October 14, 2007

NU Notes: Searching for answers

Oklahoma State came in to Lincoln on Saturday and didn't just come away victorious, but in dominant fashion, 45-14, where they beat the Huskers at home for the first time since 1960.

Nebraska, after last week's road loss to Missouri, was looking for a fast start but it was the Cowboys who started scoring early and didn't stop. Nebraska was held scoreless for three quarters until quarterback Sam Keller found tight end J.B. Phillips in the fourth quarter for a 13-yard touchdown pass.

With the Huskers sitting at 4-3 overall, coach Bill Callahan said after Saturday's game that he "hurt" for his players but also answered questions about his staff.

"It just hurts to watch these kids hurt," Callahan said. "I'm not worried about my job. I'm just going to do the best I can and whatever happens, happens. I don't think you can coach in fear or coach like you're scare of something. I've never coached like that in my life. I've been in this business for 30 years, and it sure as hell isn't going to start now, that's for sure.

"I just feel terrible for these players."

The Huskers allowed OSU to put up 551 yards of total offense, 317 of which came on the ground mainly between running backs Dantrell Savage, Kendall Hunter, and Julius Crosslin. NU's defense, which has received plenty of criticism over the last few weeks, was also something that Callahan was asked about following Saturday's game.

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