So highly-respected defensive coach Jim Leavitt was brought in to bring the Ducks back to respectability. "For him to be as young as he is and play football like that is great and to know we have him for a while".
Today in Eugene, it is far less smoky than it was last week for the Ducks' season opener against Southern Utah.
"Really, really disappointing start of the game", Riley said. "There were a few mental mistakes". If we don't get them, it's hard to win a ballgame.
Taggart can say that about a few of his starters Saturday as true freshman Nick Pickett opened the game at safety with classmate Austin Faoliu at nose tackle.
That's when OR went on its run. Before that, he played at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida, where he followed quarterback Tommie Frazier - who went on to lead the Huskers to consecutive national championships and undefeated seasons in 1994 and 1995.
OR leads 14-7 with 3:03 left in the first quarter.
The Oregon Ducks are hosting the Nebraska Cornhuskers in college football action on Saturday afternoon.
"That's just football", Taggart said of the tale of two halves.
Riley compared the Ducks' 3-4 defense on Saturday to the defense he saw during the Chip Kelly years.
"You don't have a week of practice to see a new coverage or front", Langsdorf said. "We've got to be better. We can't spot a good team like this 42 points".
Defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has gone on the record, saying that he and his defensive team "don't really talk about statistics". "He looks comfortable with what they're doing, and in some fashion it's a continuation of stuff he's done in the past". The more highly touted passer they signed, Del City (Okla.) High dual-threat product Terry Wilson, actually flipped to OR from Nebraska.
A second interception thrown by Lee gave UO the ball against at the Nebraska 39 with 1:52 still remaining in the half, and that was all the time for Herbert to toss his third touchdown pass of the day on a 17-yard strike to Dillon Mitchell to push the lead to 42-14 going into halftime. The two years before, though, Diaco's Huskies held Taggart's group to a respectable 4.4 yards per carry and two total rushing touchdowns. "We trust them in big situations".
Justin Herbert had the look of a future Heisman Trophy victor for 30 minutes, undressing the Blackshirts for 313 yards and three touchdowns en route to a 42-14 cushion at the intermission.
"I felt we were always pretty well prepared (for the noise)", Riley said. "Lots of yardage, lots of points".
The Blackshirts forced a stop on Oregon's third series, and Lee settled the Huskers offense by leading a long scoring drive.
Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee did throw for more than 250 yards and three touchdowns.
For Ohio State? They could run the table as well, including the Big Ten championship game, and feel relatively comfortable with its playoff positioning as such a run would include wins over Penn State, Michigan and whoever comes out of the West. "If they can run on you, you don't have very much of a chance to win".
"They weren't going at warp speed, but they were going at a quick tempo and at a quick pace", Jackson said.