Published Friday, October 19, 2012 AT 8:21 AM / Updated at 8:21 AM
Joseph says Blackshirts need more turnovers
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska assistant coach Terry Joseph said Friday that an emphasis for his secondary – and the Husker defense overall – will be to create more turnovers in the second half of the season.

NU goes into Saturday’s game at Northwestern with nine forced turnovers, including just three interceptions. And three of those turnovers were committed by Idaho State in the Bengals’ 73-7 loss to the Huskers.

Nebraska forced just one turnover in each of its losses to UCLA and Ohio State, both fumbles.

“We still need to get more takeaways,” Joseph said at the Big Red Breakfast. “And takeaways come down to two key components – effort and toughness. Because not only do you have to get to the ball, but you got to have a bad attitude when you get there, because that’s going to get the ball out.”

P.J. Smith, Josh Mitchell and Ciante Evans have the Huskers’ three interceptions this season.

With NU losing 15 turnovers, it currently ranks last in the Big Ten in turnover margin at minus-6.

About Rich Kaipust

Rich Kaipust is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and covers Nebraska football. You can follow Rich on Twitter (@RKaipustOWH) or email him at