Nebraska 38
S. Miss 14

Sep. 25, 2003 - 6:45 p.m. Central
M.M. Roberts Stadium | Hattiesburg, MS | ESPN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 17 0 14 7 38
S. Miss 0 7 0 7 14
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Tight end Matt Herian snags a pass on a crossing route for a 20-yard gain as USM’s Kevis Coley gives chase. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics
1st quarter
NEB: J. Lord 6 run (D. Dyches kick) 11:40
NEB: Dyches 40 field goal, 8:33
NEB: D. Horne 3 run (Dyches kick) 7:20
2nd quarter
USM: T. Blackwell 1 run (D. McCaleb kick) 1:57
3rd quarter
NEB: R. Pilkington 44 pass from Lord (Dyches kick) 9:51
NEB: I. Fluellen 43 pass from Lord (Dyches kick) 7:59
4th quarter
USM: C. Hendrix 6 pass from D. Carter (McCaleb kick) 2:43
NEB: R. Miller 47 run (Dyches kick) 1:48 
 
                         NEB       USM
First downs ............. 11        19
  Rushing................. 6         7
  Passing................. 3        11
  Penalty................. 2         1
Rushed-yards ........ 45-141    36-108
Passing yards .......... 124       211
  Att-Comp-Int ...... 6-15-1   18-42-2
Sacked-yards lost ..... 5-25      2-14
Punt returns-yds ...... 4-42      3-49
K.O. returns-yds ...... 3-58     5-112
Interceptions-yds ..... 2-41      1-16
Punts-Avg. .......... 7-47.6    7-41.7
Fumbles-lost ........... 2-0       3-3
Penalties-yards ....... 9-50      9-66
Possession time ...... 28:49     31:11

RUSHING
NEB: R. Miller 2-47; J. Davis 10-42; D. Horne 6-31; C. Ross 6-25; J. Lord 18-6; S. Kriewald 1-2; J. Dailey 1-minus 3; K. Larson 1-minus 9.

USM: T. Blackwell 10-44; J. Walley 7-27; D. Almond 12-23; D. Carter 2-7; S. Moore 3-6; M. Young 1-1; Team, 1-0.

PASSING
NEB: J. Lord 6-14-0-124; J. Dailey 0-1-1-0.
USM: D. Almond 4-24-2-68; D. Carter 14-17-0-143; Team 0-1-0-0.    
 
RECEIVING
NEB: R. Pilkington 3-56; I. Fluellen 1-43; M. Herian 1-20; D. Horne 1-5.
 
USM: K. Johnson 4-41; P. Causey 3-49; D. Lawrence 3-38; C. Hendrix 3-28; A. Courington 2-34; S. Moore 1-11; T. Blackwell 1-7; T. Browden 1-3.

Attendance: 36,125

2003 Nebraska football vs Southern Miss, Demorrio Williams, Daniel Bullocks and James WalleyDemorrio Williams, left, and Daniel Bullocks look to wrap up USM’s James Walley. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

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Air game helps Huskers pull away on road

Nebraska’s defense continued its opportunistic ways and the Husker offense used two long touchdowns through the air to post a 38-14 victory at Southern Mississippi on Thursday night.

The Huskers wasted no time taking the partisan Golden Eagle crowd out of the game. On the game’s third play nose tackle Ryon Bingham recovered a fumbled USM snap at the 29-yard line, and the Huskers quickly converted. Jammal Lord capped a four-play drive with a six-yard touchdown run to give Nebraska a 7-0 advantage just over three minutes into the game.

Nebraska forced a three-and-out on USM’s next possession and after a short Golden Eagle punt began at the USM 43. The Huskers drove inside the 20 before the drive stalled, and freshman placekicker David Dyches connected on his ninth field goal in 10 attempts this season to push the advantage to 10 points.

The score remained 10-0 for just over a minute. Free safety Josh Bullocks intercepted a Dustin Almond pass on USM’s first play of its next drive and returned the ball 41 yards to the 4-yard line. I-back David Horne ran in from three yards out three plays later to give the Huskers a 17-0 advantage midway through the opening quarter.

Nebraska’s road victory, after three wins in Lincoln, pushed the Huskers to 4-0 on the season.

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

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

We are just going to have to live with this offense this year. The best we can hope for here is that they can control the ball.

Shatel

The underdog Eagles weren’t up to the task. The Huskers were up to it and more. And now they want a lot more.

Omaha World-Herald
Douglass

Perhaps the most disturbing news for some Nebraska fans is that Joe Dailey doesn’t appear to be ready to be the answer at quarterback.

Grand Island Independent
Diehl

The defense was downright nasty again for the three quarters that mattered.

Daily Nebraskan
Red Clad Loon

With the Husker running game getting stuffed by the gap-shooting Eagle D, Lord turned to the long ball — and delivered beautifully.

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