Mike Riley walked off the field alongside his team.
The Ducks' first-year coach described himself as a "jughead" for drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and admitted that Texas A&M's epic collapse at UCLA last Sunday was on his mind during the second half.
In a special post-game moment following Oregon's 42-35 win against Nebraska, the three cancer survivors who helped design the Ducks' uniforms - Sophia, Ethan and Joe - received game balls. The 34-year-old Riley, whose birthday was earlier this week, took over for Bob Stoops after the longtime OU head coach abruptly retired this summer. "We had a shot". Nebraska has the ball on the OR 22.
OR responded with 75-yard touchdown drive that Freeman finished with a 2-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter with the Ducks ahead 21-7.
Nebraska returns to action next week when it plays host to Northern Illinois for an 11 a.m. kickoff.
"It was a really disappointing start", Riley said. It was good for them to get their first collegiate game in and get some reps. 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.
"That's going to be a big thing, the takeaways", Leavitt 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.
"They weren't going at warp speed, but they were going at a quick tempo and at a quick pace", Jackson said.
Lee directed two scoring drives, sandwiched around a three-and-out by the defense, to start the second half. "And of course when there's a big play that just gashes you".
There were not many high percentage passes called or thrown in the second half and the Nebraska secondary played the ball exceptionally well - playing the Duck receivers tighter as Taggart became more conservative.
During his time with the Beavers, Riley was 1-6 at Autzen Stadium in Civil War rivalry games. He instead relied on his players to come into the second half and play with pride. The Huskers went 9-4 last season, their second under Riley. "That's all I mentioned to them". If we are to nitpick, the OR offense essentially died in the second half of Saturday's contest - they did not score after halftime, which allowed Nebraska to mount a too-close-for-comfort comeback attempt over the final two quarters. "We were just a little off". "But we've got to be more consistent and play better". "Sometimes it's just a little bit better position that all of a sudden doesn't make that throw so easy". And Oregon's defense is feeding off that.
Nebraska then put together a 10-play, 95-yard drive to answer the Ducks. Nebraska offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said the Huskers should be ready. They can run, they can protect, they can catch. "They're well-coached. Their speed was a factor".
The Ducks, like the Huskers, have gone to a 3-4 defense this year. "Angular, tall, good-looking guys. They do play some four-down looks and change it up nicely".
Though he was disappointed by the latest defeat to the Ducks, Riley was still able to reflect upon coaching in the state of OR for what may very well be the last time in his career. "I loved all my time at Oregon State coaching". The game Saturday will be the first time in the past six meetings that neither team is nationally ranked. "I really enjoyed it and loved the support even though we're away".
Because Oregon is wearing white, Nebraska will wear its home uniforms in Eugene. I embrace things like this as pretty unique personal opportunities. "A lot of my football life was around here".