LINCOLN, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Notre Dame made its first visit to Nebraska in 53 years on Saturday night. The evening likely seemed that long for the Fighting Irish.
Dahrran Deidrick ran for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns as fourth-ranked Nebraska jumped out to a big early lead and coasted to a 27-10 victory over 17th-ranked Notre Dame.
Notre Dame coach Bob Davie was concerned that his team was playing its season opener while Nebraska already had played twice. His fears were well-founded as the Cornhuskers played crisp, efficient football while the Fighting Irish were out of sync, turning the ball over four times and committing numerous other mistakes.
"Obviously, we weren't a very well prepared football team," Davie said. "I take responsibility for that. I don't care how many games Nebraska has played. I don't care how many people were in the stands. I don't care what the crowd nose was. There is no excuse. I take responsibility."
The Fighting Irish (1-0), who committed an NCAA-low eight turnovers all of last season, made their first trip to Memorial Stadium since 1948. They lost for the first time in five season openers under Davie.
The victory was an emotional one for Nebraska coach Frank Solich, whose father, Frank Sr., died last week. He will leave the team to attend a memorial service Sunday in Pennsylvania.
"I think getting off to a great start means a great deal in any football game, but the thing we stress to them is that we need to play four quarters," Solich said. "You just want to make sure that you're doing everything you possibly can to win the ball game."
The Cornhuskers (3-0) opened the scoring on a seven-yard TD run by Deidrick 4:19 into the game, capping a nine-play, 64-yard drive.
"I am just thankful that everything has been falling in to place for me lately," said Deidrick, who had his second straight 100-yard game. "I've been happy with the way I played."
Notre Dame quickly gave back the ball when Terrance Howard fumbled a handoff from Matt LoVecchio on the first play from scrimmage. Demoine Adams recovered at the Fighting Irish 21.
The Cornhuskers capitalized with a 22-yard TD pass from Eric Crouch to a wide-open John Gibson in the corner of the end zone.
Notre Dame scored a pair of special teams touchdowns in last year's overtime loss to the Cornhuskers, but the unit betrayed the Irish early on Saturday.
Punter Nicholas Setta had a snap sail way over his head, leading to a 19-yard fiel goal by Sandro Deangelis.
Davie switched quarterbacks in the second quarter, trying Carlyle Holiday over LoVecchio. Holiday was able to move Notre Dame 64 yards, leading to a 29-yard field goal by Setta.
But Josh Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 43 yards and Diedrick, who carried 32 times, later scored on a three-yard run to make it 24-3.
A 21-yard field goal by DeAngelis made it 27-3 at halftime.
LoVecchio completed 11-of-24 passes for 78 yards with one interception.
"Whatever happened out there, we need to fix it quick," LoVecchio said. "We need to put points on the board."
Heisman Trophy candidate Eric Crouch had a quiet game for Nebraska, carrying 14 times for 31 yards and completing six-of-nine passes for 88 yards wihtout an interception.
Notre Dame went back to LoVecchio, but continued to have trouble moving the ball in the second half. A one-yard TD run by Tony Fisher early in the fourth quarter followed a blocked punt deep in Nebraska territory.