LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska went back to the basics, daring
Penn State to stop its powerful running game.
Josh Davis carried 32 times for a career-high 179 yards and
Jammal Lord added 100 yards on 20 attempts in the No. 18
Cornhuskers' 18-10 victory Saturday night.
Nebraska (3-0) ran on all but six of its 78 plays from
scrimmage, piling up 337 yards on the ground.
"Everybody on this team is really well-conditioned, and we just
keep pounding," Davis said. "Teams get tired after a while, so we
just run right at them."
David Dyches, who kicked four field goals for the second
straight game, accounted for all of Nebraska's scoring until the
The Huskers ran the ball on 16 straight plays while moving 80
yards for the go-ahead touchdown on the opening series of the
Davis carried 10 times for 49 yards before Lord ran in from 3
yards to finish the drive, which chewed 8:12 off the clock. Davis
was stopped short of the goal line on the 2-point try, leaving the
Huskers with a 15-10 lead.
"To open the half with that kind of drive was really big for
our players and big in the outcome of the game," Nebraska coach
Frank Solich said.
Penn State (1-2) moved to midfield midway through the fourth
quarter, but Zack Mills fumbled a snap and Nebraska linebacker
Barrett Ruud recovered.
Dyches, who had four field goals in last week's win over Utah
State, kicked a 32-yarder with 3:53 left to make it 18-10.
Mills completed a 31-yard pass to Gerald Smith as Penn State
penetrated the Nebraska 40 on its final drive. But Mills threw four
straight incompletions, and the Huskers ran out the clock.
"We lost the football game, and that's tough, but we played
hard and hung in there," Penn State coach Joe Paterno said.
The Huskers still haven't made good on their promise to open up
more of a passing game.
On this night, they didn't have to. They averaged 4.7 yards per
"That's their game, and we tried the best we could," Penn State
safety Andrew Guman said. "Davis is a tough runner. He ran hard,
and their fullbacks did a good job of blocking."
Lord, who completed his only pass of the second half, finished
4-of-6 for 60 yards. He threw one interception on a poorly thrown
ball into the end zone.
"We were running it well enough that we had a lot of
second-and-5s and second-and-6s," Solich said. "I just didn't
feel comfortable throwing it. A couple times Jammal had guys open
and didn't throw it. We have a lot of work to do in the passing
Mills was 16-of-33 for 159 yards, with one interception.
Austin Scott was Penn State's top rusher, with 19 yards on six
carries. The Lions ran for only 44 yards.
Penn State led 10-9 at half after converting a Lord fumble into
a touchdown and using its 2-minute offense to set up Robbie Gould's
47-yard field goal as time ran in the second quarter.
Nebraska's offense showed it could move the ball from the start,
but mistakes forced the Huskers to settle for Dyches' field goals
of 36, 35 and 41 yards in the first half.
Leading 3-0, the Huskers drove deep into Penn State territory on
their second possession, but Yaacov Yisrael intercepted Lord in the
Nebraska stalled at the Penn State 18 on its next series,
bringing on Dyches for a 35-yarder.
The Lions then went three and out, but they got the ball right back
when defensive tackle Ed Johnson stripped the ball from Lord and
Lavon Chisley recovered at the Nebraska 29.
Ricky Upton scored from 13 yards out three plays later to give
Penn State a 7-6 lead.
The Huskers drove to the Penn State 25 on their ensuing
possession. But they had to call on Dyches again after Lord
recovered his own fumble for a 13-yard loss, drawing boos from the
crowd of 78,008.
Mills then went 4-of-5 to move the Lions to the Nebraska 30 as
the clock wound down in the half. Gould drilled his 47-yarder to
give Penn State its 1-point lead.
"We were dominating statistically but were down by a point,"
Solich said. "That was a frustrating first half."
The victory avenged last year's 40-7 loss at Penn State. That
loss set into the motion a 7-7 season that was Nebraska's worst in
Now Nebraska is 3-0 for the seventh straight year.
"There are a lot of people out there who have no respect for
this football team. That's all right," Davis said. "We like where
we're at right now, and we're going to keep on coming and getting