It was not long after Mike Riley accepted the job at Nebraska in December of 2014 that he was notified of Oregon’s presence on the Husker’s schedule in 2016. It was during Riley’s tenure at instate rival Oregon State that the Ducks blossomed into a national power. Even Oregon’s uniforms were setting trends, due to the university’s relationship with Nike.
Riley gets another crack at his old rival on Saturday when the Huskers host the 22nd ranked Ducks in Memorial Stadium.
“We did not fare all the well through the many years with them but it was a great rivalry”, said ” It was one of those deals where you didn’t necessarily like it but you had to admire the work that was going on in that program.”
Oregon’s up tempo style of offense is being used all over the country now. Riley says while it is designed to spread the field the first goal is to run the ball. The Ducks are averaging 276 yards on the ground per game and junior running back Royce Freeman has piled up 294 yards in two games.
“Royce is a really good player and has been since he was young”, added Riley. “He is a cornerstone of their offense. They want to give him the football and you have to stop him otherwise that is what you are going to see all the time.”