September 9, 2006

The final grade out of the Nicholls State game

For the second game in a row the balance that Nebraska head coach Bill Callahan has preached about his West Coast offense has showed up.

The Huskers man-handled Division I-AA opponent Nicholls State on Saturday 56-7, finishing with 498 yards of total offense. NU ran for 261 yards and passed for 237 on the day.

Senior quarterback Zac Taylor was his usual efficient self, completing 19-of-23 passes for 202 yards and four touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Marlon Lucky led the way on the ground with 103 yards rushing on 18 carries.

"I thought Zac was very efficient," Callahan said. "We just wanted to grind it out. This type of game was played in some conditions that we might possibly play in the later part of the year, so that was a good weather game for us.

Another impressive stat on the season for the Huskers is 11 different players have scored touchdowns in two game-five running backs, four tight ends and two wide receivers.

Taylor said the ball distribution that Nebraska has shown through two games is what this offense is built to do.

"Sometimes it just happens," Taylor said. "The coverage tells you who will get open."

Now the focus for Nebraska will shift to their highly anticipated match-up at USC next Saturday night.

"These first two games have really got us ready," Taylor said.

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