Nebraska lost for the first time this season on Saturday, 23-17 to Wisconsin.
Coach Mike Riley spoke briefly after the game. Here’s what he had to say.
- “It looked for a while like a typical game of ours. We came back and scored some points in the fourth quarter. We kicked a field goal to tie it, which ended up in overtime. It sure would have been nice to score right then.”
- “When (Wisconsin) missed that extra point I thought “OK, let’s go.”
- On his team: “It’s disappointing to lose it but everything about our team I know was confirmed, which is they’ll continue to fight. We certainly have some things to improve to be where we want to be.”
- Riley said senior RB Terrell Newby sprained his ankle.
- On the play of QB Tommy Armstrong: “I though Tommy fought like crazy. I think that you can especially, in a tight, close-to-the-vest game like this, we’ll evaluate very, very closely how we played. Tommy played like Tommy — competed like crazy, made some plays and made some plays when it looked like we were down and out.”
- On the series after Nate Gerry’s first interception: “That was a really disappointing series. It felt like such a big opportunity for our team to get something there.”
- On what he said in the locker room: “I talked about the fact that their team was to be congratulated. All of us in the room appreciated how each of them competed and played and fought.”
- “Once again we really kept our poise when we were down in the fourth quarter. I thought that did not deter us from getting back into the game.”
- “We didn’t get the final result that we had been getting but we got to the point we could have.”
- On the play of the defense: “There’s a wear-down factor here. What you find is that when you’re making some of those plays early, you’re right on the right edge of the blocker. And I think we got out-positioned just enough that some of those runs at the end hurt us.”