This time around USC was
ranked No. 2 / 4 and
All indications were
pointing to USC continuing both those streaks as
The second quarter saw NU move the ball down to the USC 36. A nice run by Lucky was negated by a holding penalty which proved to be a huge play. Husker quarterback Zac Taylor was sacked for 11 yards and later NU was forced to punt.
USC went on another long drive by going 11 plays for 71 yards capped off by Booty to Steve Smith for three yards making it 14-3.
NU got the ball back with under three minutes to go, but subsequently ran the clock out till halftime. The Huskers attempted only nine passes, completing five of those for 54 yards.
USC got the ball first in
the second half. The Huskers had
two near misses for an interception which could have changed the momentum. They forced the Trojans to a three and
out and got the ball back. On the
first play of the game,
USC only needed four plays to go 31 yards ending in a Booty to Jarrett touchdown from five yards out.
NU finally got their
passing game going at the end of the third quarter. The big plays were to Nunn for 21 yards
and then followed up by a 36-yard strike to tight end Matt Herian to the Trojans
three yard line. The Huskers had to
use all four downs to finally score their first touchdown of the game on a
one-yard bootleg run by
The Huskers were back in the game down 21-10 with 12:44 to go in the game.
Unfortunately, the Trojans
answered and broke the momentum of the Huskers. Booty guided USC on a 14 play, 81-yard
touchdown drive that ate up over six minutes of the fourth quarter. The Trojans now had a 28-10 lead.
NU head coach Bill Callahan, said the Huskers were gamers and that USC was an outstanding team.
"Our kids gave an outstanding effort tonight. They competed hard and will improve and gain value from this game. USC is an outstanding team. Jarrett is a monster and a Heisman Trophy candidate," he said.
"We had some positives from this game such as our special teams play and stopping the run on defense," said Callahan.
The big question though was
"We wanted to establish the
running game, said
"You need to establish a running game in a hostile environment such as this, especially on the road. Consequently it did not work," he said.
NU assistant coach Shawn Watson also felt as though they needed to run the ball against USC.
"We wanted to establish a
physical running scheme. We watched
game film on what
The game plan did not materialize as the Huskers finished with 68 yards on 36 carries, averaging only 1.9 yards per rush. All four of the Huskers running backs (Marlon Lucky, Cody Glenn, Kenny Wilson and Brandon Jackson) averaged over 5 yards per carry over the previous two games.
Offensive Lineman, Matt Slauson said mistakes on offense and USC's speed on defense were two reasons for the poor rushing performance.
"Their (USC) d-line has a lot of speed. We have confidence in our running game but we made too many mistakes," he said.
"We could have made it a
closer game, they are a team we can play with," said
Post Game Audio
Bill Callahan - sticking to the gameplan
Jay Norvell - we wanted to run
Tierre Green - we just didn't get it done
Cortney Grixby- It was their day today
Kevin Cosgrove - Missed opportunities
Adam Carriker- we didn't do our job
Andre Jones - I hope we see them again
Stewart Bradley- they don't make any mistakes
Zac Taylor - I could have done a lot better