November 3, 2008

Pelini still pushing Huskers to move on from loss

Following Nebraska's 62-28 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, head coach Bo Pelini said he told his team that it was imparetive they move on mentally and focus solely on the final three games of the season.

On Monday, his strategy hadn't changed a bit. During his Big 12 coaches' teleconference, Pelini said he's been happy with the way the Huskers have responded to the loss so far, and if confident they'll be able to put last weekend behind them as they prepare to take on Kansas.

"I think they've responded well," Pelini said. "I think that they know that we're a better football team than that result. I told them after the game, we just have to move on. We have a three-game stretch here, and we just have to move on and worry about Kansas.

"We'll get our mistakes fixed, and there's no sense in beating ourselves over the head with this. We've got to move on. That's all you can do. You can't change what happened."

Pelini said after reviewing the game tape from the loss, the Huskers made many of the same mistakes that have plagued them all season. This time, however, the Sooners were talented enough to exploit those mistakes and create problems for NU on their own.

"It's a lot of the same things, but obviously they're a good football team and they created some of our problems," he said. "We didn't' execute very well. We didn't line up and we didn't play our responsibilities on a consistent basis. We just didn't execute to a large extent, and that's the name of the game. You've got to be the right spots and you have to be disciplined and you have to know your responsibilities, and we weren't always able to do that."

That was about as far as Pelini was willing to expand on Saturday's loss.

"We just didn't play well," he said. "I'll just leave it at that. I'm about done talking about that game."

***Pelini didn't reveal much on the injury status of some of the Huskers, specifically senior lineman Lydon Murtha, who suffered a foot sprain on Saturday. All Pelini would say is that he thought his team was relatively fine health-wise, and that he didn't expect anyone to miss significant time.

"I think they feel good," he said. "We got nicked up a little bit the other night, but not too bad. Everybody's a little bit tired and weary, but it's part of the deal when you start going into Week 10. I think our guys will be ready to go."

***Pelini said he hasn't had much time to evaluate much film on Kansas yet, but knew they should give the Huskers all they can handle this weekend.

"They're a pretty balanced football team," he said. "Obviously it starts with their quarterback, he's a good player. But they've got an excellent running game, they're very good up front, they're very well coached… You have to be very sound in what you're doing, because they can hurt you both run and pass. They do a nice job."

***On a side note, Pelini was asked for his reaction to Oklahoma dropping two spots in the BCS poll after putting up 28 points in the first six minutes against his Huskers.

"That's crazy," he said. "I didn't even know that happened, but yeah, that's crazy that they would drop. That's a good football team."






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