Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

OR defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt wants big plays limited against Nebraska

OR defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt wants big plays limited against Nebraska

Royce Freeman took the ball in for the score as the First Quarter came to an end putting the Ducks up 21-7.

OR went into the locker room with a 42-14 lead, along with 409 total offensive yards to pad their confidence.

On Nebraska's very first play from scrimmage, Tanner Lee's pass to Stanley Morgan was tipped in the air and into the hands of Duck safety Tyree Robinson, who returned it 35 yards to the to the NU 20-yard line. There were obvious breakdowns in allowing the rally, but the unit came up big when it mattered. "That was one thing I was concerned with going in". But he still managed to make a convincing case to begin his second college season as the starter.

Obviously, Nebraska presents a much tougher task for a Ducks defense that ranked 126th in total defense a season ago.

Riley grew up in Corvallis, some 50 miles north of Eugene, and played quarterback for Corvallis High School. "All those times were special, I watched games in that stadium when I was a kid".

The Nebraska defense then held serve, forcing a punt after six plays.

"I consider it a privilege to coach football".

With plenty of game left, here's hoping we get some more catches to freak out over. It's pretty neat. I embrace these moments personally.

The Ducks scored 21 unanswered points to end the first half, racking up huge offensive numbers.

Justin Herbert passed for 365 yards and three touchdowns to lead the OR offense.

Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has faced new OR coach Willie Taggart without much success, too. This week, OR was up 42-14 on Nebraska at the half and almost blew its lead.

Freshmen Jordon Scott (nose tackle) and Thomas Graham (cornerback) started for the Ducks last week. As has happened so often to Riley against the Ducks, though, OR put down the hammer, closing out the half with three consecutive touchdowns.

"I do like revisiting that history because I appreciated it so much. Our guys found a way to win the ball game". Nebraska had a rather suspect showing against Arkansas State, edging the Red Wolves 43-36 holding onto the win on a last-second incompletion. "Everybody knows that. Then they go to the play action off of that, and their quarterback can really throw the ball".

Riley's former boss was in attendance in Columbus; suffice to say, he was excited over the developments.

OR stretched its lead out to 28-14 with 7:10 left in the second quarter with a one-yard run from Freeman. But over two weeks, Herbert has turned the promising flashes he offered periodically last season into regular occurrences and led OR to a nonconference win over a Power 5 division contender. The smoky skies made conditions hazardous in Eugene for most of the week, forcing the Ducks to travel to the coast for practice on Tuesday.

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