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Interim coach Mickey Joseph takes responsibility for Nebraska Cornhuskers loss

Interim coach Mickey Joseph takes responsibility for Nebraska Cornhuskers loss

Lincoln, Nebraska — Nebraska interim coach Mickey Joseph took full responsibility for his team’s performance in the 49-14 loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, repeatedly saying in his post-game press conference, “That’s on me.”

Joseph was promoted to interim coach last Sunday after Scott Frost was sacked following the start of the 1-2 season. Over the course of the week, Joseph promised that he would bring more energy and enthusiasm to the program and get his players back to basics in training – with the black jerseys that are a hallmark of defense removed.

But after their first attack streak ended in relegation, nothing went well for the Cornhuskers. Oklahoma dominated in every area Dillon Gabriel Throw for 230 yards and two touchdowns during Eric Gray It was a 113 yard lunge and two dozen.

The same tackle issues and missed formations plagued the Nebraska defense, while the offensive line had a tough time protecting the quarterback, making it difficult to get any rhythm up front. Oklahoma finished with four sacks and nine tackles to lose.

“This is mine, not my players, not my assistant coaches,” Joseph said. “I have to do a better job, and I will do it. I have to take responsibility for that, and I have it. We have eight matches left, and we are going to prepare to win some matches.”

When Joseph was asked what he could have done differently in his first week as a coach, he said “I think I didn’t do enough last week to get them ready. We have to do some individual work, some practice work next week, less teamwork and tweaking some basics.”

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Joseph had his players intervene again during training, something that did not happen under Frost. He said he plans to do more tackling the work during the upcoming opening date, before Nebraska gets to the heart of the Big Ten schedule.

Additionally, he wants to give younger players more reps and is considering changing the depth chart if those players deserve more playing time. On whether he plans to make any changes to the technical staff, Joseph said: “I can’t see that now.”

The entire week has certainly been challenging for Joseph and his players. Joseph, the former Nebraska quarterback, was on the staff for less than a year as a receiving coach. Meanwhile, the players had to say goodbye to the coach who had recruited them. Of the three players made available for post-match interviews, no one blamed Joseph for what happened on Saturday.

“Coach Joseph has done a great job all week,” the linebacker Nick Heinrich He said. “It’s the players who play the game on Saturday, so we have to believe in what he says and keep working and believe in him, and I know this team believes in him.”

During Frost’s tenure, Nebraska was accustomed to losing close matches. Lots of similar games. Nebraska was 5-22 in games with one score or less in his four seasons as head coach. That includes a closer-than-expected 23-16 loss to Oklahoma a year ago.

So the transition from so many close losses to not getting close to Saturday looked particularly sad. Joseph said the performance surprised him. defensive back Miles Farmer He said he felt like things were going Nebraska’s way at first, before the game got out of hand.

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“You’re going to ask me all these questions that I don’t really want to answer,” Farmer said. “But at the end of the day, you’re not here with us. You’re not in training with us. We have to keep playing football, basically.”

The 35-point winning margin tied for the largest streak in Oklahoma since 1990. It also snapped a streak of 13 straight single-digit losses for Nebraska.

Athletic director Treve Alberts, who declined a request for comment, said during his press conference last Sunday that Joseph will have the opportunity to interview for the coaching job.

A source close to Joseph said he believes the coach will get a fair chance but the remainder of the season will essentially be an on-the-job test.

With that as a backdrop, during Fox’s pre-game show off the field, fans began chanting, “We want an urban!” Where former Ohio State coach Urban Mayer sat on the set.

No matter what happens in the future, Joseph wants to make sure his players stay focused on the remaining 18 games.

“If you’re coming down at this point, you’re not supposed to be playing football,” Farmer said. “You have to keep playing, you have to keep your head up.”