Nebraska interim coach Mickey Joseph took full responsibility for his team's performance in a 49-14 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday.
Scott Frost was fired after a 1-2 start to the season. Joseph promised to bring more energy and enthusiasm to the program and had his players get back to the basics at practice while also removing the black shirts that are a trademark of the defense.
Things didn't go well for the Cornhuskers after their first series. Eric Gray had 113 yards rushing and two more scores as Oklahoma dominated in all areas.
The offensive line had a hard time protecting the quarterback, making it difficult to gain any rhythm on offense, because of the same tackling issues and missed alignments. Oklahoma had nine tackles for loss and four sacks.
Joseph said that this was on him, not his players. I need to do a better job. I have to be responsible for it. We have eight games left and we are going to win some of them.
Joseph said he didn't do enough to get them ready in his first week as head coach. We need to do some individual work, some more drill work, less team work and get some basics straightened up.
During practice, Joseph got his players to tackle again, something they hadn't done before. The upcoming open date is when he plans to do more tackling work.
If certain players are deserving of more playing time, he would consider changing the depth chart. Joseph doesn't think he will make any changes to the coaching staff.
It was a challenge for Joseph and his players. Joseph was on the staff for less than a year as the receiver's coach. The head coach who recruited them had to leave. None of the players blamed Joseph for what happened.
Nick Henrich said that coach Joseph did an amazing job. The players were the ones playing the game on Saturday, so we have to buy into what he says and believe in him.
Nebraska had a tendency to lose close games. There are a lot of close games. He was 5-22 in games decided by one or less. The loss to Oklahoma was closer than expected.
It was distressing to go from a lot of close losses to not being close Saturday. Joseph found the performance surprising. Farmer said it felt like things were going Nebraska's way before the game started to get out of hand.
Farmer said that he didn't want to answer the questions. You aren't with us at the end of the day. You aren't with us. We have to continue playing football.
It was Oklahoma's largest margin of victory in the series since 1990. Nebraska had lost 13 in a row by single digits.
Joseph would have an opportunity to interview for the head-coaching job, according to the athletic director.
A source close to Joseph said he believed the coach would be given a chance, but that the rest of the season would be an on-the-job test.
Fans chanted "We want Urban!" as former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer sat on the set of the Fox show.
Joseph wants his players to stay focused on the eight Big Ten games left.
"You aren't meant to play football at this point," Farmer said. You have to keep your head up.