Nebraska 18
Penn St. 10

Sept. 13, 2003 • 7:07 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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Husker I-back Josh Davis rushed for 179 yards on 32 carries as the Nebraska threw just six passes against the Nittany Lions. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics
1st quarter
NEB: D. Dyches 36 field goal, 9:05
2nd quarter
NEB: Dyches 35 field goal, 12:27
PSU: R. Upton 13 run (R. Gould kick) 10:28 
NEB: Dyches 41 field goal, 2:23
PSU: Gould 47 field goal, 0:00
3rd quarter
NEB: J. Lord 3 run (run failed) 6:48
4th quarter
NEB: Dyches 32 field goal, 3:53
                          PSU       NU
First downs .............. 13       23
  Rushing.................. 4       20
  Passing.................. 7        3
  Penalty.................. 2        0
Rushed-yards .......... 21-44   72-337
Passing yards ........... 159       60
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 16-33-1    4-6-1
Sacked-yards lost ....... 0-0      0-0
Punt returns-yards ...... 0-0     6-58
K.O. returns-yards ..... 3-52      0-0
Interceptions-yards .... 1-13      1-0
Punts-Avg. ........... 6-40.7   2-32.0
Fumbles-lost ............ 2-1      3-1
Penalties-yards ......... 1-5     7-47
Possession time ....... 20:15    39:45

PSU: A. Scott 6-19; S. McHugh 3-14; R. Upton 1-13; Z. Mills 6-0; M. Robinson 5-minus 2.

NEB: J. Davis 32-179; J. Lord 20-100; D. Horne 14-61; J. Davies 3-2; S. Kriewald 1-0; TEAM 2-minus 5.

PSU: Z. Mills 16-33-1-159.
NEB: J. Lord 4-6-1-60.

PSU: S. McHugh 7-48; T. Johnson 4-42; G. Smith 2-41; M. Kranchick 1-20; K. Palmer 1-5; M. Robinson 1-3.

NEB: M. LeFlore 2-22; R. Pilkington 1-26; M. Herian 1-12.

Attendance: 78,008


Stats & recap

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.

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2003 schedule
04/19Red 13, White 0
08/30Oklahoma St.W 17-7
09/06Utah St.W 31-7
09/13Penn St.W 18-10
09/25@ S. MissW 38-14
10/04Troy St.W 30-0
10/11@ MissouriL 24-41
10/18Texas A&MW 48-12
10/25Iowa St.W 28-0
11/01@ TexasL 7-31
11/08@ KansasW 24-3
11/15Kansas St.L 7-38
11/28@ ColoradoW 31-22
12/29Michigan St.W 17-3


Colonel Mustard

I just don’t know how long we can keep moving the ball with such a limited playbook.


This season isn’t a beauty contest. ... It’s about fighting and scratching and clawing and all the other blood-stained clichés. It's about survival.

Omaha World-Herald

I propose the 2003 squad be dubbed The Scoring Implosion.

Lincoln Journal Star
Red Clad Loon

Game ball goes to Tony’s kid, as if that’s a big shock to anyone anywhere on Planet Earth.


Chalk up the victory for Nebraska, but the real story is the Huskers’ inability to cash in on scoring opportunities.

Grand Island Independent

Nebraska can pound out field goals like inmates stamp out license plates. But neither is a way to make a living.

Daily Nebraskan

Don’t be fooled by the final score. This was a thorough beating.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Why the struggles? Why do teams no longer fear Penn State’s defense?

Daily Collegian
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