LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska struggled to get the running game going in week one against BYU. It was a different story in week two against South Alabama.
Nebraska racked up 258 rushing yard, 198 yards from junior Terrell Newby, and the Huskers ran away from the Jaguars, 48-9.
"It's good to win. I was proud of our team,” said head coach Mike Riley who earned his first win. “I thought we had a good week of practice. There was some stuff that we wanted to do better and I think we did. Obviously we ran the ball better against this team. We cut down on penalties. I thought the balance offensively was pretty good. Defensively I think, what stood out for me was we did a nice job against the run.”
Meanwhile South Alabama failed to establish a running game of their own, rushing for only 19 yards.
"We've got some guys that haven't been in this situation,” said South Alabama head coach Joey Jones. “Some of the older guys have been used to it at Mississippi State and South Carolina and those kind of places. I think it did affect us early in the game. We tried to do all we could in practice, but sometimes you just have to go through it and learn from it."
BOX SCORE: Nebraska 48, South Alabama 9.pdf
The Huskers were without starting linebackers Josh Banderas (groin) and Dedrick Young (toe). Both should be back for Nebraska’s contest against Miami next Saturday. Nebraska did see the return of linebacker Michael Rose, who hadn’t played in a contest since 2013. He registered 10 tackles.
“I'm hoping Josh Banderas and Dedrick (Young) can get back this next week and play. Obviously it is really important to us,” said Riley. It really made me nervous because that just came up. Maybe Thursday evening was when we started finding out, he wasn't finalized out until this afternoon before we came over here. That one hurt. And then Josh, we kept hoping that he would get well during the week enough to be able to play tonight but that didn't happen either. So I thought those guys did a nice job and fortunately we had Michael back."
The Huskers improved to 1-1 on the season and will travel to Miami next weekend.
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