LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -Coach Bo Pelini is telling his players to keep their cool.
The Cornhuskers have committed eight personal fouls in five games - not counting the flag Pelini got for unsportsmanlike conduct against Virginia Tech.
``When there is an either-or situation in the heat of the moment, if the situation calls for it, you have to learn to pull off of it and not take the shot. We're not always doing that,'' Pelini said during the Big 12 coaches' teleconference with reporters.
The Huskers were called for two personal fouls in Saturday's 52-17 loss to Missouri.
Defensive end Zach Potter initiated helmet-to-helmet contact with quarterback Chase Daniel in the first quarter. Offensive lineman Matt Slauson was called for a personal foul in the middle of the fourth quarter.
``We need to play smarter,'' Pelini said. ``Not only the personal fouls, but putting ourselves in first-and-15 and some of the things that happen there. We need to be more disciplined and take care of that aspect. Too many penalties.''
He also said there was insufficient evidence to prove Daniel's claim that a Cornhuskers player spat on him before Saturday's game in Lincoln. Pelini said he spoke with his team and talked with Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and characterized his investigation as a lot of ``he said-he said.'' As for whom Daniel accused specifically, Pelini said it was ``a little bit gray.''
Pinkel declined to comment on the matter Monday. Pelini says it's a moot issue now.
The Huskers go into Saturday's game at No. 7 Texas Tech on pace to set a school record for penalties in a season.
The Huskers have been flagged 46 times for 374 yards, and their average of 74.8 penalty yards ranks 115th out of 119 Football Bowl Series schools.
The 2003 Huskers set the season record of 89 penalties, and the 2002 team set the penalty yardage record of 784.
The 14 penalties against Missouri tied the Nebraska record. Through five games last season, the Huskers had been penalized 33 times for 318 yards.
Pelini's fiery demeanor has been received well by players and fans after four years of the aloof Bill Callahan.
But his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Virginia Tech wasn't his first run-in with officials. He also was flagged for the same infraction when he was Nebraska's interim head coach for the 2003 Alamo Bowl win over Michigan State.
Athletic director Tom Osborne declined to comment on Pelini's sideline behavior, saying last week that the issue was between him and Pelini.
Pelini acknowledges he and his assistants must do a better job of conveying to the players the importance of staying disciplined.
``We need to play smarter,'' he said.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

2016 College Conference Previews on Tue, Jun 2016 by Blade
2016 QB Rankings on Wed, Jun 2016 by Blade
2016 Coaching Changes on Wed, Jun 2016 by Blade

NCAAF Headlines

More inNCAAF News  

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Saban not focused on satellite camps After spending part of last week lashing out about satellite camps, Alabama coach Nick Saban now says...
Thumbnail Briles out, Grobe in at Baylor The Baylor football team has a new coach as Art Briles has been fired and Jim Grobe will be...
Thumbnail Cal lands Davis Webb The Cal Bears may have lost the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft at quarterback, but the Golden Bears seem to have found a good replacement...
Thumbnail FSU dismisses running back The Florida State Seminoles have parted ways with running back Mario Pender after a recent arrest.
Thumbnail Hokies suspend two defenders The Justin Fuente era of Virginia Tech football isn’t off to a great start, as two defensive players have been indefinitely...
More inNCAAF Articles  

NCAAF Team Pages