Huskers fall to Ducks despite big second half

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At one point, OR led 42-14 at the half.

" The Ducks don't have a player from Nebraska on the roster, and Nebraska does not have a player from Oregon". The Huskers were out-gained and gave up 417 yards through the air to Justice Hansen, who also had three touchdowns. Instead, Lee threw his fourth interception of the game to end it. In that game in Lincoln, the Ducks ran for 336 yards.

Justin Herbert quietly had a strong start to his sophomore season, completing 17 of 21 passes for 281 yards and a 20-yard touchdown to tight end Jacob Breeland. The Huskers finished with 361 yards of total offense. The Ducks rushed for 348 yards and nine touchdowns, with senior Royce Freeman accounting for four of those scores. The 95-yard drive was Nebraska's longest scoring drive since a 97-yard touchdown drive against Wyoming last season.

The Ducks needed five plays to score, with Herbert hitting Charles Nelson for an 8-yard touchdown pass and 14-0 lead.

Update: (7:05 p.m.): Nebraska gets a huge stop on third down to force an OR punt.

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Freshmen Jordon Scott (nose tackle) and Thomas Graham (cornerback) started for the Ducks last week.

A personal foul in the redzone almost derailed Oregon's next drive, but the Ducks got a big break on a deflected ball that resulted in a 21-yard gain on third-and-17, and they punched it in from there on a 1-yard dive by Freeman.

Tre Bryant had flashes of brilliance that fans saw from him last week, but it was only temporary. Fitting. The Ducks did, after all, amass 77 points and 703 yards of offense in the season opener and then proceeded to spend the opening half against Nebraska proving those figures weren't a fluke.

The Nebraska defense then held serve, forcing a punt after six plays.

OR looked like the Ducks of old times last week, posting 77 points against Southern Utah. 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.

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But the first-half scoring binge Diaco's defense allowed proved decisive. "The first half we were playing a lot of man, running back and forth from the field to the boundaries play-to-play, it starts taxing your body and you start getting exhausted". He got close to the ball several times, but several incompletions in high-reward situations cost the Huskers big time.

Update (5:39 p.m.): Morgan has his number called again and rells in the 20 yard touchdown catch.

The "Blackshirts" will offer more resistance than the FCS Thunderbirds, but Nebraska yielded 497 yards to the Red Wolves.

Nebraska stopped OR on the ensuing possession, which gave Nebraska a shot to tie it with a little more than two minutes remaining.

"They want to run the ball, and probably why they want to is they have three special backs", Huskers linebackers coach Trent Bray said of the Ducks on Tuesday.

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The Ducks' first-year coach described himself as a "jughead" for drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and admitted that Texas A&M's epic collapse at UCLA last Sunday was on his mind during the second half.

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