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Abdullah, Huskers Run By Illini: Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nebraska to a 39-19 Big Ten-opening win over Illinois.
   Nebraska rolled up 521 yards of total offense as quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. had another solid performance in his second career start. The Blackshirts provided a solid defensive presence, holding the Illini to just 10 offensive points until the final minute of the game.
 
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COMMENTARY

Stryker

The Nebraska defense left its elementary school play­ground beatings behind, and may have entered its adolescence.”

Tad Stryker, HuskerMax

Whitney

Nebraska’s front seven played perhaps its best game of the season thus far. ”

Chris Whitney
KLIN

Sherman

There’s no path more immediate into the hearts of Husker fans than by running a smooth option play.”

Mitch Sherman
ESPN.com

Vogel

Nebraska showed Saturday that it could win in the Big Ten if it plays smart.”

Brandon Vogel
Hail Varsity

Johnson

I don’t know that the Blackshirts turned a corner, but they made critical-situation plays.”

Derek Johnson
HuskerMax

Sipple

This was a game for old-school Husker fans.”

Steve Sipple*
Lincoln Journal Star

Tate

Nebraska’s football tradition … is too far advanced for an Illini program forever struggling to regain its footing.”

Loren Tate
Champaign News-Gazette

Callahan

The Huskers played like they knew the importance of this game.”

Sean Callahan
HuskerOnline

Chatelain

Even Ron Brown can’t help but think of Tommie when he sees Tommy.”

Dirk Chatelain*
Omaha World-Herald

Shatel

With November weather as a blustery backdrop, the Huskers might have found something. Maybe.”

Tom Shatel*
Omaha World-Herald

Husker Mike

Taylor Martinez is Nebraska’s best quarterback. Or at least, when he’s healthy.”

Husker Mike’s Blasphemy

Hamar

Yes, you can and should credit Abdullah, but the work of the O-line should not be ignored.”

Bob Hamar
Grand Island Independent

York

The Huskers’ offensive line was versatile, tough, smart, disciplined and productive.”

Randy York
Huskers.com

 
 

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Nebraska 39
Illinois 19
Oct. 5, 2013 — 11 a.m. CDT
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln | ESPNU | Game on DVD


                     1    2    3    4   -  Final 
Illinois             0    5    7    7   -   19
Nebraska            14    9   13    3   -   39

1st quarter
NEB - Ameer Abdullah 2 run (Pat Smith kick) 11:06 
NEB - Quincy Enunwa 4 pass from Tommy Armstrong 
     (Smith kick) 5:53
2nd quarter
NEB - Smith 27 field goal, 13:04 
ILL - Taylor Zalewski 38 field goal, 7:50 
NEB - Imani Cross 2 run (Smith kick failed) 4:18 
ILL - Safety, Cross tackled in end zone, 1:44 
3rd quarter
NEB - Abdullah 43 run (Mauro Bondi kick) 12:58 
ILL - Donovonn Young 1 run (Zalewski kick) 5:54 
NEB - Kenny Bell 37 pass from Armstrong 
     (Bondi kick failed) 2:44
4th quarter
NEB - Smith 32 field goal, 5:16 
ILL - Josh Ferguson 1 run (Zalewski kick) 0:57
 
                                    ILL        NEB
FIRST DOWNS ........................ 24         24
  Rushing .......................... 11         14 
  Passing .......................... 11          8 
  Penalty ........................... 2          2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET) ............. 48-195     50-335
PASSING YDS (NET) ................. 177        186
  Att-Comp-Int .................31-16-1    20-11-0
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS ...... 79-372     70-521
Punt Returns-Yards ................ 0-0        1-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards ............ 4-96       1-26
Interception Returns-Yards ........ 0-0        1-6
Punts (Number-Avg) ............. 5-40.0     1-40.0
Fumbles-Lost ...................... 1-1        3-1
Penalties-Yards .................. 3-38       8-71
Possession Time ................. 32:41      27:19
Third-Down Conversions ........ 4 of 15    6 of 12
Fourth-Down Conversions ........ 2 of 4     0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances ........... 3-3        5-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards ............ 0-0       3-16

RUSHING
ILL: J.Ferguson 19-114; D.Young 15-61; N.Scheelhaase 9-11;
     R.O'Toole 3-8; A.Bailey 2-1. 
NEB: A.Abdullah 20-225; I.Cross 15-76; T.Newby 4-19;
     T.Armstrong 9-18; R.Kellogg 1-minus-1; TEAM 1-minus 2

PASSING
ILL: N.Scheelhaase 13-26-1 135; R.O'Toole 3-5-0-42
NEB: T.Armstrong 8-13-0 135; R.Kellogg 3-6-0 51;
     A.Abdullah 0-1-0-0

RECEIVING
ILL: J.Ferguson 8-82; M.Barr 4-30; J.Davis 3-45;
     M.LaCosse 1-20
NEB: Q.Enunwa 4-80; K.Bell 4-65; S.Cotton 1-17;
     A.Abdullah 1-15; J.Long 1-9

Attendance: 90,458

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