he shouldn't
have done that, I would be a hypocrite. You like competitive people, and he is
a competitive guy."
On if Nebraska's
defense took the run away in the second half
"No, I didn't
think we blocked real well. (Fitzgerald Toussaint) had an opportunity and if he
got to the second level he would still be running probably."
On if Bellomy's
performance was a result of nerves
"For me to
speculate why a guy plays (the way he does); he hasn't played a whole lot for
On if he felt Bellomy
"He seemed like
he was pretty good. Russ is competitive, studies, he does all the things a QB
should do. He is going to be fine."
On when he found out
Robinson was not going to come back in the game
"I don't know if
I did ever, if he would have progressed a little further he would have played
at the end. But it just wasn't happening."
On what he said to
Bellomy as they walked back to the locker room at the end of the game
"That is between
Russ and I...I think."