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Defense Shines in Husker Win

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Senior Safety P.J. Smith

On how it felt to catch his interception

"It was pretty good. I didn't finish the play off, so I'm dissapointed about that, but it feels pretty good."

 

On what he thought when Denard Robinson got hurt

"When he got hurt the backup quarterback came in and he's not really a threat. We were able to not be so [worried] about the quarterback."

 

On whether or not they were trying to go after the backup quarterterback to try and force mistakes

"It didn't matter who was their quarterback, because we were going to try to go after him [the quarterback] anyway. That was just our game plan. The defense did their job, and the cornerbacks and safeties were doing their job. It was a good win."

 

On what they did in practice to try to keep mistakes to a minimum

"In practice if we dropped an interception, we would do pushups, and we kind of got frustrated with that. The guys just went out there and made the plays today. We've got to have those plays to win a game. It was pretty good to see that we were able to get three."

 

On turning down the Blackshirts

"We felt like last year after we got our Blackshirts we went out the next game and did horrible. When they gave them out to us we decided we didn't deserve it. We shut down Michigan and now we deserve to get them. That was what we did and was our whole mind frame, to just shut them down."

 

Sophomore I-Back Ameer Abdullah

On when he felt the defense started to give a little bit

"I would say in the first quarter. We had a pretty good tempo going in the first quarter. Sometimes we had sloppier execution, but good thing we brought it together."

 

On what he saw from the running back position for execution

"It was some calls that we should have made for offensive line protection things that we missed early. The tempo was so fast sometimes that we couldnt get the calls in before the plays started. That's what I mean as far as execution. After halftime we readjusted and came out strong."

 

On whether or not the quick tempo was somthing they saw Michigan lacked or if it was just something they wanted to do going forward

"Quick tempo is something we are always trying to do, but we saw that they have some big guys in front, so we decided to run it up the middle.

 

On the stakes being raised each week and his perspective on that as a player

"We take it one game at a time. We don't look ahead. We understand what's at stake, and what we have to do. Taking every game one at a time, and making every game the most important game.

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