Nebraska AD calls loss to Northern Illinois 'not acceptable'

Nebraska AD calls loss to Northern Illinois 'not acceptable'

Many people surrounding the Nebraska program were upset with Saturday's 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois at Memorial Stadium, and that included athletic director Shawn Eichorst. Northern Illinois sophomore quarterback Daniel Santacaterina was 15 of 22 for 128 yards. I felt like we could be that team that could run the ball, throw the ball, play-action pass.

Later in the quarter, Jawuan Johnson picked off another Lee pass and scampered 25 yards into the end zone to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead with 1:13 left in the quarter.

Lee finished the game 25-for-47 for 299 yards and three interceptions. Nebraska added a field goal, then took a 17-14 lead on a one-yard Lee run with 11:14 left. "I think he'll come back to work and get ready for the next game in a great manner, and I've got a lot of confidence that will occur and that he will be anxious to do that".

Fortunate or unfortunate, Nebraska took its first lead with 11:14 remaining on Lee's 1-yard quarterback sneak. In the last two games, he has attempted 88 passes and suffered seven interceptions - one nearly every 12 attempts. "But we have to get going".

"We have to coach (Lee) and support him right now", Riley said.

Nebraska drove to the NIU 33-yard line but failed on fourth-and-seven on its next possession.

On Nebraska's next drive, Lee led Nebraska down the field on a 14-play drive which ended in a 36-yard field goal from kicker Drew Brown. Now, the Huskers are 1-2 this season, beating Arkansas State by only seven, losing at OR 42-35 - despite shutting out the Ducks in the second half - and falling to Northern Illinois. In his last two games, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder owns a 3/7 TD/INT ratio.

NIU stunned Nebraska early on, turning what looked like a drive for some sure points for the Huskers into a 7-0 lead for the Huskies.

Nebraska running back Mikale Wilbon will make his first career start in place of Tre Bryant (knee), and Antonio Reed will start at safety in place of Joshua Kalu (hamstring). The Huskies were far from flawless, however, committing 15 penalties for 194 yards, while Hagan had field-goal attempts from 39 and 30 yards blocked. "I think we were happy with that". He said he planned to have his defensive line coach, Brett Diersen, prep the team and coaching staff. Diersen was a Nebraska coaching intern under Bo Pelini from 2008-10. "I would say that it was more execution".

Gifford led the Huskers in tackles with eight total.

With Big Ten play starting next week with a visit from bottom-feeder Rutgers, the Huskers and their fans envisioned starting 3-1 heading into October and a challenging league schedule.

Related News: