Nebraska taking on OR at Autzen Stadium

EUGENE OR – SEPTEMBER 09 Running back Royce Freeman

EUGENE OR – SEPTEMBER 09 Running back Royce Freeman

There is an invitation-only gathering in Eugene Friday night where Mike Riley will reunite with old Corvallis High classmates and Oregon State boosters during a short break from work as Nebraska's football coach.

Nebraska had only 171 total yards at the end of the first half.

True freshman Johnny Johnson III also had an impressive half for the Ducks with four catches for 80 yards.

The last time Riley visited Autzen for the 2013 regular-season finale, Marcus Mariota threw a touchdown pass with 26 seconds left to deliver a 36-35 Civil War win.

Thomas Graham Jr. gets an interception for OR, and the Ducks are in business again.

"It says we can go out and make plays when we need to". "We had a shot".

"He does have more interceptions in two games than I have in my career", senior cornerback Arrion Springs said of Graham.

Justin Hebert connected with Brenden Schooler on a 32-yard touchdown pass on the game's opening drive. The ninth-year senior went 19-of-35 for 183 yards, no touchdowns and an interception, with a chunk of the positive stats coming in garbage time when the game was completely out of reach.

Despite a heartbreaking loss for the young team, Riley said his players had determination and heart, and he trusts in their abilities. "They made some plays". Then we just really, really let it get out of hand by the end of the first half. Theo Howard and Caleb Wilson each caught a touchdown pass. Demetric Felton and Bolu Olorunfunmi each had 1-yard touchdown runs for the Bruins (2-0), who have scored touchdowns on 12 of 14 possessions with Rosen at quarterback dating to the third quarter of their 45-44 comeback win over Texas A&M on Sunday. As has happened so often to Riley against the Ducks, though, OR put down the hammer, closing out the half with three consecutive touchdowns.

- CornNation (@CornNation) September 9, 2017Bob Diaco: 'We don't really talk about statistics'.

Nebraska safety Antonio Reed forced a fumble by running back Royce Freeman that linebacker Chris Weber recovered at the OR 22-yard line, and it led to a Mikale Wilbon 2-yard touchdown run to pull Nebraska within seven with 2:47 remaining. Converting them into points is going to be the key here. Diaco's only coached a game and a half for the Huskers, but some fans of the Big Red have already seen enough. "And of course when there's a big play that just gashes you".

"The noise was great, as always here in Autzen", Riley said.

That lead proved to be just a bit too much for Nebraska to overcome. He instead relied on his players to come into the second half and play with pride.

"I'm not going to lie, I thought about it", Taggart said of experiencing the agony of an epic collapse. "That's all I mentioned to them".

On the road against the Oregon Ducks, Diaco's defense has surrendered 42 points and 409 yards.

"We feel like we've got a pretty good defense", Taggart said. Earlier in the week there were discussions of potentially moving the game. The Oregon Defense also came away with some big plays.

"We were trying to get back in the game, so we were throwing a lot and we weren't finding as many of those completions as we'd like", offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said.

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