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Illinois at Nebraska

Abdullah runs for 225, Huskers beat Illini 39-19

By ERIC OLSON
AP College Football Writer
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska's maligned defense was much improved in a 39-19 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

Tommy Armstrong, starting his second straight game in place of injured quarterback Taylor Martinez, led the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) to touchdowns on his first three series and was solid throughout.

Armstrong was 8 of 13 for 135 yards.

Just as big as Armstrong's performance was that of Nebraska's defense, which had been one of the nation's worst through four games.

Illinois (3-2, 0-1), which came in averaging 40 points a game, didn't score its first touchdown until the middle of the third quarter. Twice when the Illini looked as if they would make a game of it, the Huskers made big stops.

Josh Ferguson led the Illini with 114 yards on 19 carries and another 82 yards on eight catches.

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Scoring Summary
NEBAmeer Abdullah 2 yd run (Pat Smith kick)
NEBQuincy Enunwa 4 yd pass from Tommy Armstrong (Pat Smith kick)
NEBPat Smith 27 yd FG
ILLTaylor Zalewski 38 yd FG
NEBImani Cross 2 yd run (missed kick)
ILLHouston Bates safety
NEBAmeer Abdullah 43 yd run (Mauro Bondi kick)
ILLDonovonn Young 1 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
NEBKenny Bell 37 yd pass from Tommy Armstrong (missed kick)
NEBPat Smith 32 yd FG
ILLJosh Ferguson 1 yd run (Taylor Zalewski kick)
 
Team Stats
 ILLNEB
First Downs2424
Third Down Efficiency4-156-12
Fourth Down Efficiency2-40-1
Plays-Net Yards79-37270-521
Rushes-Yds48-19550-335
Passing Yds177186
Kick Return Yds9626
Punt Return Yds00
Passes16-31-111-20-0
Punts5-2001-40
Fumbles-Lost1-13-1
Penalties-Yds3-388-71
Time of Poss.32:5427:6
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
ILL: Josh Ferguson 19-114, Donovonn Young 15-61, Nathan Scheelhaase 9-11, Reilly O'Toole 3-8, Aaron Bailey 2-1
NEB: Ameer Abdullah 20-225, Imani Cross 15-76, Terrell Newby 4-19, Tommy Armstrong 9-18, Ron Kellogg 1--1, Team 1--2
PASSING
ILL: Nathan Scheelhaase 13-26-135-1, Reilly O'Toole 3-5-42-0
NEB: Tommy Armstrong 8-13-135-0, Ron Kellogg 3-6-51-0, Ameer Abdullah 0-1-0-0
RECEIVING
ILL: Josh Ferguson 8-82, Martize Barr 4-30, Jon Davis 3-45, Matt LaCosse 1-20
NEB: Quincy Enunwa 4-80, Kenny Bell 4-65, Sam Cotton 1-17, Ameer Abdullah 1-15, Jake Long 1-9
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Illinois5th Big Ten West3-56-6
Nebraska2nd Big Ten West5-39-3