After trailing 42-14 at the half, Nebraska scored the final 21 points of the game against Oregon on Saturday, but the Huskers' dramatic comeback effort fell just short. The Big Red fell to the Ducks, 42-35.
But despite dropping its first game this season, Nebraska learned plenty of lessons from a wild game against the Ducks.
"You're going to have to rely on the character of your team to keep playing," said head coach Mike Riley. "They made it almost happen [Saturday] so that is a definite testimony of who you have in the locker room."
And the Blackshirts certainly responded in the second half after allowing 42 points in the first half. Bob Diaco's defense shut out the Ducks in the final thirty minutes.
"We're so proud of the players, my gosh," said defensive coordinator Bob Diaco. "They never let go of the rope, they just kept pulling and straining and grinding."
The Huskers hope to get back in the win column on Saturday, when Nebraska hosts Northern Illinois inside Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.on FS1.