The Huskers beat Arkansas State 43-36 in Week 1. They’ve given up 1,063 total yards in two games, and opponents have averaged 6.4 yards per play against the Huskers.
Huskers defensive coordinator Bob Diaco drove home a point after the game: He isn’t disappointed in any of his players.
“There’s not one player that I’m disappointed in,” he told reporters. “Not one player that I’m not just in love [with] and on fire for and to teach. They’re all trying. We’re all trying as hard as we can try. We’re all getting better, and we need to win. We need to keep the points down. When you start a game like that, it’s going to be super hard, but there is a lot we can build on.”
Nebraska coach Mike Riley added a technical assessment of the Huskers defense in his postgame news conference.
“Either it was the smokescreens on the outside, the real quick hitters,” he said. “We played that a little bit tighter and tougher, and then we were in way better position on the post routes they were killing us on early on in the game. Sometimes it was a little better position like that; all of a sudden it doesn’t make that throw so easy.”
The Huskers are back in action next Saturday against Northern Illinois.