Justin Herbert evaluates Oregon's offense following win over Nebraska

Associated Press

OR turned both turnovers into points.

In a postgame press conference, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley recognized his team's slow start and getting outplayed in the first half. The Cornhuskers rallied in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points. The senior carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

On Nebraska's final offensive play, OR outside linebacker Jonah Moi got to quarterback Tanner Lee off NU's right side and hit his arm, resulting in an interception.

"I felt we were always pretty well prepared (for the noise)", Riley said. "We had a shot".

OR responded by driving to the Nebraska 32, but the Ducks stalled and couldn't convert on fourth-and-3.

Tanner Lee looked decent in his first Nebraska start, throwing two TDs. Lee, who played two years at Tulane before transferring to Nebraska, threw for 238 yards and two touchdowns without turning the football over.

Nebraska next plays Saturday against Northern Illinois (1-1). Herbert's top target was senior Charles Nelson, who piled up 117 yards and a touchdown, burning coverages with his lightning-fast speed.

"It was a really disappointing start", Riley said.

"Squandering the opportunity at the end, that's real disappointing". As has happened so often to Riley against the Ducks, though, OR put down the hammer, closing out the half with three consecutive touchdowns.

Now, let's take a look at three takeaways from the Oregon Ducks' win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Converting them into points is going to be the key here. His production did tail off in the second half, though. He's trying to do just that using a bunch of young players.

Nebraska won the toss and deferred to the second half. Life was seen not only in the crowd, but on the sideline as well.

"Matt's a great player and he did a great job for his first time out there", Farmer said.

The Ducks also had 14 third-down tries and converted seven.

Offensively, the Ducks continued their fine third-down conversion rate with 7 of 14, which should have been more if OR could have converted better than 1 for 6 in the second half. The Huskers went 9-4 last season, their second under Riley.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers' (1-1) first trip to OR since 1952 consisted of a first-half melee and a second-half clash. I don't know, I shouldn't say anything until I know more. If we don't get them, it's hard to win a ballgame. "Sometimes it's just a little bit better position that all of a sudden doesn't make that throw so easy".

While Oregon's offense was firing on all cylinders during Willie Taggart's debut, so was defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt's defense. "They have a group that flies around". They can run, they can protect, they can catch. They gave us some trouble on some of our stretch plays. "They're well-coached. Their speed was a factor". The Ducks ran out the clock - their eighth straight scoreless series - and avenged last year's loss in Lincoln.

Said Riley, "I think it's handsome, I think it's awesome". It's a little easier to go from practice against a 3-4 to a 4-3 team than going the other way.

Riley hired defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, who was sacked after three seasons as head coach at CT.

The former Oregon State Beavers coach is bringing his current team to Autzen Stadium for a high-profile early-season game between Nebraska and the Oregon Ducks.

"Our guys didn't fold when adversity came", Taggart said. "I loved all my time at Oregon State coaching".



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