Lincoln, Neb. — Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos says he is doing all he can to find a 12th regular-season game for the Cornhuskers.
Moos on Wednesday commented for the first time since the opener against Akron was called off because of inclement weather Saturday.
Nebraska wanted to play Akron Sunday, but the Zips couldn’t find a hotel for Saturday night. Moos said Akron turned down Nebraska’s offer to house players in vacant dormitories and provide breakfast.
Moos said rescheduling the game against Akron for Dec. 1 is an option as long as one or both teams are not playing in a conference championship game that day. Another possibility is to fill the scheduled open date Oct. 27 with a game against an opponent likely from the Football Championship Subdivision.
USC high on Daniels
Quarterback JT Daniels made a strong debut for No. 17 Southern California, but it would have been spectacular if not for some uncharacteristic drops by Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman Jr.
Refining the chemistry between the freshman and his two most experienced targets in the passing game is a priority for the Trojans going into their Pac-12 opener at No. 10 Stanford on Saturday.
“When you get in real live games and finally see what (Daniels) can do with the ball, yeah, it takes a little bit of time. But these guys are pros. I know Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman are going to go out there and shine,” USC coach Clay Helton said.
Daniels was 22 of 35 passing for 282 yards and one touchdown against UNLV, becoming the second USC freshman to start in a season opener. However, Vaughns dropped two potential touchdown receptions in the red zone and Pittman also dropped a potential touchdown reception inside the 20.
Those mistakes were part of the reason USC settled for five field goals in the 43-21 win over the Rebels, failing to create separation until Daniels found freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 43-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Tennessee loses center
Tennessee center Brandon Kennedy will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament in practice.
Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said the Alabama graduate transfer hurt his knee in Tuesday’s practice.
Pruitt said Ryan Johnson will take over as the starting center Saturday when the Volunteers host East Tennessee State. Johnson had been Tennessee’s first-team right guard.