Nebraska at Purdue

Abdullah, Nebraska run past Purdue 44-7

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Ameer Abdullah ran for 126 yards and a touchdown to help Nebraska defeat Purdue 44-7 on Saturday.

Terrell Newby ran for 61 yards and Imani Cross added 56 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten).

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez sat out with a turf toe injury. Tommy Armstrong Jr. started and completed just 6 of 18 passes for 43 yards with three interceptions. Ron Kellogg III stepped in and completed 10 of 13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Nebraska held Purdue to 216 yards, and the Boilermakers didn't score until the final minute of the game. Purdue ran for just 32 yards on 25 carries.

Danny Etling completed 14 of 35 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. DeAngelo Yancey caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2).

Nebraska scored on its first drive as Armstrong's 3-yard touchdown run put Nebraska ahead 7-0. The Huskers ran for 48 yards on the drive.

Halfway through the first quarter, LeRoy Alexander intercepted a pass by Etling and the Huskers took over on the Purdue 26. On Nebraska's next play, however, Armstrong lobbed an interception to Purdue's Frankie Williams in the end zone.

Kellogg replaced Armstrong at quarterback the following series and converted two third-and-long passes before Cross scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, extending Nebraska's lead to 14-0.

Purdue was outgained 117-14 and held without a first down in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was ejected for targeting after leading with his helmet while making a play against Dalyn Dawkins. On the next play Randy Gregory recovered a Dawkins fumble, setting up a 28-yard touchdown run by Abdullah.

Trailing 21-0, Purdue went for it on fourth-and-3 from its 46 on its first possession of the third quarter, but Rob Henry's pass on a reverse was short.

Nebraska responded with another scoring drive on which Abdullah moved the chains with a tough run on fourth-and-1 and, later, Cross scored from 2 yards out..

Gregory sacked Etling in the end zone, one of five sacks by the Cornhuskers, to increase Nebraska's lead to 30-0.

Etling found Yancey for a 55-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds remaining to finally get Purdue on the board.

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Scoring Summary
NEBTommy Armstrong 3 yd run (Pat Smith kick)
NEBImani Cross 1 yd run (Pat Smith kick)
NEBAmeer Abdullah 28 yd run (Pat Smith kick)
NEBImani Cross 2 yd run (Pat Smith kick)
NEB Team safety
NEBQuincy Enunwa 8 yd pass from Ron Kellogg (Pat Smith kick)
NEBKing Frazier 3 yd run (Pat Smith kick)
PURDUEDeAngelo Yancey 55 yd pass from Danny Etling (Paul Griggs kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2111
Third Down Efficiency11-213-14
Fourth Down Efficiency2-20-3
Plays-Net Yards87-43561-216
Passing Yds184184
Kick Return Yds1567
Punt Return Yds120
Time of Poss.37:1622:44
Individual Stats
NEB: Ameer Abdullah 20-126, Terrell Newby 10-61, Imani Cross 16-56, King Frazier 3-9, Tommy Armstrong 4-5, Team 1--2, Ron Kellogg 2--4
PURDUE: Akeem Hunt 10-57, Brandon Cottom 2-14, Raheem Mostert 3-7, Dalyn Dawkins 3-4, Danny Etling 7--50
NEB: Tommy Armstrong 6-18-43-3, Ron Kellogg 10-13-141-0
PURDUE: Danny Etling 14-35-184-1, Rob Henry 0-1-0-0
NEB: Quincy Enunwa 4-72, Jordan Westerkamp 3-53, Kenny Bell 2-29, Cethan Carter 2-15, Ameer Abdullah 2-7, Trey Foster 1-9, Sam Cotton 1-2, Terrell Newby 1--3
PURDUE: DeAngelo Yancey 5-146, Shane Mikesky 3-17, Justin Sinz 2-10, Akeem Hunt 2-5, Cameron Posey 1-5, Dalyn Dawkins 1-1
Nebraska2nd Big Ten West6-39-4
Purdue7th Big Ten West1-83-9

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