Cornhuskers have score to settle

Updated: September 10, 2013, 4:00 PM ET
Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Minutes after his team finished its win over Southern Mississippi, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini reminded the No. 23 Cornhuskers that they have a score to settle this week against No. 16 UCLA.

"They're coming into our house, and we owe them," players said Pelini told them before he walked out of the locker room.

Last year, the Huskers lost 36-30 in Los Angeles and gave up 653 yards -- the second-most ever against a Nebraska defense. The teams meet again Saturday in Lincoln.

Pelini said an estimated 300 of those 653 yards came after Nebraska defenders had made initial contact. The coach doesn't expect his players to forget that.

"I would hope, and I'm pretty positive, our team is motivated no matter what the situation," he said. "It just so happens we played this team a year ago, so if that provides our guys with extra motivation, so be it. I would hope it does. Hopefully that motivation will come in the form of great preparation, because that's how you win a football game."

Nebraska senior defensive back Ciante Evans said besides Ohio State's Braxton Miller, UCLA's Brett Hundley is the best quarterback he's faced.

Hundley, well-established as one of the nation's top run-pass threats, accounted for 358 yards of total offense and four touchdowns last year against the Huskers.

"We have to cover longer. That's our job," Evans said. "Extended plays are going to happen Saturday. We have to get used to it and practice it throughout the week."

Evans said UCLA "deserved every bit" of the victory last year.

"All the losses are a sticking point, especially when you want to win them all," he said. "We remember them. We remember this one as a team. Hopefully we'll come out with a sense of urgency this week."


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