Nebraska Cornhuskers @ Oregon Ducks
Autzen Stadium – Eugene, Oregon
Nebraska (35), Oregon (42)
Tanner Lee, QB (Redshirt Junior)
Questionable vertical throw to test a Cover 2 concept; pass is tipped and intercepted early on in the 1st QTR. Out of sync on 1st down slant vs. off coverage; sails throw notably high and incomplete. Great composure to stand in against interior blitz and float a pass out to out route. Poor job getting handle on the football on a smoke throw; double clutches and leads defensive back into the throw. Nice job identifying 1 on 1 coverage in the redzone; but did under-throw a touchdown pass to Pierson-El. Big gainer on play action passing, comfortable on deep set and does well to find TE over the middle of the field. Good anticipation to throw on a comeback route on 3rd and 6; ball is out before receiver works head back around and an accurate throw. Misses high to Pierson-El on an out route, simply misses delivery on elementary throw. Appears to be deciding in the pre-snap where he wants to go with the football; makes a poor throw into a low leverage position. Throws accurate dart on play action inside the red area; but throw is put a touch too far outside. Touchdown stands, but would like to see throw more into the field. Another inexplicable interception into tight coverage; pressured into a poor decision. Stick route to move the chains on a quick set; seems to have best passes on three step game. Stripped from the blindside when looking for space to throw; processor needs to quicken up. 4th interception of game comes with 2 minutes left in 4th QTR while trailing by 7; hit as he throws but mental processor again moving slow.
Joshua Kalu, SAF (Senior)
Beaten on a wheel route on 3rd down inside the 10; failed to work into hip pocket of slot receiver and concedes a touchdown as a result. Nice work against a bunch set to work and attack the football as the deep defender; carries vertical stem aggressively to extend for football. Came off the field with an injury in the 2nd QTR; appearing to suffer a lower body injury inside the red zone.
De’Mornay Pierson-El, WR (Senior)
Excellent work on a 50-50 throw on endzone fade; shows good concentration to look in the football and fight off contact to finish touchdown. Called for a false start on 4th and inches inside own 50; did a poor job of getting set and into alignment as team quick snapped. RPO reception, feigning a block and playing off of contact to transition into a slant route with a long catch and run. Muffs punt on a fair catch opportunity early in the 2nd half; carried forward into high traffic area. Kick catch interference called, but was a risky play to step forward and challenge ball.
Chris Jones, CB (Senior)
Jones underwent surgery on his knee for a torn meniscus in June, an injury which could potentially rob him of his entire final season with the Cornhuskers. His presence was missed early on, as the Ducks made chunk gains happen in the air.
Royce Freeman, RB (Senior)
Reception out of the backfield; showing good physical nature after the catch to absorb contact before being wrestled down short of the sticks on 3rd down. Physical run between the tackles inside the 5 on a hurry up possession; shows good conditioning. Hurdles the line of scrimmage; getting vertical on a short yardage carry. Good leap, carries weight well to challenge would be tacklers. Again challenging tacklers in the open field after breaking the line of scrimmage; effective working down hill. Bottled up on a 3rd and short rush; slow to find an alley and fails to move the pile when challenged by multiple defenders. Chunk gain off right tackle featuring a thin box. Quick to get north/south again on subsequent carry, Oregon leaning on Freeman to help grind clock up 14 in late 3rd QTR. Had a bad fumble inside of 5 minutes remaining as team is attempting to chew clock; giving Nebraska favorable field position inside the 30 while down 14.
Tyrell Crosby, OT (Senior)
Big, long frame and presence at the edge. Has been dominating in the entire first half as a run blocker; showing good hand fits and ability to stay sticky after holding firm with initial fits. Paved the way for a TD run inside the red area late in the 1st half, rolling hips through contact and turning out defender. Great anchor and functional strength as a pass protector to bow back and prevent defender from collapsing the pocket. Called for a holding penalty on off tackle to the left; needed to concede hands as he generated space off of the LOS.
Other Players that Flashed
Oregon’s Justin Herbert, QB (Sophomore)
Has been tremendous; moving eyes all over the field and quick to work through progressions. Has thrown accurately on the move and from a standing platform, dicing up Nebraska secondary with ease all game.
Nebraska’s Stanley Morgan Jr; WR (Junior)
Has had good physicality at the catch point, boxing out defenders and winning body position to finish the catch. Had a number of good receptions away from body to pluck the ball and prevent defenders from contesting the throw. Tracking skills are solid on both short and deeper routes; has a nose for finding optimal route to address the football. Fails to come back to the football and fight for a ball on corner route, causing incompletion as Nebraska works to get back into the football game in 4th QTR. Unable to separate on vertical route against press coverage inside the redzone, is overthrown by Lee in the endzone as a result.
Best Players on the Field
Oregon QB Justin Herbert (Sophomore)
Oregon RB Royce Freeman (Seni0r)
Nebraska WR Stanley Morgan Jr. (Junior)
Oregon LB Troy Dye (Sophomore)
Nebraska QB Tanner Lee (Redshirt Junior)