After his Nebraska defense gave up only one offensive touchdown in the Huskers’ 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois on Saturday, coach Mike Riley knows things have to get better on the other side of the ball.
“We’ve really got to find our identity offensively,” he told reporters Tuesday. “I don’t think we’ve been good offensively this year consistently. Glimpses, good isolated plays. Nothing I would say that is an identity builder.
“We had a vision of being a good run-play action team and being balanced that way. Our big issues are inconsistent runs and protection of the quarterback. We have failed in both of those areas.”
Riley on Rutgers, Nebraska’s Week 4 opponent, and the Scarlet Knights defense:
“I think they played tough, physical defense so we’ll have to handle their front. We have to find a way to successfully both protect and run the football. They’ve done a nice job. They played a really tough physical game against the Washington Huskies.”
On athletic director Shawn Eichorst’s postgame comments:
“Those things are probably … You expect them. Shawn and I are close so he immediately told me what he said. I have to agree with him on every turn that we have to wear that game. We’re responsible for it. We certainly have to do better. All of those things are absolutely real about what we have to do and we know it.”