The Huskers trail 42-21 just 2:10 into the second half.
In Nebraska's first road game, a 42-35 loss against the Oregon Ducks, Husker fans saw completely different teams exit the locker room from the first quarter to the fourth. Two third-quarter scoring drives pulled the deficit to 14, but that's as close as the team would get. Shortly after, OR extended its lead by seven more less than five minutes into the game.
Through six quarters this season, Herbert completed 38 of 46 passes (82.6 percent) for 594 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Life was seen not only in the crowd, but on the sideline as well.
Because Oregon is wearing white, Nebraska will wear its home uniforms in Eugene. Pettis set the Pac-12 career record, taking a punt back for a score for the second straight game to break a tie with Cal's DeSean Jackson.
OR had plenty of opportunities for the newcomers to play after allowing 41.4 points and 518.4 yards per game last season.
Update: (3:47 p.m.): Justin Herbert finds Nelson in the corner of the endzone for a touchdown. The Huskers are going to be able to move the football against Oregon.
But, perhaps, too much confidence.
The Ducks beat Nebraska, 42-35. On their first drive, which only took two minutes and 10 seconds off the clock, NU was in the end zone. In Week 2 a year later, the No. 5 Sooners returned the favor, outplaying, overmatching and overwhelming the No. 2 Buckeyes in every facet of the game in a 31-16 win. OR turned that into six points five plays later.
· Williams also added a third-quarter interception and a fourth-quarter fumble recovery. He instead relied on his players to come into the second half and play with pride.
Lee finished 19-of-41 on the day as Nebraska was forced to go to the air after finding itself down by two touchdowns early and trailing 42-14 at halftime.
In Nebraska's season-opener, Arkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen often had the freedom to survey the Huskers' defensive look and decide whether to throw the ball or hand it off.
True freshman cornerback Thomas Graham made two interceptions in between safety Tyrell Robinson's tone-setting pick on Tanner Lee's first pass and cornerback Ugochukwu Amadi's clinching takeaway. However, three more OR touchdowns by halftime put the onus squarely on Lee's right arm.
The Huskers got a big break when they recovered a fumble deep in OR territory, and running back Mikale Wilbon capped it off with a three-yard touchdown to make it 42-35 with 2:47 to go.
Riley's former boss was in attendance in Columbus; suffice to say, he was excited over the developments.
Herbert entered the game as one of the best-kept secrets in college football.
"We were in that much better position to make some plays", Riley said.
"He's a great back", senior linebacker Chris Weber said. Converting them into points is going to be the key here. "We've got an entire month". Before that, he played at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, where he followed quarterback Tommie Frazier - who went on to lead the Huskers to consecutive national championships and undefeated seasons in 1994 and 1995. That's a good thing for us. "They're a really good complement to what Royce does".