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.