Mike Riley began his weekly news conference by reflecting on Saturday night’s over time loss at Wisconsin, with a Halloween theme to his opening remark.
Riley on Wisconsin film review: "Our opportunities lost are somewhat haunting ... and also make you mad."— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 31, 2016
"It was set on a platter for us a couple times," - Riley, on Nebraska's missed opportunities vs Wisconsin #Huskers— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) October 31, 2016
Riley said he was first mad, then disappointed at not taking advantage of obvious golden opportunities. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) October 31, 2016
NU illegal formation call was because of OT setting up too far in backfield.— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 31, 2016
That’s a frustrating penalty in my mind, because lining up properly just seems like such a basic thing to do.
Riley always praises players who had good games at this weekly get together.
Riley calls Kevin Maurice an "all star." Says if you take the time to watch him, "it's big."— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) October 31, 2016
Riley kudos of the week:— HuskerOnline.com (@HuskerOnline) October 31, 2016
- Stanley Morgan
- Michael Rose-Ivey
- Kevin Maurice
- Mick Stoltenberg
- Nate Gerry
- Boaz Joseph
- Chris Weber
Riley said Stanley Morgan continues to emerge "as a competitive, tough guy that we can lean on." Also refers to Kevin Maurice as "all-star."— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) October 31, 2016
As for the injury front, we get a glimmer of hope at getting Cethan Carter back blocking on the edge. Note I said “a glimmer”:
Riley updating injuries: "Cethan Carter is on his way back. I don’t know about this game.” #Huskers— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) October 31, 2016
Dedrick Young (elbow) is probable. Tanner Farmer (ankle) is out. Cethan Carter (elbow) is questionable.— Samuel McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) October 31, 2016
Nothing was said about how long to expect Tanner Farmer to be out; Saturday night. Turning to the “big picture”:
"There are teams in our division that are all of the sudden playing their best ball," Riley said of Big Ten West. #Huskers— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) October 31, 2016
"It's tightened up for us a little bit and there won't be any margin for error," Riley said of divisional race for #Huskers.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) October 31, 2016
Just win the rest. Seems to be the answer for which he is searching.— Mike'l Severe (@MikelSevere) October 31, 2016
“Win them all” got the job done in 2012. That would seem to be a good goal for the rest of this season as well. That starts with this week’s game against Ohio State.
Mike Riley likened where Ohio State is now in B1G to Pete Carroll and USC raising the bar in Pac-12. You either go with, or get left behind.— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) October 31, 2016
Riley, on going to Horseshoe off Wisky loss:"Our team will be mad. You can be sad,or you can be mad." #Huskers— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) October 31, 2016
Riley, on 1st time he saw Wisky-Ohio St consecutive road games on schedule"When it's months away, it's kind of exciting. Then you're in it."— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) October 31, 2016
A class conflict kept Tommy Armstrong away from this week’s conference, but his roommates filled nicely.
"Nobody's dreams have been crushed," #Huskers tight end Trey Foster said of team's response to Wisconsin loss.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) October 31, 2016
Oh wait! You were expecting someone else? OK.
Jordan Westerkamp says Ohio State "could be a huge statement game" for Nebraska. #Huskers— HuskerOnline.com (@HuskerOnline) October 31, 2016
Carlos Davis said he dislocated his shoulder against Wisconsin but that it popped back in before the play was over. #Huskers— Hail Varsity (@HailVarsity) October 31, 2016
Well, OK then. Should we just nickname Carlos Davis “Riggs”?