September 17, 2006

The final breakdown and grade out of the USC game

LOS ANGELES - The Nebraska football team came out with a conservative game plan against USC that was centered on taking the game into the fourth quarter.

Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan felt like the Huskers best chance of hanging with the No. 2 ranked Trojans at the Los Angeles Coliseum was to shorten the game by running the football.

The game plan was criticized by many after Nebraska elected to run the clock out in the first half instead of trying for some quick points after USC went up 14-3 with just under three minutes left in the second quarter.

However, opinions quickly shifted after the Huskers forced a quick three and out on USC's first possession of the second half and NU had some of their better starting field position of the game at the 36 yard line.

This would be as close as Nebraska would get in the second half from really making it a game. On Nebraska's first play from scrimmage senior quarterback Zac Taylor and sophomore running back Marlon Lucky had a communication error on a counter play that led to a fumble and a Trojan touchdown four plays later.

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