What Mike Riley said after Nebraska’s win over Arkansas State

Nebraska handed Arkansas State a loss in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

The Huskers had to sweat it out after Arkansas State scored a late touchdown and recovered an onside kick, but the Red Wolves couldn’t complete a pass into the end zone as the clock hit zero. Tanner Lee finished with 238 yards on 19-for-32 passing in his Nebraska debut, and the Huskers were able to eke out a win over a fast-paced Arkansas State attack that finished with 415 yards through the air.

Here’s what Nebraska head coach Mike Riley had to say after the win:

On RB Tre Bryant:

“Late in the week we decided to let him play, and the substitution would be done when he got tired. We’re fortunate. We have three guys who can be all-purpose backs. We toyed around with the idea that one of them could be a third-down back, but we decided not to do that.”

On Arkansas State’s offense, his

“We ran into a buzzsaw tonight. They played really well against us… If they catch that 10-yard hitch route and take it for 60, that makes all the difference at the end of the game.”

“I really like where our defense is headed.”

On playing Oregon next week:

“We look forward to the process of getting ready for the game against Oregon. Obviously, football, it’s always competitive. You don’t know what you’re going to come up with.”

On punter Caleb Lightbourn’s performance:

“I think Caleb punted the ball really well. I don’t even know the numbers, but even the first one,  he hit well and they returned it for a touchdown. So when you talk about Caleb and the unit, they might be two different things.”

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