Holes in Huskers defense, Lee INTs lead Ducks to large halftime lead

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OR improves to 2-0 this season with a victory against Nebraska at Autzen Stadium. Husker fans' hopes were short-lived, however, as Lee threw his fourth interception of the day when his hand was hit while attempting to throw the ball. The Huskers haven't lost to the Ducks since - but all of the meetings were in Lincoln.

The game was worrisome from the first snap, and when the Ducks' sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert connected with his receiver in the end zone with only 1:18 off the clock, worry turned to dread.

The Ducks are also concerned about the Husker offense.

On the fifth offensive play of the game, OR quarterback Justin Herbert hit Brenden Schooler for this really nice grab. Freeman had a 28-yard run in the drive.

"They went out and did what we asked them to do", OR coach Willie Taggart said.

Tanner Lee threw his fourth interception on the ensuing drive, and OR ran out the clock to move to 2-0 on the season. The 95-yard drive was Nebraska's longest scoring since a 97-yard touchdown drive against Wyoming last season.

In all, Nebraska's defense gave up 21 points, 192 yards of total offense, and four of five third-down conversions to the Ducks in the first quarter alone.

Bryant rushed for gains of 25 yards and 10 yards on back-to-back plays to ignite Nebraska's ensuing series. Nebraska had the ball on its 43-yard line down one touchdown with 2:17 remaining.

The Nebraska defense then held serve, forcing a punt after six plays. He veered to the sideline to catch the kick, cut all the way across the field, juked punter Eric Williams and sprinted the final few yards to give the Huskies a 21-7 lead. Kani Benoit added three scores on 107 yards rushing.

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Lee's first pass of the game was intercepted by Oregon's Tyree Robinson.

In a postgame press conference, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley recognized his team's slow start and getting outplayed in the first half. He instead relied on his players to come into the second half and play with pride.

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. Steven Montez threw a touchdown pass and ran in another score for Colorado. Morgan Jr. finished the afternoon with seven catches for 103 yards. Brooks-James had three rushing touchdowns against the Husker defense a year ago.

But Nebraska's staff hasn't had as much success against Oregon.

The Cornhuskers didn't have a single turnover in Week 1, while Oregon's defense came up with 2 interceptions.

Though halfway across the country, Nebraska and OR do have a history on the field.

"They want to run the ball, and probably why they want to is they have three special backs", Huskers linebackers coach Trent Bray said of the Ducks on Tuesday.

OR stretched its lead out to 28-14 with 7:10 left in the second quarter with a one-yard run from Freeman. Nebraska now leads the all-time series against OR, 6-2.

Both Oregon and Nebraska hired new defensive coordinators that switched from a 4-3 to 3-4 scheme. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.at Memorial Stadium.

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