Nebraska coach Mike Riley says the criticism aimed at the coaching staff in the wake of a loss to Northern Illinois was earned. The Huskers fell to 1-2 on the season after a 21-17 loss at home to the Huskies and now must pick up the pieces to get ready for their Big Ten opener against Rutgers.
“None of us like this but whatever is said we probably earned”, said Riley. “You just wear it and know that that is the case and do better.”
Riley has always embraced the lofty expectations at Nebraska. He is in his third season of directing a program that has won 46 conference championships, but none since 1999.
“Everybody is hungry to get back and that is why we came here”, added Riley. “We took a step back for sure Saturday so we have got to fight to get that back and more as we go.”
Rutgers enters Big Ten play 1-2 after snapping an 11-game losing skid with a 65-0 victory over Morgan State. The Scarlet Knights have not won a conference game since a 55-52 victory at Indiana back on October 17 of 2015.