Postgame Quotes vs. Minnesota
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Safety P.J. Smith
On how it
felt to start strong
"It felt good. That was our goal, to start off fast and
dominate in the beginning and get all the other guys in. That's exactly what we
On how Senior Day went
"It was emotional. It was a tough week all week, just
thinking about it. Last night, in the hotel, (Coach Bo Pelini) talked about it
to us and before the game. It was emotional, but good things have got to come
to an end at some point. Not many folks can say they sent the season off
On Coach Osborne leading the team onto the field
"That was sweet. That was pretty cool. I was the last person
out of the tunnel, so I didn't really get to be up front. But he means so much
to this program. He's the face of this program. For him to walk us out on our
last game, that's a blessing."
On if the team talked about shutting out Minnesota
"That's the whole goal. Start out fast and shut them out. But
that's our goal every week. You just have that mission to do that and finish it
off. That was a little frustrating, but in the end we got the win. That's the
On how it felt to win
"It felt pretty good, but that's what we're expected to do.
Like we said, it's our Senior Day, but at the end of the day, it's about
getting the win. We have time later on to hug each other and cry and all that,
but our focus was just coming in and getting the win. That was the seniors'
On how it feels to finish undefeated at home
"It means a lot. Isn't it the first time since 2001? That's
special, right there, but I was saying this yesterday, this team is special. At
the end of the day, it doesn't matter if we don't finish the season off right.
That's how it goes, right there. It felt good to finish off undefeated at home,
but we've got another game and after that, we've got another one and after
that, we've got another one. So we better keep going."
Sophomore Wide Receiver Kenny Bell
On the extra parts of gameday
"I wouldn't call those extracurriculars. That just helps us
make us want to play that much more. It was a huge game as far as historically
with Coach Osborne. We wanted to give him the best send off that we absolutely
could, same with those seniors. The seniors have really been the heart of the
team this year. They called us in in January and said we're done being average.
We're sick of 9-4 and loses at bowl games. We want a conference championship
and we want bowl victories. For us to win this game in the fashion that we did
was awesome. It really speaks volumes about how much this team cares about the
On Coach Osborne leading the team onto the field
"It was just an amazing feeling. Historically, everything
he's done for us as a university and as 18-to-22 year old young men, he's done
so much and influenced our lives. We were really thankful to have him lead off
on the field. Tunnel walk is a sacred thing and to have such an iconic person
lead you out onto the field is a really great thing."
On how it felt to start strong
"We had focused all week on really starting well and playing
fast because we've been coming out a little bit slow the past four or five
weeks. I know we've been giving some people heart attacks as far as scores
went. It was really important to us this week to start out fast and get into
our game faster to throw them off. We did a great job with that today. We
really went out strong. Definitely didn't want to stutter as much as we did
heading into halftime, but it was a pretty good day. We've got a big week ahead
of us now, again, with going to Iowa City."
On the wide receiving team
"I don't want to praise our wide receiving core that much. I
think we just do our job as part of the offence. Quincy (Enunwa) and Jamal
(Turner) do a really great job. Jamal is really explosive and Quincy does a
great job blocking on the field, but I wouldn't praise any position on this
team more than another. It's called a team for a reason. Everyone does their
job and you win. Are we having a pretty good year? I'd say so. The thing we
worked for all through the off-season are really starting to show up in games.
It's a good feeling to see that stuff pay off for us. The hard work is really
coming to light and that's a good feeling, but like I said, I wouldn't praise
us anymore than any other group, because everybody's doing a great job."
On facing the fourth best passing team
"Our pass game really revolves around our run game, but that
was a little bit different today. We had to throw the ball to run it. It was a
good feeling that the wide receivers could really come through and make plays
for us. Going in, the gameplan was three-step and that really paid off for us
today with slants. That led to bigger plays with the play-action post, so that
was a good feeling that what we worked on, that's the first time in four or
five weeks that our gameplan really fit what we saw on Saturday."
Junior Quarterback Taylor Martinez
On how it felt to not have to come back in the second half
"It was awesome. I was really happy about it."
On wide receiver Kenny Bell
"He did great, so did all the other receivers and the tight ends.
They all did a really good job."
On what the offense's plan of attack was
"Our plan was to just get the ball to the receivers and let
them make plays. We know that we have really good receivers and that if
we could get them the ball anything could happen."
On if they thought the quick pass to the side would be effective
"Sometimes, it just all depended on what they were doing. We
took it deep on them, short range and middle range. It just depended on what
On what he thinks of setting the Nebraska career passing record
"It is awesome, because there are so many great quarterbacks
that have gone through here, especially (graduate assistant) Joe Ganz. He has
helped me, and I couldn't have done it without him."
On how much more comfortable he is changing plays at the line of
scrimmage than he was last year
"I feel a lot more comfortable, because I know the defense
and offense a lot better. It's easy for me to go out there and go 'oh I want to
Senior Defensive End Eric Martin
On what it was like to come out for the senior walk and give Coach
Pelini a hug
"It was different seeing Coach Bo smile. It was fun. It kind
of got to me a little bit. It was fun to come out of the tunnel for the last
time, and I'm going to miss it. Giving Bo the last handshake got to me a little
On what kind of legacy the senior class hoped to leave
"We all just wanted to leave on a positive note. We just
wanted to accomplish the goals we set every year. This year we were trying to
accomplish all of them and make sure we get to where we need to get to, which
is Indianapolis (for the Big Ten Championship Game). Once we get there our next
goal is to win. We just want to win for this program, and be the first
(Nebraska) team to do it since 1999."
On his journey from special teams player to leading the team in
"It was a tough journey. I have been through a lot of rocks
and rolls, ditches and bumps. I went through it all here. It was fun going
through it. Looking back, I don't regret any of it. It was probably one
of the best things I have done as a person. It was one of the goals I have
accomplished. It was hard getting through all that, all the injuries and not
playing was hard. It was hard trying to stay focused getting back to playing.
For me to fight through it and have a decent season, I'm happy."
On how important it was to have a game in which everything came
together without a dramatic comeback
"I actually like the dramatic comebacks, because I get to
stay in all four quarters. I was sitting there at halftime cold. I like to play
to stay in, and when they took me out I was upset. I like the dramatic games,
because then I get to stay in all four quarters. I'm not even tired right now.
I want to go play again. It was very important to us as a team to try to go out
with a win, and we were able to do it, especially almost getting the shutout.
We had fun, and I enjoyed it."