S. Miss 21
Nebraska 17

Sep. 11, 2004 - 11:10 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
S. Miss 6 3 6 6 21
Nebraska 0 3 14 0 17
1st quarter
SM: McCaleb 39 field goal, 05:21
SM: McCaleb 39 field goal, 3:14
2nd quarter
NU: DeAngelis 35 field goal, 14:50
SM: McCaleb 21 field goal, 1:42
3rd quarter
NU: Mulkey 9 pass from Dailey (DeAngelis kick) 11:29
NU: Herian 13 pass from Dailey (DeAngelis kick) 10:00
SM: Stewart 49 int. return (run failed) 0:00
4th quarter
SM: Young 46 pass from Almond (pass failed) 7:47
  
                             SM        NU
FIRST DOWNS................. 11        26
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 33-97    46-274
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 142       202
  Att-Comp-Int......... 28-12-1   42-22-3
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 61-239    88-476
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0       0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 0-0      2-10
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 1-23     6-148
Int. Returns-Yards........ 3-92      1-16
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 7-41.7    4-39.2
Fumbles-Lost............... 2-0       5-2
Penalties-Yards........... 8-59      5-25
Possession Time.......... 24:35     35:18
Third-Down Conv. ......... 6/17      7/17
Fourth-Down Conv. ......... 0/0       1/4
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 2-2       3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 0-0       1-8

RUSHING
SM: Harris 19-72; Hardy 3-16; Moore 3-11; Courington 1-6; TEAM 2-minus 4; Almond 5-minus 4.

NU: C.Ross 27-169; T.Green 11-66; J.Dailey 7-38; B.Jackson 1-1.

PASSING
SM: Almond 12-28-1-142.
NU: J.Dailey 22-42-3-202.

RECEIVING
SM: Courington 3-63; M.Young 3-49; Lawrence 2-17; Perine 2-5; Carter 1-5; Harris 1-3.

NU: M.Herian 8-71; C.Ross 5-27; G.Mulkey 4-43; R.Pilkington 3-40; S.Kriewald 1-16; T.Nunn 1-5.

Attendance: 77,887


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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.

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Commentary

Colonel Mustard

Joe has talent, but he is not ready to handle everything that is being thrown at him. In fairness it is only his second start in a new offense.

Shatel

The reality is that Nebraska football must be all about patience right now.

Omaha World-Herald
Douglass

Sure, the new head coach is a bright and likable guy, but he's also just a football coach -- not a miracle worker.

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McKeever

For Bill Callahan's Huskers, it's amounted to the kind of results you'd expect from a first-time driver trying to navigate L.A. rush-hour traffic.

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