Baylor-Nebraska Postgame Quotes


Oct. 31, 2009

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NEBRASKA (5-3, 2-2) 20, BAYLOR (3-5, 0-4) 10
FLOYD CASEY STADIUM • WACO, TEXAS
OCT. 31, 2009 • ATTENDANCE: 31,702

Baylor Head Coach Art Briles
Opening statement...
"I'm proud of our guys for the way they fought the entire game. It couldn't have started out any worse than it did. I don't think you have to be a football follower for years to understand that that isn't how you want to start a football game, especially against a team that has a pretty good defense and when you haven't been as productive offensively as you'd like to be. That in itself set us back and I am just proud that our guys continued to fight."

On forcing turnovers...
"They're huge. You have to have them. I can draw anything on the board and show you how to stop it and score points, but field position, momentum and turnovers; that's what wins football games. If you can win those three things you can win football games."

On being able to build off of the second half...
"Yes and no. Yes by the way our guys have continued to fight hard for each other and for the university. The other part is that we can't play a quarter, we can't play a half, we have to play a game. We have to come out and play with the energy and emotion that we created in the fourth quarter or late in the third starting the football game. We have to make good things happen early."

On momentum built after Clifton Odom's touchdown late in the third...
"All of a sudden people feeling bad are feeling good. The crowd's excited, our sideline is excited and all of a sudden they aren't swallowing as easy on the other sideline. It changes everything and we gave ourselves opportunities, we just have to finish it out. We had good chances late and we have to make it happen and today we didn't make it happen. We have to load up, go to Missouri and win that game. We're growing as a team."

Freshman Quarterback Nick Florence
On the outcome of the game...
"It is frustrating. A play slips through your hands. We had plays at the end and we didn't do it. We fought hard in the second half, it was a valiant effort, but it does hurt when it was so close."

On his performance...
"In the first half I did not do very well. In the second half I did well, I thought. I mean there is always room to improve, so that is what we are going to do next week. I felt like second half we did stuff with the football, now we just have to punch it in."

On the defense's play...
"Hats off to the defense. They didn't give up a point in the second half. They got the turnover and got seven points. They did there job, now it is on us."

Senior Linebacker Joe Pawelek
On the defense's play...
"We preached getting turnovers through the week and came up with two turnovers in the second half, but I think more than anything we have just got to get off to a better start."

On Clifton Odom's interception...
"It was a huge, game changing play. That is what we have been talking about that we need, someone to step up and make that big play. Cliff read the route and made a great play and scored, so it was a huge play for us."

On the halftime turnaround...
"More than anything I think it was everyone doing their responsibilities. As you can see, when all 11 guys are out there doing what they are supposed to be doing we change the momentum and things get going out there. We have the capability to be a great defense out there."

Junior Cornerback Clifton Odom
On defensive adjustments at half...
"No big adjustments. We just came in and played how we should have been playing the whole season. It was good coming out but we have to play like that the whole game. We can't just play like that for a half."

On the interception...
"I was just in the right place at the right time. It happened so fast, I was definitely thinking about taking it to the house. I think it was a pretty big play. It got us going."

Senior Wide Receiver David Gettis
On being a big part of the offense in the second half...
"It was just what the defense was giving us. They just played a lot of man-to-man coverage. We just took advantage of it. I think the quarterback (Nick Florence) just did a great job of reading who was open. It just came down to the receivers making plays."

On how to turnaround the season...
"Get in the endzone. Period. Get in the endzone." On the defense's play...
"They did a great job of getting us the ball and holding them to minimum yardage. All it really comes down to is us getting in the end zone and we have to do a better job of producing."

 

 

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
Opening statement...
"Anytime you go on the road and win it is an accomplishment. It was a good win for our guys. It was a win. We won the football game."

On Cody Green's interception that was returned for a touchdown...
"He made a mistake. That guy is trying to make a play and he just made a mistake. He made a bad throw and (Baylor) took advantage of it. Good for them."

On the play of Jared Crick...
"He played well. They turned their center to (Ndamukong) Suh and they were trying to double-team Suh, and (Jared Crick) took advantage of it. He is too good of a football player if they are going to do that. He did a good job and he played a great game."

On the defensive stops in the second half...
"You have to do what you have to do to win a football game. We did that on the defensive side of the ball. We didn't play our best football in any phase in the second half of the football game. We have a long way to go and we have a lot of work to do."

On the importance of the blocked punt returned for a touchdown...
"That was really big for us. It got us momentum. When you are starting Cody (Green) it takes the pressure off of him a bit. Anytime that you score a touchdown, especially on special teams, it is a big play."

Quarterback Cody Green
On the game...
"In the first half things were rolling pretty good for us; everybody was making plays on both offense and defense. Those first couple of drives for us ended up in field goals when we wanted touchdowns, but any points is better than no points. In the second half we just went out there and just shot blanks. We were lucky enough that our defense came up big in the second half. In games like this you can't really go out and shoot blanks like this. We just have to go back to work."

On his interception...
"It was just a late throw on my part. If I had thrown it a second earlier it would have been a completion, but I threw it a second later and it was an interception for a pick-six. One thing you have to do is go back on the next drive and just forget about it. You have to have a memory like a goldfish."

On the importance of having a blocked punt prior to taking the field...
"That just takes a little bit of pressure off of me and (the pressure) likely goes to Baylor on that one. It is really good going out there knowing that you have a 7-0 lead before you set foot on the field. I have to give the special teams credit for that one. It was a great play and just a player making plays, that's about it."

Defensive Tackle Jared Crick
On establishing a school-record five sacks...
"It was a big game for all of us up front and the defense as a whole. I really can't take any credit (for the sacks), it is just the guys up front doing work. I have to credit (Ndamukong) Suh, Barry Turner and Pierre Allen for helping collapse the pocket with me. We just had some good breaks and a lot of good things happened today."

On the defensive pressure...
"They were double-teaming (Ndamukong) Suh most of the game so that gave me the opportunity to go one-on-one with the open lanes to kind of free rush. It could have been anyone today with all of those stats. It is just a group effort."

On shutting down the Baylor offense in the second-half...
"That is our goal, to keep them from scoring. They put up a field goal on us, but stuff like that happens and you just have to move on to the next play in the next series and just keep going."


 

 

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