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Pelini angry with Nebraska's penalty binge

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini blames himself and his staff for the Cornhuskers' early problems with penalties.

Nebraska ranks 115th nationally with an average of 9.2 penalties per game and 110th nationally with an average of 74.8 penalty yards per game. Included in the barrage have been eight personal foul penalties, including a helmet-to-helmet hit by Nebraska defensive end Zach Potter on Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel in the Tigers' victory on Saturday night.

"We have to play with more discipline," Pelini said. "That comes from me and from the staff. Some of them I can't comment about because I can't talk about officiating. But we just need to play smarter."

Pelini said he's been aggravated by sloppy false start penalties and being flagged for offsides as much as the 15-yard penalties.

"We need to be more disciplined and take care of things," Pelini said. "There are just too many penalties."

Trying to eliminate penalties has been something that Pelini's staff has emphasized for the last several weeks in practice -- apparently to no avail.

"You just stress it and you keep stressing it," Pelini said. "But they are calling it. It's hard to simulate those things in practice, but it's an either-or situation that we aren't always doing. We've got to do a better job."