Nebraska avoided the bug of losing to a team they shouldn't as they destroyed the South Alabama Jaguars 48-9, giving Mike Riley his first win as Nebraska new head coach.
Terrell Newby was the start of the night for Nebraska rushing 28 times for 198 yards. He scored two touchdowns on the ground, and one through the air, all in the first half as Nebraska jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Nebraska had 258 total yards rushing for the night.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong had a solid passing performance going 21-for-30 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Armstrong's top target was Brandon Reilly, who had five receptions for 71 yards. Lane Hovey had five catches for 68 yards while Alonzo Moore had five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown late in the game from backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe.
Nebraska's defense did an excellent job of making South Alabama one dimensional as the Jaguars could manage only 19 net yards rushing on the night. The defense was lead by linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, who had 10 tackles. Cornerback Jonathan Rose had eight tackles.
Jaguar quarterback Cody Clements performed well enough, going 23-for-40 for 271 yards, but had no touchdowns and an interception. Josh Magee was Clements' main target with six receptions for 147 yards and a late touchdown.
Backups for both teams played most of the fourth quarter.
Tonight’s win was Nebraska’s 875th all-time victory. Nebraska is the fourth school to join that victory milestone, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.