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Pelini talks progress

Nebraska is 4-1 coming off its 39-19 Big Ten conference win over Illinois, and Huskers coach Bo Pelini is happy - but not satisfied.

Bo Pelini addressed the media at his weekly news conference on Monday.

"I thought there were a lot of positives, a lot of good things that came out of that game," Pelini said during his weekly Monday news conference. "Like I told the team yesterday, a lot of things that we need to get cleaned up. I thought there was progress made in a lot of phases, but still, a lot of things that we can do better. We're heading in a good direction, but we've still got a lot of work to do."

Nebraska's offense, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong in place of injured starter Taylor Martinez, put up 521 total yards - including 335 yards on the ground.

Ameer Abdullah rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns, and Imani Cross added 76 yards and a touchdown.

However, Nebraska struggled to stop the run defensively.

Illinois rushed for 195 yards on the day, 114 of which came from running back Josh Ferguson. The Fighting Illini also put up 372 total offensive yards.

"I don't want to take away from some things that Illinois did, but we gave them some yards and gave them a couple of plays we shouldn't have given them," Pelini said.

Pelini also thought that the Huskers' offense could have been better, despite putting up 39 points.

"Overall, I thought it was a pretty solid effort offensively, but we left a lot of points and a lot of yards out on the field," he said. "That's not concerning, but it was disappointing because there were some things that happened that we'll gain a lot from."

Looking ahead, the Huskers must prepare to travel to Purdue to face a 1-4 Boilermakers team. Though Purdue's record may not be good, it is worth noting that the Boilermakers are putting up 214.6 passing yards per game.

"I think they're going with the young quarterback," Pelini said. "The staff's only been together for what, five or six games? They've had a week off. Who knows? We could see some different things. You just gotta go off of what you've seen up to this point and be ready to make adjustments."

The happy but not satisfied theme was extended again when Pelini said his focus right now is more on his team than next week's opponent.

"We've got to fix us and continue to increase our level of execution and our knowledge, and get ready to play our best football on Saturday," he said.

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