De’Mornay Pierson-El's first-quarter TD

Oregon 42
Nebraska 35

Sept. 9, 2017 • 3:30 p.m. Central
Autzen Stadium •Eugene, OR • Fox
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1st quarter
UO: Schooler 32 pass from Herbert (Schneider kick) 13:42 Video
UO: Nelson 8 pass from Herbert (Schneider kick) 11:31
NU: Pierson-El 23 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 3:03 Video
UO: Freeman 2 run (Schneider kick) 0:00
2nd quarter
NU: Bryant 5 run (Brown kick) 13:26
UO: Freeman 1 run (Schneider kick) 7:10
UO: Benoit 5 run (Schneider kick) 2:40
UO: Mitchell 17 pass from Herbert (Schneider kick) 0:39
3rd quarter
NU: Morgan 18 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 12:50
NU: Morgan 28 pass from Lee (Brown kick) 8:52 Video
4th quarter
NU: Wilbon 2 run (Brown kick) 2:47
                             NEB      ORE
FIRST DOWNS.................. 19       22
  Rushing..................... 6       11
  Passing.................... 11       10
  Penalty..................... 2        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 29-109   44-201
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 252      365
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 41-19-4  33-25-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 70-361   77-566
Fumble Returns-Yards........ 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards.......... 0-0      2-1
Kickoff Returns-Yards...... 1-11     2-28
Int. Returns-Yards......... 1-27     4-84
Punts (Number-Avg)....... 7-40.3   5-37.0
Fumbles-Lost................ 1-0      3-1
Penalties-Yards............ 3-25   12-103
Possession Time........... 29:22    30:38
Third-Down Conv. ....... 2 of 14  7 of 14
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 2 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 3-3      5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 0-0     3-13

NU: Bryant 20-107; Wilbon 3-8; Lindsey 2-5; McNitt 1-2; Lee 3-minus-13.
UO: Freeman 29-153; Herbert 5-31; Brooks-James 6-7; Nelson 2-6; Benoit 1-5; TEAM 1-minus 1.

NU: Lee 19-41-4-252.
UO: Herbert 25-33-1-365.

NU: Morgan 7-103; Pierson-El 4-67; Lindsey 3-12; Hoppes 2-37; Spielman 2-29; Wilbon 1-4.
UO: Nelson 8-117; Mitchell 5-80; Johnson 4-80; Schooler 3-41; McCormick 1-22; Breeland 1-13; Freeman 1-9; Brooks-James 1-2; Benoit 1-1.

Attendance: 58,389
Stanley Morgan with a third-quarter TD.


Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

Huskers rally but fall short: Nebraska’s defense held Oregon scoreless on seven straight possessions in the second half to spur a furious rally, but the Ducks forced four turnovers, including a clinching interception in the final 2 minutes, and held on for a 42-35 victory.

Nebraska trailed 42-14 at halftime but scored on its first two possessions of the second half to stay in the game. The Blackshirts, meanwhile, forced two turnovers and other turnover on downs to redeem themselves from a first half in which Oregon (amassed 409 yards and scored 21 straight points to close the second quarter.

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2017 schedule
04/15Reds 55, Whites 7
09/02Arkansas St.W 43-36
09/09@ OregonL 35-42
09/16N. IllinoisL 17-21
09/23RutgersW 27-17
09/29@ IllinoisW 28-6
10/07WisconsinL 17-38
10/14Ohio St.L 14-56
10/28@ PurdueW 25-24
11/04NorthwesternL 24-31
11/11@ MinnesotaL 21-54
11/18@ Penn St.L 44-56
11/24IowaL 14-56
Pregame links & info
Aaron Williams picks off a third-quarter pass.



[The Huskers] were on pace for one of those losses that still get brought up in articles and on radio 10 years later.

Huskers Illustrated

It’s way too early for verdicts or conclusive statements about this team. The definition games all lie ahead.

Omaha World-Herald

The question now is how can Nebraska take their second half performance on defense and build on it going forward?


Let’s get this out of the way: I hope I never see the day when Nebraska football celebrates coming close.

Lincoln Journal Star

While Oregon was curled up in a ball on the ground, Nebraska almost trucked it.

The Oregonian

The Huskers quarterback was just good enough to make Nebraska-Oregon a game and not quite good enough to make it something more.

Land of 10

Nebraska still has not figured out how to get even token pressure on the opposing quarterback. That’s still a major problem with the Blackshirts.


After two weeks, it’s clear this defense will be a far greater project than most anyone could have imagined.


I don’t know what the ceiling is ... but I think we may have found the floor in the first half on Saturday.

Hail Varsity

Arkansas State and now Oregon have taken advantage of Nebraska’s inexperience in the secondary, and they won’t be the only ones to do so.

Hail Varsity
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