Defense Plays Big In Win Over Nebraska

Loren Elliott | Times

OR rattled off 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 42-14 lead into halftime but didn't score after the break.

OR hosts Nebraska on Saturday at Autzen Stadium in a matchup of two 1-0 teams looking for a quality win before conference play kicks off.

Though he was disappointed by the latest defeat to the Ducks, Riley was still able to reflect upon coaching in the state of OR for what may very well be the last time in his career. The Ducks will take what's given, but are also committed to dictating. Justin Herbert completed 17 of 21 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown while Taylor Alie threw for 74 yards in 6-for-6 passes. Freeman had a 28-yard run in the drive. Herbert found wide receiver Charles Nelson from eight yards out, and OR went up 14-0 in less than four minutes of gameplay.

"This is not about me going back to Oregon". Taggart said there's not much the Ducks will draw from that game.

Last year, USF rolled up 316 yards and four scores. Royce Freeman took the ball in for the score as the First Quarter came to an end putting the Ducks up 21-7.

The coaches and players clearly have decided that this is the best way for the team to stay together, play for each other, and stay excited and motivated to win each week.

The defense forced a three-and-out to get the ball back with 2:25 still left on the clock, taking over at their own 38. Kani Benoit added three scores on 107 yards rushing.

In between those scores, the Huskers had a costly false start at their 34-yard line that negated what would have been a fourth-and-1 conversion.




In those games, which Taggart swept, the Bulls ran the ball 67 percent of the time.

Nebraska had only 171 total yards at the end of the first half.

Night and day. That's the best description of the Huskers' first-half performance compared to their second. The Huskers answered, though, and got on the board after a 95-yard drive capped off by a 23-yard touchdown pass to De'Mornay Pierson-El. Morgan Jr. finished the afternoon with seven catches for 103 yards.

Taggart made his debut as a head coach with Western Kentucky against Nebraska in 2010, losing 49-10 to the Huskers in Lincoln. The more highly touted passer they signed, Del City (Okla.) High dual-threat product Terry Wilson, actually flipped to OR from Nebraska.

OR turned both turnovers into points.

OR responded by driving to the Nebraska 32, but the Ducks stalled and couldn't convert on fourth-and-3.

The Nebraska offense cooled off after their second scoring drive of the half however, and failed to score on their next four possessions. Williams also notched an interception and recovered the fumble that Reed forced. "Running the ball, field position, third downs, that wins games and that's going to be a big reason why we didn't get a win today". Nebraska now leads the all-time series against OR, 6-2.

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