By Tommy Rezac
The Oregon Ducks (1-0) lead the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-0) 42-14 at halftime from Autzen Stadium in Eugene, OR.
It was all Ducks in that first half. The Oregon offense rolled up an impressive 409 yards, including 313 through the air by sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert.
Nebraska had only 171 total yards at the end of the first half.
Herbert completed an eye-popping 21 of 25 passes and also threw three touchdowns. That puts his season completion rate at 82.6 percent.
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee on the other hand had his moments, but struggled through the first 30 minutes of the game, completing nine out of 16 passes for 105 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Oregon turned both turnovers into points.
Ducks running back Royce Freeman was also firing on all cylinders in the first two quarters. The senior carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards and two touchdowns.
Sophomore running back Tre Bryant has easily been the bright spot for the Huskers so far, with 10 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown.
Senior receiver Charles Nelson has been Herbert’s favorite target thus far with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.
True freshman Johnny Johnson III also had an impressive half for the Ducks with four catches for 80 yards.
Sophomores Dillon Mitchell and Brenden Schooler also had a touchdown grab for Oregon.
True freshman Tyjon Lindsey was Nebraska’s lead receiver in the first half with just three catches for 12 yards. Senior tight end Tyler Hoppes had two catches for 37 yards, including Nebraska’s longest play from scrimmage with a 35-yard grab in the first quarter.
Senior receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El caught Lee’s only touchdown (23 yards) in the first quarter. Pierson-El finished the half with two catches for 28 yards.
Nebraska will get the ball to start the second half.