Game Replay: Oregon 42, Nebraska 35

Tre Bryant had 107 yards rushing Saturday but left the game early in the fourth quarter with an injury.

Four keys from Nebraska's 42-35 loss to Oregon on Saturday, including a questionable call, a rave review and more.

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Peculiar play: Oregon converted 6 of 8 third downs in the first half, but the toughest gut punch of them all was a third-and-17 when quarterback Justin Herbert threw too high and hard for tight end Jacob Breeland, but the ball zipped through Breeland’s hands to the waiting arms of Johnny Johnson III, who ran 21 yards for the first down. The Ducks scored a touchdown three plays later.

Questionable call: Four times in the first half, Nebraska’s offense started a drive with a pass. The results of those four drives: two interceptions and two three-and-outs. The Huskers’ pass game was consistently inconsistent in the first half and gave more life and field position to Oregon’s offense. That said, there aren’t many odder calls than NU consistently staying in its base defense for much of the first half.

Worth noting: Nebraska expects Stanley Morgan to be a top-end Big Ten receiver. So does Morgan. But on the Huskers’ first two passes of the game, Morgan got his number called on a deep ball and didn’t make the play. Early in the second half, he got his number called again and didn’t make the play. Then he dropped a third-down pass. He made two in a row after that, though — a 22-yard catch-and-run on fourth-and-10, and then an 18-yard touchdown grab. He finished strong with more than 100 yards receiving.

Rave review: Aside from NU’s great fans? It has to be running back Tre Bryant. The Huskers appear to have themselves a tough power back — if he’s healthy coming out of this game. Bryant’s blue-collar, one-guy-won’t-tackle-me attitude ground out yards on Duck tacklers throughout the game. Bryant topped 100 yards late in the third quarter and went down with an injury early in the fourth. The Husker defense fought hard in the second half, forcing two turnovers.

How would you grade Nebraska's performance against Oregon?

The Huskers fell into a 42-14 halftime hole but fought back to set up a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter. Ultimately, NU lost 42-35 to the Ducks. How would you grade Nebraska's performance?

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