Turnovers Costly in Loss to Eagles
Southern Miss scored 18 points off four Nebraska turnovers and defeated the Huskers, 21-17, at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers fell to 1-1 on the season despite a 476-239 advantage in total offense against the Golden Eagles.
Trailing 21-17 with less than four minutes remaining in the game, the Huskers began their final drive at their own 41-yard line after forcing Southern Miss to punt from its own 21. NU picked up two quick first downs as sophomore quarterback Joe Dailey hit Ross Pilkington with a 21-yard pass, then connected with Grant Mulkey for 14 yards. After a 4-yard rush by sophomore running back Cory Ross and an incomplete pass, Terrence Nunn had a 5-yard reception. On fourth-and-one, Ross carried for a 3-yard gain.
With a first down at the 12, Dailey threw two incomplete passes before the Huskers were hit with a 5-yard penalty for delay of game. Dailey’s pass to the corner of the end zone slipped through Matt Herian’s hands as USM’s Caleb Hendrix was credited with a pass breakup. On fourth down, Dailey couldn’t find an open receiver and scrambled 10 yards as time expired.