He was not the only key contributor lost for the Huskers.
Needing to answer, the Huskers hitched their wagon to running back Tre Bryant.
But showers that moved over the region late Thursday did the trick, and the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency said air quality was categorized as "good " by Friday morning. "They're not sure about him, but it's a knee for sure. I hope he's alright". He still had his pads on at the end of the game.
The game was worrisome from the first snap, and when the Ducks' sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert connected with his receiver in the end zone with only 1:18 off the clock, worry turned to dread.
"We had a shot", Riley said.
"It was just kind of that, "next-man-in" mentality", sophomore cornerback Eric Lee said. Defensive back Aaron Williams intercepted a pass early in the third quarter, and defensive back Antonio Reed forced a Freeman fumble, which Williams recovered.
De'Mornay, who was out with a shoulder issue all week is expected play on Saturday while David Knevel remains sidelined with an ankle injury. "Jordan and Austin are going to be big-time players for us". "We don't know how soon he'll be back".
-Redshirt freshman Matt Farniok made his first career start, lining up at right tackle in place of an injured David Knevel. "I think you guys have heard me say it before, but enthusiasm is contagious". "It didn't seem like it was real obvious that he was in there on his first start". "Just to see them grow, especially defensively as a unit, makes me excited for the future and trusting them in big situations". I made some mistakes. "You've got to get them, no question".
During his time with the Beavers, Riley was 1-6 at Autzen Stadium in Civil War rivalry games. "He did a great job keeping his head on his shoulders and looking around at everything, communicating with me".
In a special post-game moment following Oregon's 42-35 win against Nebraska, the three cancer survivors who helped design the Ducks' uniforms - Sophia, Ethan and Joe - received game balls. Moi walked Hoppes back into Lee's throwing path. One resulted in a sack, the other in a safety.
"Tough today, for sure, without Knevel", Riley said.
The Blackshirts piggybacked off the success of the offense, forcing OR to go three-and-out on their first drive of the game. Runs like 15 yards or long pass plays are big.
"That was awesome", Farmer said. It's really fun to be where I am. I'm really proud to be with those fans out here. He faced little pressure throughout much of the game and deftly carved up Nebraska's roving linebackers and off-balance secondary. The Ducks would begin at the 25 yardline after a touchback.On the first drive it took just five plays that included a run from Royce Freeman and a scoring pass from Herbert to Brendan Schooler in the back corner of the endzone. Almost 800 yards have been accumulated by opposing quarterbacks in two games - by far the highest total allowed to start the season by a Nebraska defense since at least 2000.
"That kills us", Lee said.
Willie Taggart notched his first signature win at Oregon.