OR defense gets late stop on interception in win over Nebraska

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The combination of Oregon's conservative play-calling and Nebraska's defensive adjustments limited the former Sheldon High standout to 4-for-8 passing for 52 yards with no scores and one interception in the second half.

After Nebraska took possession at its own 43-yard line with a chance to tie or win the game in the final moments, Lee's first pass of the drive was tipped and intercepted by Amadi.

It showed how far a newly installed defense still has to go.

OR now heads to Laramie Wyoming and the Altitude to take on the Wyoming Cowboys. At one point, OR led 42-14 at the half.

The first half had the feel of a blowout, with the Sooners outgaining the Buckeyes 222-92; the scoreboard, however, read just 3-3 after two quarters.

Riley expects his young roster to respond well at OR, but he'll be watching corners Eric Lee and Dicaprio Bootle, both of whom got their most extended playing time in the season opener against Arkansas State.

"We got a decent look, I just didn't get the ball off in time", Lee said.

Tanner Lee could be the second coming of Johnny Unitas and even that wouldn't be enough to overcompensate for the opened floodgate.

And they have the running backs to do it on the ground. They can run, they can protect, they can catch.

They were, however, far quieter at halftime as the Huskers trudged to the locker room trailing 42-14.

Riley, speaking Thursday after the Huskers worked out in Memorial Stadium, said Knevel's ability to play will be a game-time decision. But Willie Taggart's group responded with a 35-7 scoring run that ensured its memory would be diluted.

Riley said he wants "balance" out of his offense between run and pass. NU's defense, Riley said, has to "control" Oregon's run game.

This game was also a tail of two quarterbacks.

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OR then immediately responded, putting together a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, which was capped off by senior running back Royce Freeman.

The Ducks needed five plays to score, with Herbert hitting Charles Nelson for an 8-yard touchdown pass and 14-0 lead. "They made some plays".

For his part, Lee had a tepid showing. However, Lee threw four interceptions as well.

Nebraska's offense got off to a strong start to the second half, as Morgan came up with a 22-yard fourth-down conversion catch and then an 18-yard touchdown to cut to 42-21.

"They were fast", Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said.

Junior safeties Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed each set or met career bests, as Williams finished with 12 tackles and Reed five.

Nebraska held the Ducks to 103 yards in the third quarter after allowing 192 in the first quarter and 217 in the second.

The Blackshirts, meanwhile, forced two turnovers and other turnover on downs to redeem themselves from a first half in which OR (2-0) amassed 409 yards and scored 21 straight points to close the second quarter. "So we've got to make sure that we cut down on those and execute a little better".

"They weren't going at warp speed, but they were going at a quick tempo and at a quick pace", Jackson said.

Autzen was certainly inhospitable to Riley in the first half on Saturday.

"I did get a little bit better news than I thought about (Tre)", Riley said.

On special teams, the Huskers did get a kickoff return for a touchdown from JD Spielman, but that came right after Nebraska gave up a punt return for a score.

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