S. California 28
Nebraska 10

Sep. 16, 2006 - 7:13 p.m. Central
Memorial Coliseum | Los Angeles, CA | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 3 0 0 7 10
S. California 7 7 7 7 28

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1st quarter
NU: J.Congdon 38 field goal, 3:23
SC: D.Jarrett 12 pass from J.Booty (M.Danelo kick) 0:00
2nd quarter
SC: S.Smith 3 pass from Booty (Danelo kick) 2:52
3rd quarter
SC: Jarrett 12 pass from Booty (Danelo kick) 12:05
4th quarter
NU: Z.Taylor 1 run (Congdon kick) 12:44 
SC: C.Washington 7 run (Danelo kick) 6:27

                             NU       USC
FIRST DOWNS................. 10        26
  Rushing.................... 3         8
  Passing.................... 7        15
  Penalty.................... 0         3
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 36-68    31-142
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 143       257
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 17-9-0   37-25-0
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 53-211    68-399
Punt Returns-Yards........ 3-27       1-4
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 2-37      3-43
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 5-38.6    4-41.8
Fumbles-Lost............... 2-1       1-0
Penalties-Yards........... 5-51      7-46
Possession Time.......... 28:36     31:24
Third-Down Conv........... 5/14      9/15
Fourth-Down Conv........... 2/3       1/2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 1-1       4-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards..... 1-7      1-11

RUSHING
NU: Wilson 19-46, Lucky 10-27, Jackson 2-1, Taylor 5-minus-6.

SC: Moody 9-70; Washington 12-52; Gable 6-22; Powdrell 1-0; Booty 3-minus-2.

PASSING
NU: Taylor 8-16-0-115; Titchener 1-1-28-0.

SC: Booty 25-36-0-257; Turner 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING
NU: Jackson 4-36, Nunn 2-31, Herian 1-36, Peterson 1-28, Lucky 1-12.

SC: Jarrett 11-136; Smith 6-53; McFoy 3-39; Davis 2-16; Reed 2-13; Gable 1-0.

Attendance: 92,000

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Trojans too much for Huskers to handle

No. 19 Nebraska battled No. 4 USC to the end, but the Huskers came up short in a 28-10 loss to the Trojans in Los Angeles.

The Huskers cut the Trojans’ lead to 11 early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Zac Taylor went untouched into the end zone on a naked bootleg on fourth-and-goal inside the USC 1. But USC closed the door on Nebraska’s upset hopes with a 14-play, 81-yard drive that consumed more than six minutes to produce the final result.

The Huskers opened scoring with a 38-yard Jordan Congdon field goal with 3:23 left in the first quarter. The spark for Nebraska’s early 3-0 lead actually began one drive earlier when punter Dan Titchener completed a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Todd Peterson on a fake punt to put the Huskers in Trojan territory for the first time.

That drive stalled, but Titchener made another big play with a 31-yard punt that was downed by the Huskers at the USC 5.

The Blackshirts forced USC into a three-and-out, and Terrence Nunn’s 31-yard punt return put the Huskers at the USC 23. The Trojans stiffened before Congdon notched his first field goal of the season.

USC responded with a nine-play, 83-yard drive capped by a 12-yard touchdown pass as time expired in the first quarter, giving the Trojans a lead they would not relinquish.

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2006 schedule
04/15 Reds 35, Whites 7
09/02 Louisiana Tech W 49-10
09/09 Nicholls St. W 56-7
09/16 @ S. California L 10-28
09/23 Troy W 56-0
09/30 Kansas W 39-32
10/07 @ Iowa St. W 28-14
10/14 @ Kansas St. W 21-3
10/21 Texas L 20-22
10/28 @ Oklahoma St. L 29-41
11/04 Missouri W 34-20
11/11 @ Texas A&M W 28-27
11/24 Colorado W 37-14
12/02 Oklahoma L 7-21
01/01 Auburn L 14-17

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

A great deal has been made of Bill's conservative strategy. ... In this case I had no problem with the way he handled the game

Shatel

Nebraska? Better, but not yet ready for ABC prime time. Says who? Says coach Bill Callahan's game plan.

Omaha World-Herald
McKeever

There’s still a long climb left before the Huskers can stand with the likes of the Trojans.

Lincoln Journal Star
Simers

The great Nebraska football program is now in the business of trying to preserve moral victories.

Los Angeles Times
Kerkhove

Next time the Huskers match up to a USC-caliber team, they need to bring more edge, more common sense and a lot more courage.

Daily Nebraskan
Barfknecht

Why did Callahan and Co. play so safe, especially with a veteran quarterback he expresses love for?

Omaha World-Herald
Douglass

When the halftime stats show your punter as the leading passer — Dan Titchener had 28 yards and Taylor had 26 — that wasn't exactly a good sign.

Grand Island Independent
Husker Dan

Zac didn't seem to be comfortable all night. He sensed pressure even when there wasn't any.

HuskerMax
Dufresne

Nebraska, at times Saturday, played like a team trying to negotiate defeat.

Los Angeles Times
Leever

Our corners were made to look bad and we missed Zack Bowman terribly. Then again, most everyone saw that coming.

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