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Bo Pelini's Press Conference

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Opening Statement

"I just told the team that was a tough one to lose. I'm proud of that football team in there. I'm proud of all the things that they overcame through the year. I'm proud of who they are as men. I told the seniors they have a lot to be proud of. It hasn't been an easy year from any stretch of the imagination. It's been difficult. This team had a lot to persevere through, a lot to stick together through. They did that, and I'm proud of them, regardless of how it ended today. It was unfortunate how it ended today. We shot ourselves in the foot a number of times. We had some things go against us. It was unfortunate."

 

On making similar mistakes to last year

"Those mistakes plague any football team. When you turn the football over, you're going to have some difficulties."

 

On the failed fake punt in the third quarter?

"We thought it was there. We missed a block. We liked the look they were in and we whipped on a block, the most important block. We took a chance and it didn't work out. It's my fault."

 

On reasoning for the unsportsmanlike conduct charge

"[The ref] said I got too close to him. I thought that was a chicken s*** call. Excuse my language on that, but I had never seen anything like that before. I've done a lot worse than that. I saw [Iowa head coach] Kirk Ferentz on the other side acting a lot worse than I act. I didn't see a flag come out on him. The bottom line is they knew they blew the call. They blew it. They blew that call over there on that third down. Everybody in the stadium knew it. They just didn't man up enough to pick that flag up."

 

On how the team has persevered through injuries

"It's been incredible what we've gone through. I told those kids in there who were hurting, 'You don't have to apologize to anybody. You've got to walk out there with your head held high.'"

 

On a timetable regarding his coaching evaluation

"I don't concern myself with that. You guys can concern yourself with that."

 

On if he has been informed of any timetable

"That's not my decision, so why are you asking me the question? Talk to somebody else."

 

On senior wide receiver Quincy Enunwa

"Quincy's been a stud all year. He's been big time."

 

On fan's support during the tunnel walk

"It's great."

 

On if he made a case in favor of keeping his job

"I don't coach to make a case. You guys have chosen to make a story of it all year. It's impacted our football team. It's hurt our football team. Let's call a spade a spade. If they want to fire me, go ahead. I believe in what I've done. I don't apologize for what I've done. I don't apologize for anybody, myself or this staff. Our record since I've been here speaks for itself. This program's heading in a good direction. If you choose not to think so, that's your prerogative. All I know is that myself, the staff, the people associated with this program since I've been here can look at themselves in the mirror and feel good about what they've done."

Courtesy UNL Sports Information

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