Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012
Minnesota Player Quotes
On if today was a game that the
team can learn from
"We have no choice now. We
didn't go out there and do what we were expected to do. Nebraska came to play
and they put points up on the board and as an offense we didn't do that until
the last quarter and that's something that we can't do next week and next season.
Hopefully the young guys learn and not let it happen again."
On how much it hurts the offense
to not be able to run the ball
"It hurts a lot. That's
basically what our offense is. If we're getting stopped in the backfield then
we just have to, as receivers, be able to go downfield and make plays for the
On what Nebraska's defense did
that made it difficult for the offense
"All of those guys are fast.
They're quick and athletic. All of them are in the right spot at the right
time. They know their jobs like the back of their hands. They just did a good
On quarterback Philip Nelson's
"He was composed. You
couldn't tell if he was sad or down. He stayed at one level, and that's what
you have to do as a quarterback."
On if he's feeling healthy to get
in the position to make plays his touchdown runs
"I'm willing to do whatever.
We just put those plays in a couple of days ago, and they called it and I was
able to get in the end zone. The offensive line did a great job of getting that
push up front."
On how he felt
"It felt pretty good to get
back there and put points up on the board. Other than that, that's something we
have to do as a team before we start to get beat like that."
On how the receivers played and
what he thought of the dropped balls
"We just have to make those
plays. We need to stay confident throughout the whole game. We have to make
those plays throughout the whole game down the field."
On if today's performance stings
because it isn't an indication of the progress they've made this season
"It stings a lot because we
just came off of a big win last week. We were feeling confident going in today,
and we just didn't show up. It showed throughout the game. We started to put a
drive together in the last couple of minutes but that's something we can't
have. As a team we have to start off fast."
Linebacker Mike Rallis
On quarterback Taylor Martinez
"He did a good job. We
didn't do a good job with the pressure and there were open guys, and he made
On how Nebraska was able to keep
"I think they had too many
big plays. We didn't do a good job on third downs. I haven't seen the stats on
third downs but I can't imagine they're very good. We played good defense at
times but not nearly enough of the time, especially on third down. We have to
win more of those, and we didn't do that today."
On Martinez and if he was
changing things a lot at the line
"Yes. They like to hurry up
and see what the defense is in and get things changed. No defense is designed
to give up big plays or touchdowns so we have to execute and do our jobs. If we
don't do that, obviously we're going to give up big plays."
On if they focused a lot on
stopping the run game and if that opened up the pass
"Every team every week,
especially in the Big Ten, starts with stopping the run. We wanted to do that
this week but I don't know if that hurt us or not in the passing game. The DBs
did a great job all year. With passing a lot of people like to look at only the
defensive backs but that's not the case. It starts up front and really all
three levels work together in the passing game. We have to look at getting that
fixed. We've been good all year on that but today we (weren't). We have to get
that fixed by next week."
On if the 3-and-outs on offense
hurt the defense
"I signed up for defense to get stops. My job isn't to
dictate what the offense does or doesn't do. Every time I step on the field my
job is to execute and get stops and not worry about what the offense
Quarterback Philip Nelson
On if he was surprised by the
pressure from Nebraska's D-line
"No. We knew they were a
good team and we knew what was coming."
On Nebraska's secondary
"The gap for open receivers was
smaller than in any other game. You have to give all the credit to their
On the lack of a running game
"A great defensive line is what
it comes down to. It started with them, and they did a great job of holding off
the run game."
On what they can learn from a
game like that
"You learn that you have to step
up. You have to get faster and stronger to be able to play with teams like this
in an environment like this."
On the impact of injuries
"Injuries aren't an excuse.
Football is a physical game and there are going to be injuries. You can't blame
anything on injuries. There were just plays that have to be made by me and by
Defensive Back Brock Vereen
On if the game stings more
because of the bad showing
"The biggest frustration in
a loss like this is not being able to show everybody how good we really are.
That lets everybody down, including ourselves, when we don't play to our full
On if he was surprised at how
quickly the game got away
"Yeah, but that's credited
to us not being ready when we came out. The first couple of series were like a
flash because we weren't fired up and we weren't playing with energy."
On Nebraska's third-down success
"Third downs were one of the
big issues of the game. I feel like on each one of those there a guy in
position to make a play, but when it came down to it, they made the play and we
didn't. That's something we need to correct."
On Nebraska's offensive game plan
"They had a solid game plan,
but we did also. They executed and we didn't."
On what part of Nebraska's
offense was the hardest to defend
"They force you to match
their physicality. Sometimes we did, but the plays that we didn't, they took