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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.