Oregon Hangs On To Beat Nebraska 42-35: 3 Things That Matter

Oregon Hangs On To Beat Nebraska 42-35: 3 Things That Matter

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Oregon Hangs On To Beat Nebraska 42-35: 3 Things That Matter


Oregon 42, Nebraska 35: 3 Things That Matter

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Oregon 42, Nebraska 35: 3 Things That Matter

1. For a half, that was exactly what Oregon is supposed to be.

Royce Freeman was running amok, Justin Herbert was red hot, and everything was rumbling with ruthless efficiency with a 42-14 lead going into the locker room, but then everything started to slow down. Nebraska found its groove, and the Ducks struggled to put the game away.

Oregon won the time of possession battle, and the defense did its part to win third downs, but it was still way too tough to get out alive. The Ducks won, but going forward, the scores have to come for a full sixty minutes – they’re not good enough to ever take their foot off the gas – and the mistakes have to stop.

12 penalties, two turnovers, and no second half points almost were enough to overcome a 522-yard day. However, Oregon was helped by …

2. Tanner Lee was amazing at times, but Tanner Lee also threw picks.

The Nebraska quarterback only completed 19-of-41 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns, but he threw four picks and couldn’t come through when the game was on the line.

He did a nice job of getting the Huskers back in the game, and the defense did its part to allow it to happen, but he has to be more accurate and can’t give up the killer errors. He’ll need more help from the receivers – an amazing De’Mornay Pierson-El catch aside – but he has to be a star for this to work. Nebraska doesn’t have enough talent or playmakers to win much in the Big Ten if Lee isn’t great.

And if Lee doesn’t stop throwing picks.

3. Okay, now what?

Oregon might still need a whole bunch of help and a lot of tinkering – the defense is still suspect, even with a good day from Thomas Graham and the secondary – but it’s 2-0. With road games at Wyoming and Arizona State up next, now, at least the offense works.

It didn’t matter too much last year, but the schedule works out just well enough to be 6-0 going into the Stanford and UCLA showdowns. There’s time to work out the penalty issues while continuing to spread the ball around.

Nebraska has time to right the ship, even though it has big issues defensively to get over.

Playing Northern Illinois, Rutgers and Illinois should help, and then come the Wisconsin and Ohio State showdowns at home.

The Huskers will at least be 3-1 going into the big battles, but for now, after the way they looked for 30 minutes, it’s going to take a whole lot of luck and prayers to become a major factor in the West race.

But again, there’s time to work this out. Check back in two weeks.


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