Mike Riley said Monday that this would be the last day he talked about Oregon, and the Nebraska head coach mixed some look-back thoughts about the 35-32 win over the Ducks with what’s ahead during his weekly press conference.
Some odds and ends:
>> Riley really liked the “electricity and vibe” in practice last week, and said the Huskers need to duplicate that this week in practice and preparations for their trip to Northwestern.
>> Northwestern will be the first of nine Big Ten opponents, the first time the league has featured a nine-game conference format since 1984. Riley was used to playing nine-game Pac-12 seasons at Oregon State, and said he was in favor of it.
>> Nebraska only had one turnover against the Ducks, but it happened in the red zone and immediately turned into an Oregon touchdown. “Really scary play at that particular time,” Riley said.
>> Riley was not happy with the Huskers’ offensive consistency despite putting up 35 points.
>> Riley said left tackle Nick Gates and right guard Tanner Farmer played well on the NU offensive line. He also complimented I-back Devine Ozigbo for gaining some “hard yards.”
>> Punter Caleb Lightbourn and kicker Drew Brown drew Riley's praise for their kicking. Lightbourn was named the Big Ten freshman of the week.
>> Nebraska limited Oregon to three chunk plays, and Riley said the Huskers continue to do better in that area after its problems a year ago. “We’ve got to continue that trend,” he said.
>> Although NU allowed some yards and points, Riley said: “The overwhelming thing that I saw defensively is our team continued to play hard the whole game.”
>> Defensive players getting singled out were safeties Nate Gerry and Kieron Williams, nickel back Aaron Williams, linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey and defensive end Ross Dzuris.
>> There is some concern about the Huskers getting back receiver Brandon Reilly, who missed the Oregon game because of a hamstring injury.
>> Senior tight end Cethan Carter had five receptions for 48 yards against Oregon.
“We need to do that with Cethan Carter,” Riley said. “He needs to have the football. We need to make sure he’s involved. He’s a great weapon for us.”