Pelini presses Huskers on turnovers, penalties

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska focused on turnovers as it began preparing for this week's game in Lincoln against Arkansas State.

The Huskers had three on Saturday in beating Florida Atlantic 49-3 to open the season.

Coach Bo Pelini said after practice Monday that the team would continue its emphasis on taking the ball away.

Pelini also says the Huskers need to keep down the number of penalties. They were whistled for nine penalties against Florida Atlantic.

This week's Husker opponent, Arkansas State, reminds defensive coordinator Carl Pelini of the Troy team in 2003. (Troy was 6-6 that year and lost 30-0 at NU).

"This isn't a pushover coming in here," Carl Pelini said.

Arkansas State, coming off a 61-0 season-opening win against Mississippi Valley State, defeated Florida Atlantic 28-14 last year.

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