Huskers fall to Ducks despite big second half

Oregon coach Willie Taggart center throws the

Nebraska did neither in its 42-35 loss to OR on Saturday, and shouldering much of the blame was Husker quarterback Tanner Lee.

On the strength of Baker Mayfield's right arm and unmatched leadership, the Sooners scored 21 straight points on a trio of touchdowns to take a 31-13 lead in the middle of the fourth quarter that essentially put the game out of reach, with the 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist accounting for two of those scores with a pair of touchdown passes.

But on the first play from scrimmage, OR cornerback Uguchukwu Amadi intercepted Nebraska junior quarterback Tanner Lee, whose arm was hit as he threw.

Update: (3:44 p.m.): A flawless ball to Stanley Morgan Jr. from Tanner Lee is tipped and intercepted.

Ducks running back Royce Freeman was also firing on all cylinders in the first two quarters.

The Huskers will present a balanced attack on offense, led by quarterback Tanner Lee (238 passing yards, two touchdowns) and running back Tre Bryant (192 rushing yards, one touchdown). Royce Freeman had 153 yards on the ground and scored twice, but he almost had a game-changing fumble in the fourth period.

(NEB) The Huskers move the ball 75 yards over four plays in arguably the best drive of the first half.

With plenty of game left, here's hoping we get some more catches to freak out over. That ended up sparking a 10-play, 95-yard drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Lee to De'Mornay Pierson-El.

Senior receiver Charles Nelson has been Herbert's favorite target thus far with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Nebraska had only 171 total yards at the end of the first half. Nebraska has the ball on the OR 22.

#7 Washington 63, Montana 7: Dante Pettis weaved his way 67 yards for the seventh punt return touchdown of his career, and Jake Browning threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns for the host Huskies (2-0).

OR quarterback Justin Herbert had perhaps the finest showing of his college career, passing for 365 yards and three touchdowns. "The first half we were playing a lot of man, running back and forth from the field to the boundaries play-to-play, it starts taxing your body and you start getting exhausted".

Associated Press
Associated Press

Defensively, there was no where to go but up for OR in 2017.

OR leads 14-7 with 3:03 left in the first quarter.

That lead proved to be just a bit too much for Nebraska to overcome.

In the locker room, Taggart reminded the Ducks that Josh Rosen led the Bruins back from a 34-point deficit to stun the Aggies 45-44 at the Rose Bowl.

The proliferation of run-pass option sets - where the offensive line run blocks, but there's a quick pass option built into the play - has given offenses around the country the ability to take what a defense gives.

OR has the ball up 14-0.

On the second play of the half, Lee hit Pierson-El for a 34-yard pass to get the Huskers into OR territory.

OR lost at Nebraska last season, 35-32.

Riley lost his final seven games against the Ducks while at Oregon State, including a 47-19 defeat at Reser Stadium in 2014 in his last game with the Beavers.

Update: (4:04 p.m.): The Huskers are in OR territory for the first time after a big catch from J.D. Spielmann.

In just 15 minutes of play, both OR and Nebraska have submitted claims for the mythical Catch Of The Year competition that totally needs to be an actual college football award.

OR leads Nebraska, 7-0.