Nebraska coach Mike Riley says the celebration penalties need to end as the Huskers prepare for this week’s game against Wyoming. The Huskers were penalized twice for excessive celebration in a 43-10 win over Fresno State. Once after holder Zack Darlington spun the ball in the end zone after a two-point conversion and another one on safety Kieron Williams, who celebrated after making a tackle.
“I was really disappointed in all of that because I actually had the sense on the sideline that every time we made a good play we were going to have a penalty”, said Riley. “That is a bad feeling and it has got to stop.”
Riley says there is a fine line between having fun and getting a penalty but felt the officials were justified in making the calls in both cases. He says celebration penalties could be costly down the road.
“If that is a close game and you have just scored to take the lead and you do something like that and then you kick off back there they are going to get the ball in scoring territory. That’s part of the discipline we need to have.”