Ameer Abdullah breaks away for the winning touchdown.

Nebraska 31
McNeese St. 24

Sep. 6, 2014 - 11 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE | BTN
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
McNeese St. 7 7 0 10 24
Nebraska 14 7 3 7 31
1st quarter
MCN: Milton 9 run (Kjellsten kick) 8:26
NEB: Westerkamp 40 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) 6:44 
NEB: Abdullah 2 run (Brown kick) 3:00 
2nd quarter
MCN: Sam 98 interception return (Kjellsten kick) 10:08 
NEB: Armstrong 1 run (Brown kick) 5:47
3rd quarter
NEB: Brown 31 field goal, 3:51
4th quarter
MCN: Bolfing 1 run (Kjellsten kick) 13:45
MCN: Kjellsten 24 field goal, 4:21
NEB: Abdullah 58 pass from Armstrong (Brown kick) 0:20 

                             MCN      NEB
FIRST DOWNS.................. 15       17
  Rushing..................... 7        7
  Passing..................... 7        9
  Penalty..................... 1        1
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 45-178   33-195
PASSING YDS (NET)........... 160      242
  Att-Comp-Int.......... 26-12-1  31-16-1
TOTAL OFFENSE ........... 71-338   64-437
Fumble Returns-Yds.......... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yds........... 3-19     5-52
Kickoff Returns-Yds........ 4-65    5-126
Int Returns-Yds............ 1-98      1-0
Punts-Avg ............... 8-39.4   6-51.2
Fumbles-Lost................ 1-0      1-0
Penalties-Yds.............. 6-44     5-40
Possession Time........... 34:52    25:08
Third-Down Conv. ....... 5 of 17  4 of 13
Fourth-Down Conv. ....... 2 of 2   1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances..... 3-3      3-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 1-2      1-2
 
RUSHING
MCN: Sams, Daniel 10-74; Bennett, Kelvin 19-53; Holmes, Nate 3-23; Milton, Derrick 6-18; Thomas, Khalil 1-9; Celestie, Ernest 1-3; Bolfing, Tyler 3-3; Long, Dylan 2-minus 5.

NEB: Armstrong Jr. 11-131; Abdullah, Ameer 17-54; Newby, Terrell 2-9; Cross, Imani 3-1.
 
PASSING
MCN: Bolfing, Tyler 9-17-1-101;
     Sams, Daniel 3-9-0-59.
NEB: Armstrong Jr. 16-31-1-242.
 
RECEIVING
MCN: Shelby, Kent 2-47; Bennett, Kelvin 2-35; Celestie, Ernest 2-20; Hetrick, Zach 1-27;  Holmes, Nate 1-12; Bush, David 1-6; McGilvery, Jereon 1-5; Milton, Derrick 1-5; Long, Dylan 1-3.

NEB: Westerkamp, J. 4-61; Abdullah, Ameer 3-96; Turner, Jamal 3-28; Allen, Taariq 3-27; Bell, Kenny 1-14; Moore, Alonzo 1-11; Carter, Cethan 1-5.

Attendance: 91,082

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Ameer to the rescue: Ameer Adbullah turned a short pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. into a 58-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left to send No. 19 Nebraska to a 31-24 win over McNeese State.

The Huskers were facing a 3rd-and-6 with the game tied. Armstrong hit Abdullah in the flat short of the first-down marker and gave the senior All-America candidate a chance to make a play. And what a play he made.

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Commentary

Vogel

Nebraska’s offensive line appeared to get handled by an FCS front.

Hail Varsity
Johnson

Nebraska once again pulled brilliance out of a hole in the ground when the game was on the line.

HuskerMax
Callahan

The game clearly turned on Armstrong’s interception in the second quarter.

HuskerOnline
Stryker

It’s hard to overstate how much the Husker Nation owes Abdullah for sticking around for his senior year.

HuskerMax
Muessel

The biggest question still remains: Will things actually be different this year?

Hail Varsity
Sipple

The truth, of course, lies somewhere between last week’s show of strength and this week’s letdown.

Lincoln Journal Star
Shatel

There are clutch plays that win championship games. And there are clutch plays that prevent absolute disaster.

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Chatelain

One thing we do know: The Huskers haven’t fixed their old ways.

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Husker Mike

If Armstrong doesn’t start to show major improve­ment with his passing soon, it may be time to give Ryker Fyfe some meaningful snaps.

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