Jim Leavitt, Oregon's defensive coordinator, saw his defense give up only 2 of 14 third-down conversions but 3 of 3 red-zone touchdowns.
OR goes three-and-out, and Nebraska burns three timeouts.
The Cornhuskers didn't have a single turnover in Week 1, while Oregon's defense came up with 2 interceptions.
A week after giving up almost 500 yards to Arkansas State, the Huskers were torched right out of the gates to the tune of 400 first half yards and a 42-14 halftime time deficit. Freeman was injured early in the Nebraska game previous year. Nebraska has the ball on the OR 22. The Ducks were then able to run out the clock and come away with a 42-35 victory.
Thomas Graham Jr. gets his second interception of the game. He veered to the sideline to catch the kick, cut all the way across the field, juked punter Eric Williams and sprinted the final few yards to give the Huskies a 21-7 lead.
A strong second half performance helped Nebraska push OR to the limit in what turned out to be a 42-35 loss on Saturday afternoon.
The Ducks lead 42-14 over Nebraska at halftime.
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. There are 39 seconds left in the second quarter. The Ducks needed just five plays and 1:42 to get on the board first. Aiden Schneider attempted a 44 yard field goal that went wide right giving Nebraska the ball at the 27 yard line. That's the question that Urban Meyer and his offensive coaching staff will need to look deep into in the next couple of weeks and figure out before OSU's title hopes evaporate in a sea of incompletions and defenses daring the Buckeyes to beat them with the pass.
Ducks running back Royce Freeman was also firing on all cylinders in the first two quarters.
Oregon QB Justin Herbert has been sharp so far today against Nebraska.
Herbert completed an eye-popping 21 of 25 passes and also threw three touchdowns.
A personal foul in the redzone almost derailed Oregon's next drive, but the Ducks got a big break on a deflected ball that resulted in a 21-yard gain on third-and-17, and they punched it in from there on a 1-yard dive by Freeman.
De'Mornay Pierson-El's fingertip touchdown reception in the opening quarter to pull the score within seven brought excitement and showed a trace of what could be.
In what seemed like an offensive first-quarter battle, OR scored again making it 21-7.
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.
Oregon's defense was mostly solid and often spectacular.
Nebraska's most risky threat is running back Tre Bryant, who rushed for a career-best 192 yards against Arkansas State.
OR has the ball up 14-0. Herbert threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns with only one interception. Runs like 15 yards or long pass plays are big.
The Ducks lead Nebraska, 14-0.
Meanwhile, Nebraska gets the Northern Illinois Huskies in Week 3.