LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A week after its loss at Southern
California, No. 23 Nebraska took its some frustration on another
bunch of Trojans.
Marlon Lucky ran for 156 yards and three long touchdowns,
Kenny Wilson ran for 106 yards and two scores and Zac Taylor passed for
268 yards in a 56-0 victory over Troy on Saturday night.
It was a dominating performance by the Cornhuskers (3-1), who
had been criticized for coach Bill Callahan's conservative
offensive game plan in last week's 28-10 loss at USC.
"I just feel like everybody kind of gave up on us after the USC
game, and a lot of people were down on us when we came into the
Troy game because Troy almost beat Florida State and Georgia
Tech," said receiver Terrence Nunn, who caught four passes for 102
yards. "We're a hell of a team, too."
Held to 211 yards last week, the Huskers blew past that total
early in the second quarter on their way to a season-high 597.
"A lot people put us to the side and said we got blown out by
USC. That's not the case," Taylor said. "It's important that we
showed we're still the same team we were at the beginning of the
Taylor was 14-of-17 for 268 yards and a touchdown before giving
way to Joe Ganz in the middle of the third quarter.
Troy (1-3), which led Florida State in the fourth quarter two
weeks ago and was tied with Georgia Tech in the fourth quarter last
week, couldn't overcome Nebraska's big plays and its own penalties.
The Huskers had nine plays of 20 yards or longer. Three of them
were Lucky touchdown runs of 34, 45 and 51 yards.
On Troy's first four possessions alone, the Trojans were flagged
for intentional grounding, two illegal formations, a false start,
holding and offensive pass interference. They were penalized 10
times for 80 yards.
Nebraska scored on four of its first five possessions and led
28-0 at half.
Callahan said he was gratified with the way his team bounced
back from last week's loss.
"I'm really excited about our defense throwing a shutout," he
said. "It was a good win for our team in the way that we handled
ourselves in preparation coming off last week. It just shows the
maturity of this team."
Troy coach Larry Blakeney said the Huskers were too big and fast
for the Trojans.
"This is the best football team we've seen in a long time,"
Blakeney said. "I don't know what they call that offense, whether
it's the West Coast or East Coast or South Coast or Canadian, but
it gave us more than we could handle."
The Huskers recorded their first shutout in 32 games, since a
28-0 win over Iowa State in 2003, and held Troy to 140 yards.
Lucky opened the scoring on the game's first series, hitting the
corner and accelerating past free safety Tavares Williams on his
way to his 34-yard touchdown.
Taylor, after a 49-yard pass to Nate Swift on first-and-35,
found J.B. Phillips alone in the end zone for a 6-yard TD. Lucky's
45-yarder came after he broke through a hole at the line of
scrimmage and outran cornerbacks Elbert Mack and Henry Chubb.
Wilson's 3-yard run ended a 12-play drive late in the half, and
Lucky opened the third quarter with his 51-yarder up the middle.
"We were all frustrated after the SC game," Lucky said. "This
whole week we were getting burned [in the media] because Coach was
running too much and wasn't passing. We came out and dominated."
Taylor threw his first interception in 84 attempts when Justin
Bray picked him off late in the first half.
"I don't know when I've been around getting thrashed quite like
that," Blakeney said. "We played pretty well against Florida
State. We played pretty well against Georgia Tech. But this bunch
of guys here, with their style of play and physical approach,
presented us with more than we could handle."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... When Marlon Lucky put on his helmet. The sophomore RB scored on a 34-yard run five minutes into the game. And he didn't stop then.
Gameball goes to... Lucky, hands down. QB Zac Taylor was impressive (269 yards, 2 TDs), but Lucky stole the show with 159 yards and 3 TDs on 11 carries.
Stat of the game... 260: Nebraska outgained Troy on the ground by 260 yards. Makes the difference in the air (182 yards) look close.