Nebraska’s offense struggled in a 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois, dropping the Cornhuskers to 1-2 this season.
Nebraska trailed 14-0 after quarterback Tanner Lee had 2 pick-6s in the first half. The Cornhuskers rallied to briefly take the lead before the Huskies scored what became the game-winning points with less than 9 minutes left.
Here is what Nebraska coach Mike Riley said after the game:
What Nebraska coach Mike Riley said after losing to Northern Illinois:
“All of this will sound like an understatement. We’re really bitterly disappointed in losing the game. They played a good game, made big plays early to take the lead, and then they made a big play late to retake the lead. Give them credit for that.”
On the offense:
“Obviously, we’re not playing good enough on offense right now. Certainly we’re not playing well enough to win when we’re committing penalties.
“I just felt like we had that capability, that we can be that team that can run the ball, throw the ball, play-action pass. Boy, oh, boy, we’re far away from that. … We could do nothing repeatedly. … There was nothing consistent for us in the game [on offense].”
On the offensive line problems:
“I don’t know that I need to put a finger of blame on anybody.”
On QB Tanner Lee:
“I know this, we have to coach him and support him right now.”
Did he think about changing QBs, going with Patrick O’Brien:
“When it’s protection problems that are put in there, it’s not like another guy is going to change the protection problems necessarily. You have to be careful about that.”