LOS ANGELES — Andre Jones had no comment for media members Saturday night after Nebraska's 28-10 loss to Southern California.
After guaranteeing a Nebraska victory over the Trojans earlier in the week, Jones had nothing to say after USC quarterback John David Booty torched the NU secondary for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
After Dwayne Jarrett caught 11 passes for 136 yards and two TDs, Jones didn't want to talk.
You can't blame him. What more could be said?
It was all there for everyone to see under the bright lights of the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The USC Trojans are really, really good.
The Husker played bend but don't break defense that succeeded from that standpoint. USC's longest passing play was a 21-yarder from Booty to Jarrett. The Trojans' longest running play was a 26-yard scamper by Emmanuel Moody in the final drive of the game.
That was the good news for the Huskers. The bad news was that USC averaged 4.6 yards per rush attempt and 10.3 per pass.
And really, whatever Jones could have said or should have said before the game had very little to do with what happened on the field.
His comments probably didn't do anything to motivate the Trojans. They're good enough right now that they don't have to worry about what other people are saying.
It was another example of the media doing what it does best, and that's taking a potential controversy and running with it.
"I think that thing got blown out of proportion for that kid," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said. "Andre Jones is a hell of a kid. I think he learned from this experience not to make bold statements.
"He got boxed into a corner with a question and didn't do his best at that time, but we had a long talk and I know he'll benefit from it."
The game plan had a lot more to do with the outcome of the game than Jones' comments. Except for the fake punt that turned into a 28-yard pass from Dan Titchener to Todd Peterson, the Husker coached called an ultra-conservative game.
The Huskers ran on every single first down play of the second half. Zac Taylor threw only 16 passes and the wide receivers caught just three including Peterson's grab on the fake punt.
Whether the game plan was good or bad is certainly open for debate, but Callahan stuck with it even though the Huskers rushed for just 68 yards on 36 attempts for an average of 1.9 yards per try.
The wisdom of sticking with the running game even when it wasn't producing is also open for debate. The only time Taylor found any rhythm in the passing game was late in the third quarter when he hit Terrance Nunn on a 21-yard play, then found Matt Herian with a 26-yard play that moved the ball inside the 5-yard line and set up NU's only touchdown of the game.
You can't help but wonder if a few more shots down the field might have opened things up a bit. Then again, Callahan didn't want Taylor standing back there exposed for long periods of time against a tough USC pass rush.
An injury to the NU quarterback could have sent the Huskers reeling for the rest of the season, so Callahan stuck with a ground game that was going nowhere in a hurry and the Huskers survived to play another day.
"We continued to run the football and we did what we planned to do to win the game," Callahan said. "I'm really proud of our efforts, working hard to establish the run."
Maybe Callahan should have followed Jones' lead on Saturday night. A well-placed "no comment" can certainly at times be the right thing to say.