It’s a much happier mood in Lincoln this week.
Nebraska took down Rutgers, 27-17, at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, scoring the final 13 points for a bounce-back victory after the Huskers dropped a home game to Northern Illinois last week.
Mike Riley met with reporters after the win that pushed his team to 2-2. Here are some highlights from his postgame news conference:
Quarterback Tanner Lee was held to 109 yards and had an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Lee also tossed 2 touchdowns.
Riley said he did not consider a change at quarterback.
Mike Riley says he didn't consider a quarterback change. #Huskers
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Riley credited De’Mornay Pierson-El’s 63-yard punt return for “tipping the scales.” It came after Lee’s pick-6 and set up a touchdown that put Nebraska ahead for good.
“We know in those kinds of games any play can tip the scales,” Riley said. “I thought it might’ve been that interception, but I really think it was the return.”
Riley complimented linebacker Luke Gifford, who had an interception.
Mike Riley said Luke Gifford is “playing the best football of his life.” #Huskers
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Riley also was happy his team was able to get a win in another close game.
“I think that maybe we can learn a lot from being in those circumstances,” he said. “We could’ve gotten paralyzed after that interception like we did a week ago. You heard it. It got quiet. So really proud for going out and playing hard after that.”