OR starts fast, hangs on to outlast Nebraska


It was the fifth straight Nebraska victory in the series between the two teams.

If you watch OR play Nebraska on Saturday afternoon, you'll notice the Ducks' shiny silver, chrome helmets, yellow outlines around their numbers, and yellow socks.

In the video above, Herbert evaluates Oregon's offense after their win over Nebraska and explains why they were shutout in the second half.

Taggart, hired from South Florida to replace Mark Helfrich, made some noise about a quarterback competition this spring, but that seemed more like an effort by a new coach to force players to earn playing time.

A quick four-play, 75-yard touchdown drive for Nebraska, capped off with a five-yard touchdown run by Bryant, made it 21-14.

Nebraska's offense got off to a strong start to the second half, as Morgan came up with a 22-yard fourth-down conversion catch and then an 18-yard touchdown to cut to 42-21. These two Power 5 players met in Lincoln a year ago with the Cornhuskers coming out on top.

The Ducks had a pair of backs go over 100 yards in their opener. The Ducks scored 2 plays later as Royce Freeman picked up his second score of the day making it 28-14 Oregon. Freeman scored on a 1-yard run to finish an eight-play, 73-yard drive, and running back Kani Benoit scored on a 5-yard run to cap a seven-play, 70-yard drive.

Nebraska returns home Saturday to play Northern Illinois.

Oregon's defense struggled last season, when the Ducks went 4-8. The 2016 Ducks were one of the tenth worst defenses in the nation.

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Linebacker Troy Dye had ten tackles and an interception.

You can catch all of the action on Information 1000 KSOO-AM. The two touchdowns sprung Nebraska - and the horde of fans who traveled to OR for the game - back to life with the score at 42-28.

Nebraska (1-0) is coming off a 43-36 victory over Arkansas State last Saturday.

But on the first play from scrimmage, OR cornerback Uguchukwu Amadi intercepted Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee, whose arm was hit as he threw.

The Husker offensive line opened up some big holes for the running game, but had a couple of missed blocks.

He's not the young idealist that began OSU on the path back to winning in 1997 and '98, or the National Football League veteran that tried to make the San Diego Chargers succeed and eventually returned to guide the Beavers a second time from 2003 through 2014.

OR sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert completed 25 of 33 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and Freeman ran 29 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns, as the Ducks amassed 566 total yards, but only 157 coming in the second half. That's all I mentioned to them, that it was up to them to come back and play hard the whole rest of the game.

Not to be outdone, Nebraska's Tanner Lee hit De'Mornay Pierson-El for this on-the-money TD as well. He was injured against NU on September 17, missed a game and then battled to stay healthy the remainder of the season.