Justin Herbert evaluates Oregon's offense following win over Nebraska

Justin Herbert evaluates Oregon's offense following win over Nebraska

Mike Riley walked off the field alongside his team. He faced little pressure throughout much of the game and deftly carved up Nebraska's roving linebackers and off-balance secondary.

It was all Ducks in that first half. Herbert went 21-25 and put 313 passing yards on the board for the Ducks, while Freeman followed suit with 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

A second-week loss has perhaps never sapped the enthusiasm of a fan base as much as Saturday's 42-35 defeat at the hands of the fleet-footed Oregon Ducks (2-0).

"We had a shot", Riley said.

OR punched Nebraska in the mouth from the opening whistle.

Senior receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El caught Lee's only touchdown (23 yards) in the first quarter.

Nebraska returns home Saturday to play Northern Illinois.

OR would start the game with the ball. "He looks comfortable with what they're doing, and in some fashion it's a continuation of stuff he's done in the past". We had some opportunities to make a play right off the bat and did not. It was good for them to get their first collegiate game in and get some reps.

Though it will be tough, Nebraska has the football talent to pull off a come-from-behind win in Eugene over the Ducks. As has happened so often to Riley against the Ducks, though, OR put down the hammer, closing out the half with three consecutive touchdowns. Riley said he hoped the captain's hamstring injury was not "a big one", but had no details on the severity.

"I'm not going to use that as a cop out you know I think that's just an excuse", Weber said. He's trying to do just that using a bunch of young players.

Nebraska had only 171 total yards at the end of the first half. "You watch the sidelines, you can see some of the people in the stands and you hear all the people talking about it — you can see how contagious it is".

On the verge of getting embarrassed by the Ducks, Riley did not give an impassioned halftime speech to his troops.

A second-half shutout was digestible if not sorely needed.

"It's nothing I can do", said Riley.

Junior safeties Aaron Williams and Antonio Reed each set or met career bests, as Williams finished with 12 tackles and Reed five. If we don't get them, it's hard to win a ballgame. Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said the Huskers should be ready. They gave us some trouble on some of our stretch plays.

"You say that sometimes in your career, and it happens and they nearly made it happen (Saturday)".

One of those quality opponents comes to town on Saturday when the Ducks host Nebraska. "Angular, tall, good-looking guys. They looked real good".

Although the Ducks are young in a number of spots, Taggart doesn't think they'll get pushed around Saturday when OR hosts Nebraska at Autzen Stadium.

The Huskers beat the Ducks 35-32 in Lincoln last season.

Borrowing a phrase from friend Jim Harbaugh when he was hired, Taggart said he'd require his staff and players to attack each day with an "enthusiasm unknown to mankind". "I loved all my time at Oregon State coaching". It's really fun to be where I am.

For Ohio State? They could run the table as well, including the Big Ten championship game, and feel relatively comfortable with its playoff positioning as such a run would include wins over Penn State, Michigan and whoever comes out of the West. It's pretty neat. I embrace these moments personally. "I just think in the second half we were a little complacent". "A lot of my football life was around here".

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