The halftime score was the same 14-0, but the Huskers chipped away and grabbed a 17-14 lead just after the start of the fourth quarter.
Riley said at his weekly news conference Monday.
And now Riley, who just received a one-year contract extension through 2020 this week, has Nebraska in the hard situation of entering conference play in need of five more wins simply to go to a bowl game.
A week after a rough loss at OR, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were looking forward to getting back to the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Shawun Lurry intercepted Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee on the seventh-play of a promising opening drive for the Huskers, and returned it 87 yards to give NIU a 7-0 lead. "I really think we just need to improve every aspect of our game". "I think we were happy with that". "It's disappointing, and we couldn't get out of that hole".
Northern Illinois played mistake-free until a glaring blunder on special teams. They came to DeKalb as a 10.5-point favorite, but made some costly mistakes throughout the game that cost them victory. That's been us, and I don't like that.
"(I ran) average", Wilbon said. "We've got have a better identifiable quality than being an inconsistent football team". "It's not like the old days where MI in the late '70s and early '80s took everybody so nobody else had a player". It was a historic deficit, too, as Nebraska hadn't been held scoreless in the first half since a 2004 loss to Oklahoma.
"I just tried to get our guys to relax and play ball down 14.it was tough sledding there".
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Based on this start, Nebraska doesn't look to be a competitor in the Big Ten this season.
While the offense was unable to get untracked, the Blackshirts played solid on defense to keep the Northern Illinois offense off the board in the first half.
Riley said he had no indication from the previous week's practices that Nebraska would again struggle to get going.
"A lot of the guys on all of our teams in the MAC were probably at one point told "no" by Big Ten teams", Carey said. "I would say that it was more execution".
Ketter, a 2013 graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School, has overcame injuries and bided his time to make the climb from walk-on to starter in his career at Nebraska. The win-loss record is beginning to show it, too.
After watching his team show the worst and best of itself at OR last weekend, Nebraska coach Mike Riley told reporters his players "should be sick" about losing an opportunity to pick up a key win.
Two of those three seasons are under Riley's watch. We're going to get one.' We didn't flinch, we were ready to go.