Ground game, Dykes’ kicks carry Huskers
The Nebraska game plan during this young 2003 season has been simple. Pound opponents up front with the running game, control the clock, and let the upstart defense take care of the rest.
The Huskers continued to use that formula with success on Saturday night, punishing Penn State on the ground for 337 yards rushing, while the Blackshirts held the Nittany Lions scoreless in the second half in an 18-10 Nebraska victory. With the win, the Huskers remain undefeated at 3-0.
A bruising ground attack, led by a career night by I-back Josh Davis, allowed the Huskers to nearly double Penn State’s possession time. Davis galloped for 179 yards on 32 carries and quarterback Jammal Lord added 100 more.
But despite its 72 running plays, NU was able to put only one across the goal line, leaving much of the scoring to freshman placekicker David Dyches, who connected on four field goals, including a crucial 32-yarder with 3:53 left in the game.