Nebraska coach Mike Riley tipped his hat to the Husker defense again Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference, and looked back at the Fresno State game and ahead to Wyoming.
Some notes from his segment:
>> On the Huskers holding Fresno State to 31 rushing yards: “I think we were very sound up front. I think our front four played well, and then I thought that the next level and the low safety, when we had it, those guys were all playing hard and playing well. I really liked how we hustled to the ball. There was a real good feel that way defensively.”
>> Nebraska will see a different quarterback this week against Wyoming with 6-foot-5, 222-pound Josh Allen. The sophomore completed 19 of 29 passes for 245 yards vs. Northern Illinois, and had the winning touchdown run in the third overtime.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for him. I went over it with the defensive coaches yesterday and they were talking about his arm, his athletic ability, his ability to make things happen by moving in the pocket and then getting out of the pocket. He kind of combines athleticism with a strong arm.”
>> Riley commented on the Cowboys’ perseverance in a game against Northern Illinois that went past 2:30 a.m. MDT. “It was a good win for their team, and we expect a tough, well-coached team to come in here on Saturday.”
>> Riley reiterated some of the things previously said about the Huskers’ 43-10 win over Fresno State: “We were glad and excited to win last week. That’s the good news. The other news is we’ve got a lot to work on and clean up.”
>> Riley said the Huskers’ work on rugby tackling continues to get fine-tuned: “None of that technique is perfect yet, but we continue to teach it. We spend every practice day going through those drills once again. What you’re in the process of is making it a habit.”