Postgame Notes vs. Nebraska

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Oct. 22, 2011

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2011 University of Minnesota Football
Postgame Quotes

No. 11/13 Nebraska (6-1, 2-1 BT) 41, Minnesota (1-6, 0-3 BT) 14
Attendance: 49,187
Oct. 22, 2011

Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill
On the team responding after halftime…
“The team responded well in the second half and fought back, which showed toughness in them. We just weren’t consistent, but we definitely got better and started to get in a rhythm in the second half.”

On how the team played…
“We didn’t play consistent football today, and we kicked ourselves in the tail end. We didn’t get beat physically, but it was the mental game that got us, which is part our fault (the coaching staff) for not having the team ready to play.”

On the team as a whole…
“Right now I am doing less coaching and more mental support for our players than anything. It’s tough right now for the kids, but we are improving and everyone is working hard to get better. We just need to keep fighting through these tough times and everything will eventually get better.” 

Minnesota Players
Kyle Henderson, Defensive Back
On fourth down plays…
“We’ve been hit with a lot of adversity as a team and our defense has gotten together and talked about whatever we get dealt with we will try and bounce back from. I think we did pretty well with that today”

On the competitive atmosphere…
“Each game always has a competitive atmosphere, but today it was a little more than usual. I always appreciate that because it shows that the other players are trying to compete as much as I am.”

MarQueis Gray, Quarterback
On the Gophers’ play…
“As a whole offense we started off slow. We always seem to have to make good plays and then turn around at half. We need to get off to a better start, and (have) better play from me also.”

On the fumble that Nebraska returned for a touchdown…
“That hurt us bad. It was bad communication between myself and the running back. We had to just erase that out of our minds and come back the back next series and do whatever we can to move the ball down the field. We can’t have those types of turnovers against teams like that.”

On positives Minnesota can take from this game…
“I’d say once we settled down and didn’t have any negative plays, we moved the ball pretty well. Eliminate those negative plays, and we should be able to move the ball on any team.”

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini
On fast start...
"I thought we played a good football game. I thought we came out fast. I thought we did a lot of good things both sides of the football, special teams. There are still a lot of things we can do better. I thought it was a pretty complete effort, especially in the first half. In the second half, we played a little bit differently, a little bit by design. I thought we did some good things."

On one or two things the defense has improved on...
"Really the execution; the understanding. I think we've come a long way. I think our guys are understanding where their help is. They're playing with the correct leverages, better technique and fundamentals, and that's what it comes down to. It's not what you do; it's how you do it. I really believe this. We've struggled; we've been our own worst enemy. We do our thing the right way, we communicate, we play the way we've been taught we're pretty good. We execute well."

On first quarter fourth down play...
"I actually didn't understand the rule myself. It's not a fumble, it's a backwards pass and because it obviously wasn't intentional, he didn't intentionally slap the ball forward, the ruling is it goes where the ball goes out of bounds. I originally thought, probably like Coach Kill, that it was a fumble, and that they were going to rule it as a fumble, but it's considered a backwards pass. It's not a fumble because we never had possession of it. That's the rule I guess."

Nebraska Players
Taylor Martinez, Quarterback
Tempo of the game…
“We are now getting used to what type of offense we are.”

On Kenny Bell’s play today…
“I think he is the fastest player in the NCAA.”

Austin Cassidy, Safety
On scoring a touchdown...
“I was at the right place at the right time, but it’s pretty cool. Helping the team is the most important thing.”

On defensive effort…
“It is all about confidence. We had it at the end of the game against Ohio State, and we had it in today’s game. The young guys were able to get in and play well. We just need to worry about us playing our game.”

On not having Jared Crick play…
“It’s hard because you can’t replace him. It was nice having him here and having his leadership, but we had the young guys step up, which is great for our team’s confidence.”