NCAAF Game Recap - South Alabama at Nebraska
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 31, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

South Alabama (0-1)

7

0

14

0

21

(24) Nebraska (1-0)

7

7

14

7

35

No. 24 Huskers turn to defense to put away S. Alabama 35-21
Sat Aug 31, 2019 5:26 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) As happy as he was with his defense, Scott Frost was in no mood to celebrate after Nebraska's opener against South Alabama.

Frost's coaching resume is built on offense, and he didn't like what he saw in the No. 24 Cornhuskers' 35-21 victory Saturday.

"That's as anemic an offensive effort I've been a part of in a long time," Frost said. "That's not the offense I've been seeing all fall camp. We have to go back to the drawing board and figure out what happened today. I give credit to South Alabama for the coaching job they did. Their kids came in and fought."

Two defensive touchdowns and one on special teams bailed out an offense that generated only 276 yards, including just 66 in the second half, and never established a ground game against an opponent from the Sun Belt Conference that ranked 101st against the run last season.

"It's no secret we played very poor," quarterback Adrian Martinez said. "It's probably the worst we've played in a long time, and it's not acceptable. We're happy we got the win. Our defense played great, special teams made some plays, but offensively we need to be a lot better. It's pretty simple."

The five-touchdown favorite Huskers led only 14-7 at halftime, and the anxiety at Memorial Stadium was palpable.

But the defense had five takeaways, the biggest one Eric Lee Jr.'s 38-yard interception return for a touchdown, and JD Spielman ran back a punt 76 yards to make it a three-touchdown game early in the third quarter.

South Alabama wouldn't go away. The Jaguars converted two straight turnovers into touchdowns to cut it to 28-21 and had the ball heading into the fourth quarter.

Things started turning for Nebraska when Cam Taylor hammered Jaguars quarterback Cephus Johnson, popping the ball loose, and Alex Davis picked it up at the goal line and stepped into the end zone for a touchdown.

Then, with South Alabama threatening from the Nebraska 12, Taylor stepped in front of Johnson's pass and ran in back to midfield.

The Huskers had three non-offensive touchdowns for the first time since 2005.

"Defensive-wise, getting to the ball, everyone was competing for tackles, everyone was competing to get turnovers," Taylor said. "Everybody wants to get to the ball."

It was the second straight time the Huskers struggled against a Sun Belt team. Last year they lost at home to Troy, one of the lowest points in a 4-8 season.

The Huskers averaged just 2.2 yards per carry against the Jaguars and finished with 98 on the ground. They were outgained by 38 yards and had 15 first downs to South Alabama's 19.

"Disappointing loss," Jaguars coach Steve Campbell said. "When you have more total yards, more first downs, I think we were a little better than them on third down efficiency... Then to come up short, that tells you what a big stat turnovers is. You can look at explosives and all that stuff all you want to. Still, it's a game of turnovers."

Martinez was intercepted once and nearly two other times, had difficulty handling center Cam Jurgens' high snaps and the offensive line was beaten often by pass rushers.

The Huskers' best series was their first, when they drove 81 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Only three of their remaining possessions lasted more than five plays.

Martinez, the most productive freshman quarterback in the nation last year, passed for 178 yards but was held to 6 yards on 13 carries.

"I'm not worried about Adrian because I know how he can play and who he is," Frost said. "I don't think he had his best game. If that's our fault for putting him in bad situations, we'll get it fixed."

THE TAKEAWAY

South Alabama: The Jaguars look like they could be better than the 3-9 team in Campbell's first year.

Nebraska: The Huskers will be facing questions all week about their poor production on offense. They were outgained 314-276.

FACTS AND FIGURES

Freshman Dylan Jorgensen handled the place-kicking with Barret Pickering injured. ... Redshirt freshman Cam Jurgens became the first freshman (true or redshirt) to start at center for Nebraska since freshman eligibility was reinstated in 1972. ... The Jaguars are 1-3 against ranked opponents.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Nebraska was in the preseason Top 25 for the first time since 2014. The voters must decide if the Huskers still merit a spot after having to fight for four quarters against a Sun Belt Conference opponent.

UP NEXT

South Alabama hosts Jackson State.

Nebraska visits Colorado, which came from behind to win in Lincoln last year.

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Passing

SoAl Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Morton 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 1 0.0
C. Johnson 34 19 55.9 2 231 36 2 72.1
Neb Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Martinez 22 13 59.1 0 178 42 1 66.1

Rushing

SoAl Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Minter 10 37 3.7 12 0
K. Baker 5 27 5.4 15 0
Neb Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Mills 15 44 2.9 13 2
M. Washington 6 39 6.5 16 0

Receiving

SoAl Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Baker 4 59 14.8 25 0
C. Sutherland 4 53 13.3 36 0
Neb Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Stoll 3 66 22.0 42 0
J. Spielman 2 36 18.0 19 0

Fumbles

SoAl F FL
C. Johnson 2 2
Neb F FL
J. Spielman 1 1
D. Mills 1 1

Returning

SoAl KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Minter 5 14.8 0 17 1 0.0 0 0
Neb KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Spielman 0 - 0 0 4 20.0 1 76
W. Robinson 3 25.7 0 39 0 - 0 0

Punting

SoAl Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Brooks 7 287 41.0 57
Neb Punt Yds Avg LgPu
I. Armstrong 6 273 45.5 54

Takeaways

SoAl Int Yds InTD
A. DeShazor 1 18 0
Neb Int Yds InTD
E. Lee Jr. 2 38 1
C. Taylor-Britt 1 48 0

Team Stats Comparison

SoAl Neb
Points For 21 35
Total Yards 314 276
Rushing Yards 83 98
Passing Yards 231 178
Passing Completions / Attempts 19/35 13/22
Turnovers 5 3
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 2/2 4/2
First Downs 19 15
Penalties - Yards 7/44 8/64
Time Of Possession 13:13 47:47
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/17 6/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/41 6/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter SoAl Neb
Neb 2:41 TD Dedrick Mills 1 yd run (Dylan Jorgensen kick) 0 7
SoAl 9:28 TD Cephus Johnson 3 yd run (Frankie Onate kick) 7 7
2nd Quarter SoAl Neb
Neb 5:45 TD Dedrick Mills 1 yd run (Dylan Jorgensen kick) 7 14
3rd Quarter SoAl Neb
Neb 1:49 TD Eric Lee Jr. 38 yd interception return (Dylan Jorgensen kick) 7 21
Neb 3:28 TD JD Spielman 76 yd punt return (Dylan Jorgensen kick) 7 28
SoAl 8:13 TD Davyn Flenord 9 yd pass from Cephus Johnson (Frankie Onate kick) 14 28
SoAl 12:43 TD Khameron Taylor 13 yd pass from Cephus Johnson (Frankie Onate kick) 21 28
4th Quarter SoAl Neb
Neb 0:07 TD Alex Davis 0 yd fumble return (Dylan Jorgensen kick) 21 35

Game Information

Stadium: Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, Nebraska
Attendance: 89,502
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