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September 9, 2006

Nebraska rolls, real test next at Southern Cal

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Zac Taylor threw a career-high four touchdown passes, Marlon Lucky ran for 103 yards and No. 21 Nebraska prepped for next week's game at Southern Cal with a 56-7 victory over I-AA Nicholls State on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers (2-0) scored on six of their first seven possessions while building a 42-0 lead.

Nicholls State (1-1), playing a nationally ranked I-A opponent for the first time, didn't cross midfield until its only scoring drive early in the fourth quarter.

The victory was Nebraska's fifth in a row and gave the Huskers their longest winning streak since opening the 2003 season 5-0.

Taylor, who completed 12 passes in a row after Lucky dropped his first attempt, finished 19-of-23 for 202 yards before Joe Ganz relieved him in the fourth quarter.

Taylor threw TD passes of 1 yard to Dane Todd, 19 yards to Matt Herian, 14 yards to Frantz Hardy and 42 yards to Maurice Purify.

Cody Glenn had scoring runs of 1 and 2 yards, Lucky a 1-yarder and Kenny Wilson a 14-yarder.

The Huskers scored on their first three possessions and led 28-0 at halftime.

Stewart Bradley recovered Nicholls State quarterback Vincent Montgomery's fumble near midfield on the opening series, and the Huskers ran on nine of 10 plays before Glenn scored from the 1.

Taylor's touchdown passes to Todd and Herian finished drives of 51 and 39 yards, and his long pass to Purify capped a one-play series.

In the first half alone, Nicholls State managed just three first downs, lost Montgomery to an unspecified injury and fumbled on a fake punt. Grant Thorne, the upback, dropped the snap and Corey McKeon recovered for Nebraska. But the Huskers failed to score - the only series they didn't convert into points in the first half - as Jordan Congdon missed a 37-yard field goal.

The Colonels' lone touchdown came after they recovered a muffed punt that brushed the back of Nebraska's Todd Peterson. After Thorne broke loose for 49 yards, Broderick Cole scored from a yard out.

Thorne led the Nicholls State with 65 yards.

Nebraska had 30 first downs to the Colonels' seven and outgained them 498-187.

For more coverage of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, check out HuskersIllustrated.com.

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