Nebraska 31
Utah St. 7

Sep. 6, 2003 - 11:40 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | FSN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Utah St. 7 0 0 0 7
Nebraska 6 9 13 3 31

2003 Nebraska-Utah State football, Jammal Lord runJammal Lord is tackled by Utah State Robert Watts after a short gain in the first quarter. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

1st quarter
NEB: J. Lord 15 run (S. DeAngelis kick failed) 5:31
USU: C. Cooley 41 pass from T. Cox (J. Hamblin kick) 4:17 
2nd quarter
NEB: J. Davies 1 run (J. Davis rush failed) 7:34
NEB: D. Dyches 23 field goal, 3:23 
3rd quarter
NEB: D. Horne 3 run (Dyches kick) 10:43 
NEB: Dyches 20 field goal, 8:33 
NEB: Dyches 29 field goal, 5:04 
4th quarter
NEB: Dyches 26 field goal, 10:38 
 
                         USU        NU
First downs               14        22
  Rushing................. 4        18
  Passing................ 10         4
  Penalty................. 0         0
Rushed-yards ......... 23-60    64-273
Passing yards .......... 178       132
  Comp-Att-Int ..... 17-35-1   12-17-0
Sacked-yards lost ..... 4-37       0-0
Punt returns-yards .... 2-12      4-58
K.O. returns-yards ... 5-106      2-38
Interceptions-yards .... 0-0       1-0
Punts-Avg. .......... 7-37.1    3-43.7
Fumbles-lost ........... 4-2       4-2
Penalties-yards ....... 6-33      5-50
Possession time ...... 21:43     38:17

RUSHING
USU: Fiefia, David 9-60; Cooley, Chris 2-15; Cox, Travis 12-minus 15. 

NEB: Lord, Jammal 20-72; Davis, Josh 14-63; Horne, David 10-50; Dailey, Joe 9-47; Ross, Cory 8-22; LeFlore, Mark 1-21; Davies, Judd 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 3.

PASSING
USU: Cox, Travis 17-33-0-178; Crivello, Matt 0-1-1-0; Tolli, Barry 0-1-0-0.

NEB: Lord, Jammal 8-12-0-85; Dailey, Joe 4-5-0-47.

RECEIVING
USU: Cooley, Chris 6-92; Coleman, Kenny 4-51; Stephens, Jason 2-21; Hicks, Raymond 2-6; Fiefia, David 2-0; Stallworth, Chr 1-8. 

NEB: Pilkington, R. 5-57; Herian, Matt 4-62; Davis, Josh 1-7; LeFlore, Mark 1-5; Davies, Judd 1-1.

Attendance: 77,284

2003 Nebraska-Utah State, T.J. Hollowell and Barry TolliT.J. Hollowell chases down Utah State’s Barry Tolli during the second quarter. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

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Williams wreaks havoc on Aggies with sack attack

Keyed by a record-setting performance by linebacker Demorrio Williams, Nebraska overcame a sluggish start to defeat Utah State, 31-7.

Williams, a 6-1, 215-pound senior linebacker from Beckville, Texas, took control of the game over the final three quarters, making eight tackles, including three sacks, as Nebraska scored 25 unanswered points after spotting Utah State a 7-6 lead.

Williams’ three sacks tied the linebacker school record and was the first time any Husker had three sacks in a game since Steve Warren had three against Texas A&M in 1999.

The Huskers allowed 145 yards in the first quarter, but Williams and the rest of the Blackshirts gave up just 43 more yards prior to the Aggies’ final drive late in the fourth quarter. Utah State finished with just 238 total yards.

The Huskers also received a strong performance by freshman David Dyches, who booted field goals of 23, 29, 20 and 26 yards in his debut. It was just the fourth time in school history a Husker kicked four or more field goals in a game.

NU quarterback Jammal Lord completed 8 of 12 passes for 85 yards, while Joe Dailey, who was making his first appearance, connected on 4 of 5 passes for 47 yards in limited duty.

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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 have difference makers on defense in Williams and in the headphones.

Shatel

There’s some real hope here. Why? Start with D, as in Demorrio Williams.

Omaha World-Herald
Howard

The Husker defense came slam-banging to the rescue in the person of linebacker Demorrio Williams.

Nebraska StatePaper
Mabry

If Dailey could have heard some of the comments directed at Lord, I’m not sure he'd want to be the starting quarterback.

Lincoln Journal Star
McKeever

For the second straight week, the Huskers’ weakside linebacker proved too much for an offensive tackle to handle when Pelini moved him to the outside of the line.

Lincoln Journal Star
Red Clad Loon

Something tells me that finishing what one starts will be a well-rehearsed theme at Cornhusker practices this week.

Arneal

Dailey’s day will come, but it isn’t right now.

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