LINCOLN -- Nebraska offensive coordinator Mark Whipple met with the media following practice Wednesday morning. He spoke on the response he has seen from the team following the return from Ireland.

"We had a really good meeting on Sunday night, then practiced light on Monday, but they were flying around," Whipple said. "Today we did some good things, put in some new stuff and checked on some stuff. We will get it cleaned up, but they have been really good."

Whipple explained what the message was to the team after watching game film and what the emphasis has been this week.

"I was more encouraged than discouraged," he said. "I told the guys, three quarters, 440 yards, averaged eight yards, four touchdowns, and one turnover that was shaky. Then the fourth quarter we did not finish. We were really good on third downs, and the fourth quarter we were 0-3. I thought what we did well was we started fast. The offensive staff did a really good job at halftime putting things together scoring two touchdowns in a row, but the bottom line this week was finishing."

He spoke on Casey Thompson and what he saw from his performance against Northwestern.  

"I thought he managed things, and that goes back to no penalties," Whipple said. "With the signals and the calls, I thought he showed leadership. We had a couple big plays on scrambles, where he kind of ran into things that way. He wasn't perfect, but I thought he was a little better than average. Missed some balls, some easy throws, and we worked on those things. He handled everything very well, and I've seen some bounce and more leadership this week."

The Huskers will continue preparation tomorrow for their home opener this Saturday, Sept. 3. Kickoff between Nebraska and North Dakota is set for 2:30 p.m. The game can be heard on the Huskers Radio Network, including several News Channel Nebraska affiliates. See our full sports schedule for a list of networks covering the game.