Dejuan Groce sets sail on his second punt-return TD. | Courtesy of Huskers.com
Groce’s returns spark Huskers
DeJuan Groce set a school record and tied the NCAA record by returning a pair of punts for touchdowns to lead the No. 9/8 Nebraska football team to a 31-16 win over Troy State.
Groce’s first return gave NU a 14-0 lead in the second quarter with an electrifying 83-yard burst up the middle for the sixth-longest return in school history. He added a near-mirror 72-yard return in the third quarter to give the Huskers a 24-10 advantage.
Along with upping his career total to four punt-return touchdowns, Groce added a pair of first-quarter interceptions. For his efforts, he earned Big 12 Special Teams Player-of-the-Week and national player-of-the-week honors.
Quarterback Jammal Lord led the Huskers with 92 yards and one touchdown on 23 rushing attempts, while adding 114 yards on 8-of-15 passing.
Linebacker Demorrio Williams made his first career start and led the Husker defense with eight tackles.