Evanston, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – Ameer Abdullah rushed for 146 yards and
four touchdowns, including three in the second half, to lift No. 19 Nebraska
to a 38-17 win over Northwestern on Saturday night.
It was the least-competitive game the teams have played since Nebraska joined
the Big Ten in 2011. Each of the first three were decided by three points or
fewer, including last year’s win by the Cornhuskers on a Hail Mary pass.
Abdullah scored on three 1-yard runs in the third and fourth quarter to give
the Cornhuskers (6-1, 2-1 Big Ten) a 35-17 lead after they trailed 17-14 at
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from
wide receiver De’Mornay Pierson-El on a trick play in the first half and had
221 yards passing.
Northwestern (3-4, 2-2) has dropped two in a row since a three-game winning
streak that included victories over Big Ten foes Penn State and then-No. 17
Justin Jackson rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the loss and Trevor
Siemian passed for 173 yards.