Nebraska coach Mike Riley is only a few games into his second year with the Huskers, but Saturday’s game could be the most important.
No. 22 Oregon comes to Lincoln, Neb., as Nebraska looks to get to 3-0 and probably move into the Top 25 with a win. Ahead of Saturday’s game, which is set for 3:30 p.m. on ABC, Riley appeared on ESPN.
Riley started the interview talking about the late Sam Foltz, the Huskers punter who died in a July car accident.
“Everybody put their arms around the Foltz family, around the team and our program. Sam was every guy’s guy. He earned the respect of everybody on our team, the university and in this state. We will always miss him and we will always appreciate who he was and what he brought to us every day.”
Looking to the Oregon game, Riley, who coached against the Ducks for years while with Oregon State, said he was told right after he was hired that Nebraska was scheduled to face Oregon the following year.
“It’s both exciting and daunting because I know how good they are and how good they’ve been for a long time,” Riley said.
When asked about his favorite moment from the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry, which is called the Civil War, Riley brought up the 1998 game, when Oregon State beat the Ducks 44-41 in double overtime on a Ken Simonton TD.