Solich era begins with win over pass-happy ‘Dogs
It was a new look but an old result as the Frank Solich era began with a 56-27 victory over Louisiana Tech in the Eddie Robinson Classic.
Solich was an assistant for 19 seasons until replacing Hall of Fame Coach Tom Osborne after last season. The Huskers scored on all six of their first-half possessions en route to a 35-6 lead at intermission.
Sophomore quarterback Bobby Newcombe completed nine of 10 passes for 168 yards and rushed for a pair of scores in his starting debut before suffering a torn PCL in his left knee late in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs, behind the explosive combination of quarterback Tim Rattay and wide receiver Troy Edwards, closed the gap to 35-21. Edwards set an NCAA record with 405 yards on 21 catches, while Rattay completed 46 of 68 passes for 590 yards.
Sophomore I-back Correll Buckhalter rushed for a career-high 143 yards and two scores, including a 43-yard jaunt for the final score.