Nebraska Postgame Notes
Holiday Bowl vs. USC, Dec. 27, 2014
The loss to USC dropped Nebraska to 25-26 all-time in bowl games, including a 1-3 record in Holiday Bowl games. The Huskers also fell to 0-4-1 all-time against USC.
Nebraska I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 27 times for 88 yards and a 20-yard third-quarter touchdown. Abdullah increased his season total to 1,611, which ranks sixth on the Nebraska single-season rushing list. Abdullah is one of only two players in school history with two seasons of more than 1,500 rushing yards and the only player with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 4,588 yards. He finished his career just 192 yards behind Mike Roziers Nebraska record of 4,780 career rushing yards.
In addition to his 88 rushing yards, Abdullah had a season-high 120 yards on kickoff returns and 61 receiving yards for 269 all-purpose yards. With his 269 all-purpose yards tonight, Abdullah increased his career all-purpose yardage total to 7,186. He is just the 11th player in NCAA FBS history to eclipse 7,000 career all-purpose yards. He finished his career second in the Big Ten in career all-purpose yards, trailing only Ron Daynes 7,429 career all-purpose yards.
Abdullahs rushing touchdown was his 19th rushing touchdown of the season and his 22nd overall touchdown in 2014. The 19 rushing touchdowns are tied for third on the NU season list, while his 22 overall touchdowns are tied for second. He finished his career with 39 career rushing touchdowns (5th) and 48 overall touchdowns (3rd).
Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell caught seven passes for 71 yards, including an 18-yard first quarter touchdown. The touchdown reception was Bells sixth of the 2014 season and the 21st of his Nebraska career. He finishes his career third on the NU career TD receptions list.
With his 71 receiving yards tonight, Bell finished the season with 788 receiving yards, good for seventh on the Nebraska single-season yardage list. Bell also owns the No. 4 spot on the single-season chart with 861 yards in 2012. Bell closes his Nebraska career with an NU career record 2,689 receiving yards.
Bells seven receptions gave him 47 receptions this season to rank 10th on the NU single-season receptions list. Bell finishes his career with a Nebraska record 181 career receptions. He also became the first player in Nebraska history to lead the team in receptions for four straight seasons.
Bell finished his career with a reception in 28 consecutive games. Overall, Bell caught a pass in 51 of the past 52 games.
Bell finished his career with 15 career receptions in four bowl games, eclipsing the previous record of 13 catches by Rex Burkhead in four bowl games from 2009 to 2012.
Freshman DeMornay Pierson-El had a career-high eight receptions for a career-high 102 yards and a touchdown. His previous high was four receptions for 87 yards against Minnesota on Nov. 22. His eight receptions were also a Nebraska bowl record, bettering six receptions on several occasions.
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 32-of-51 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns. Armstrong set Nebraska bowl records for pass attempts, completions, passing yards and a touchdown. The 381 passing yards were a career high for Armstrong bettering his 273 yards passing at Michigan State on Oct. 4.
Armstrong finished the season with 2,695 passing yards to rank fourth on the NU single-season passing list with the highest sophomore passing total in school history. He also finished the season with 22 passing touchdowns to rank fourth on the NU single-season passing touchdowns list.
Armstrong accounted for a career-high and Nebraska bowl-game record 422 yards of total offense. He finished the season with 3,400 yards of total offense, good for the third-best total offense season in school history.
Nebraska scored 42 points tonight to finish the season by scoring at least 21 points in every game. This marks just the fifth time in school history Nebraska has scored at least 21 points in every game.
Freshman safety Kieron Williams blocked two USC punts in the game, becoming the first Husker to block two punts in a game since Lannie Hopkins vs. Kansas in 2002. This marks the second time this season Nebraska has blocked two punts, as the Huskers also accomplished the feat against Purdue, including one by Williams. Overall, Nebraska has had six blocked kicks (4 punts, 2 field goals) in the past six games.
Source: Nebraska Athletic Dept.