Troy's Cedarius Rookard returns a punt 58 yards for a second-quarter touchdown.Troy's Cedarius Rookard returns a punt for a TD.

Troy 24
Nebraska 19

Sept. 15, 2018 • 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • BTN
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First quarter
TU: Sumpter 37 field goal, 7:24
Second quarter
TU: Rookard 58 punt return (Sumpter kick) 12:17
TU: Smith 9 run (Sumpter kick) 5:12
NU: Morgan 9 pass from Bunch (Pickering kick) 3:02
Third quarter
NU: Pickering 23 field goal, 10:25
NU: Pickering 32 field goal, 3:02
Fourth quarter
TU: Smith 26 run (Sumpter kick) 6:45
NU: Spielman 7 pass from Bunch (pass failed) 2:55

                           TROY      NEB
FIRST DOWNS................. 12       22
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)...... 34-143   48-187
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 110      177
  Att-Comp-Int......... 21-14-1  27-19-2
TOTAL OFFENSE .......... 55-253   75-364
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards........ 3-65      0-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 1-13     3-70
Int. Returns-Yards........ 2-10      1-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 5-53.8   5-41.6
Fumbles-Lost............... 3-1      4-1
Penalties-Yards.......... 10-95    10-77
Possession Time.......... 27:06    32:54
Third-Down Conv. ...... 4 of 12  5 of 15
Fourth-Down Conv. ...... 0 of 1   1 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 2-2      4-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 3-23     3-19
TU: Smith, B.J. 11-70; Smith, Sawyer 4-60; Daughtry-Frye, Jabir 6-15; Barker, Kaleb 8-12; Douglas, Deondre 1-minus 2; TEAM 4-minus 12.

NU: Maurice Washington 14-92; Greg Bell 14-64; Devine Ozigbo 9-25; Andrew Bunch 10-5; JD Spielman 1-1.
TU: Barker, Kaleb 14-21-1-110.
NU: Andrew Bunch 19-27-2-177.
TU: Eafford, Tray 4-33; Douglas, Deondre 4-6; Davis, Sidney 3-21; Daughtry-Frye, Jabir 2-11; Willis, Damion 1-39.

NU: JD Spielman 6-45; Stanley Morgan Jr. 5-64; Maurice Washington 3-14; Kurt Rafdal 1-26; Jack Stoll 1-9; Devine Ozigbo 1-7; Greg Bell 1-6; Tyjon Lindsey 1-6.

Attendance: 89,360

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Stats & recap
Complete Stats

Huskers fall to Trojans: For the second straight week, Nebraska out-yarded its opponent but could not overcome early turnovers in a 24-19 loss to Troy.

The Trojans, the defending Sun Belt Conference champions, improved to 2-1. Nebraska slipped to 0-2 for the first time since 1957.

Nebraska managed 364 total yards with junior Andrew Bunch playing from start to finish at quarterback. Bunch completed 19 of 27 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns, but he also threw a pair of interceptions. He added 23 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Three first-half turnovers by Nebraska and a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown by Troy’s Cedarius Rookard helped the visitors jump out to a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

Maurice Washington led the Husker rushing attack with 92 yards on 14 carries, while Greg Bell added 68 yards on 14 totes.

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2018 schedule
04/21Reds 49, Whites 9
09/08ColoradoL 28-33
09/15TroyL 19-24
09/22@ MichiganL 10-56
09/29PurdueL 28-42
10/06@ WisconsinL 24-41
10/13@ NorthwesternL 31-34
10/20MinnesotaW 53-28
10/27Bethune-CookmanW 45-9
11/03@ Ohio St.L 31-36
11/10IllinoisW 54-35
11/17Michigan St.W 9-6
11/23@ IowaL 28-31
Pregame links & info
Maurice Washington takes a hit on the sideline.



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Daily Nebraskan

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Grand Island Independent
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