Willie Taggart: Oregon lacked urgency in second half

Posted September 10, 2017

Tre Bryant piled up 192 yards on the ground as well. "I think you guys have heard me say it before, but enthusiasm is contagious".

"As bad as it was", Riley said, "we had a shot". Takeaways are really important, score is critical, fourth-quarter score is critical, explosive plays are big for me. "I'm hoping it's not". The rest of the announced sellout crowd of 58,389 was thunderous in their appreciation of the Ducks, cheering and "Swag Surfin'" along with the OR sideline. He still had his pads on at the end of the game.

"They weren't going at warp speed, but they were going at a quick tempo and at a quick pace", Jackson said.

"You can't get any simpler than that, than just kind of feed your studs", Taggart said in his news conference following Oregon's 77-21 destruction of the FCS Thunderbirds in Saturday's opener. "And we're fortunate. I think we've got two, maybe three guys who are all-purpose backs". "It was a smooth transition". "We have to tackle a little better". He instead relied on his players to come into the second half and play with pride. "We don't know how soon he'll be back". "It's pretty neat for me". "It didn't seem like it was real obvious that he was in there on his first start".

Nebraska has a couple of key players injured coming into Saturday's game. "Obviously I could have been better". "Just to see them grow, especially defensively as a unit, makes me excited for the future and trusting them in big situations".

Right guard Tanner Farmer reported no problems with a new partner to his right.

Saturday will also mark Nebraska's first appearance at Autzen and first visit to OR since a 28-13 victory over the Ducks in 1952 at what is now Providence Park in Portland. Moi walked Hoppes back into Lee's throwing path.

Nebraska was unable to slow OR down in the first half, but halftime adjustments gave the Huskers a chance at the end.

"Tough today, for sure, without Knevel", Riley said.

The Blackshirts forced a stop on Oregon's third series, and Lee settled the Huskers offense by leading a long scoring drive.

"They're unbelievable", Diaco said of the support.

"That was awesome", Farmer said.

Said Riley, "I think it's lovely, I think it's awesome".

"It's a very good looking defense physically", Riley said. It was Oregon's most points in a single game since 1916.

Third-down disparity: The Huskers forced OR into third-and-long situations on each of the hosts' first two possessions, but couldn't get off the field. Herbert has validated Taggart's decision to keep him atop the depth chart by shredding the Ducks' first two opponents for 646 passing yards and four passing touchdowns against just one interception on 42-of-54 passing.

"Definitely", Eric Lee said.

For Ohio State? They could run the table as well, including the Big Ten championship game, and feel relatively comfortable with its playoff positioning as such a run would include wins over Penn State, Michigan and whoever comes out of the West.

The Ducks are also concerned about the Husker offense.