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Riley: "We understand the expectations and we embrace that...we did not play like that on Saturday"

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Posted at 12:09 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 13:12:25-04

After Nebraska football suffered a tough 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois, head coach Mike Riley spoke to the media about what sort of changes could be made to turn the season around.

Riley said that he and his coaching staff understand the expectations fans and media members have for the program, and said they also understand that they did not play like that Saturday.

He said that the Huskers' problems were evident: the offensive line did not block for the quarterback and the offense did not run the ball consistently. He said that the offensive line play comes down to a mixture between problems with technique, or not knowing assignments. 

Riley used to call plays when he coached at Oregon State, and he was asked if he would take over the playcalling duties from offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf. Riley said there will be no change in who calls the plays, but there will be changes in how the team prepares for games.

Following the loss to Northern Illinois, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst spoke to the media about his thoughts on the loss, saying he was "frustrated and angry". 

Riley was asked what he thought of Eichorst's comments and said that he did not hear what the Athletic Director said, but he spoke with him after the game and knows his thoughts. He said whatever was said, he probably deserved it.

Riley also addressed the injury status of many of his key players. Click here for a full injury report.

To hear the Monday presser in its entirety, watch our Facebook Live below.