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Huskers shut out Trojans for fifth win of ’03
The nation’s top-ranked defense controlled the game from start to finish as Nebraska posted its first shutout in three seasons with a 30-0 victory over Troy State.
The Blackshirts limited Troy State to 150 yards of total offense, forced four turnovers and allowed the Trojans to snap the ball in Nebraska territory just three times.
Nebraska opened the scoring late in the first quarter with David Dyches’ 10th field goal of the season, from 40 yards out. In the second quarter, after Fabian Washington recovered a fumble at the TSU 21, Jammal Lord scored on a 1-yard run to give the Huskers a 10-0 lead they carried into halftime.
Nebraska committed a pair of turnovers on its first three drives of the second half but then got its offense untracked. Lord hit tight end Matt Herian with a 77-yard pass to the Troy State 3, and I-back Cory Ross scored one play later for a 17-0 lead. On their next possession, Nebraska marched 49 yards in six plays, with Lord finishing the drive with a six-yard TD run.
Nebraska capped the scoring with a drive led by No. 2 quarterback Joe Dailey, who hit Herian on a 21-yard TD strike to account for the final margin.