By Robert Cameron

     QB Jammal Lord threw 2 touchdown passes in the second half on the      way to a 38 to 10 victory over Southern Miss.
On Thursday night, Nebraska laced it up against Southern Miss on ESPN in front of a national audience. Nebraska beat Southern Miss 38 to 14 with strong contributions from its defense, running attack and even its passing game. Jammal Lord connected on two touchdowns passes in the second half to put the game away for the Cornhuskers.

The defense jumped on Southern Miss early. On Southern Miss' first possession, Ryon Bingham had a fumble recovery to set the Cornhuskers up in good position with the drive ending in a Jammal Lord 6 yard touchdown run. On Southern Miss' third possession, Josh Bullock intercepted Dustin Almond and returned the ball 41 yards, setting the ball up on Southern Miss' 4-yard line. David Horn finished that drive off with a 3- yard touchdown run. Early in the first half, Nebraska posted a 17 to 0 lead over Southern Miss with 14 of the points being set up by the Nebraska defense. With time running out in the second quarter, Southern Miss' Marvin Young returned a Nebraska punt 37 yards to the Nebraska 22 yard line. Southern Miss was able to punch it in for a touchdown making the half time score 17 to 7. Nebraska's defense shut down Southern Miss in the second half and held them scoreless until late in the third quarter. Southern Miss did score one last touchdown, but it wasn't until later in the fourth quarter and while Nebraska was playing reserve defensive players. Linebacker Demorrio Williams lead the team in tackles with 12, had one fumble recovery and recorded another sack. Barrett Ruud also had a very good game, accounting for 10 tackles and he also had a fumble recovery. Nebraska's defense held Southern Miss to only 108 yards rushing and 211 yards passing, while taking the ball away 5 times, 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions.

Nebraska rushed for 141 yards and while that doesn't look very impressive, the defense set Nebraska up so they didn't have to drive the length of the field. Robin Miller led the team in rushing on two carries for 47 yards. He scored on a 47 yard run with just over a minute in the game in cleanup. Josh Davis had 10 carries for 46 yards, David Horn had 6 carries for 33 yards and one touchdown, Corey Ross had 6 carries for 26 yards and Jammal Lord had 18 rushes for 37 yards with one touchdown. It was not our best rushing performance, but it was efficient and got the job done. Jammal Lord completed 6 of 14 attempts passing for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. That's a completion rate of 42%, which is still mediocre at best. Lord also missed a wide-open tight end running down the field that would have been a touchdown and still does not look comfortable throwing the ball. Joe Dailey saw brief action in the second quarter and after a ball was tipped on his first series and intercepted, he was not seen from again until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. In my mind, Joe Dailey is clearly the better passer and needs to get more playing time to get him more comfortable with the offense. Jammal Lord is a good option quarterback, but has yet shown that he has the skills to be a consistent and accurate passer.

Ross Pilkington had three receptions for 46 yards and 1 touchdown. In the third quarter, he was wide open (as usual) and caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Jammal Lord. We also saw the debut of freshman wide receiver Isaiah Fluellen who caught a 43-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to dash any hopes Southern Miss had of staying in the game. Although he only caught the ball once, he showed good speed and good hands. Expect to see more of Fluellen in games to follow.

For Nebraska's next test, Troy State comes to Lincoln. They're a good football team that just beat Marshall who the week before upset K-State. Nebraska's defense should have a big game against Troy State and the secondary will add to their interception totals. Look for Nebraska to jump-start its running attack again and see what new pass wrinkles Barney Cotton adds to the offense. My prediction is Nebraska 31 Troy State 10.