Florida Atlantic at Nebraska

No. 22 Nebraska rolls over Florida Atlantic 55-7

AP College Football Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 232 yards, Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for a career-high 271 yards and two TDs, and No. 22 Nebraska defeated Florida Atlantic 55-7 Saturday.

The Cornhuskers rushed for 498 of their 784 total yards and won their 29th straight opener, the longest streak in the nation.

Abdullah had 178 yards by halftime while becoming the eighth Nebraska player to go over 3,000 yards rushing in a career. Terrell Newby added 107 yards rushing.

Florida Atlantic, with first-year coach Charlie Partridge, was paid $1 million to visit Lincoln and will get another $1 million for playing at No. 2 Alabama next week. The Owls of Conference USA went 75 yards on their first series to tie it at 7, but they gained just 51 more before Nebraska's defense began freely substituting after the third quarter.

About the only negative for Nebraska was the loss of star defensive end Randy Gregory, who went out with a left leg injury in the first quarter and was in street clothes for the second half.

Abdullah's best run came in the second quarter when he broke through the line and sidestepped cornerback Cre'von LeBlanc on his way to a 47-yard touchdown. It was among his nine runs of 10 yards or longer.

Jay Warren led the Owls with 77 yards rushing, and Jaquez Johnson and Greg Hankerson combined to go 11 of 30 for 95 yards.

The Huskers were penalized six times for 60 yards in the first half, but that didn't stop them from scoring on their first five possessions. Armstrong finished the Huskers' opening, 86-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run, and he threw TD passes of 36 yards to Jordan Westerkamp and 8 yards to De'Mornay Pierson-El.

Westerkamp had seven catches for 125 yards and Kenny Bell four for 116 for the Huskers. Westerkamp made the catch of the game when he put his hands behind his back to snag a tipped pass along the sideline. The 16-yard play on a third-and-6 kept alive a drive that put the Huskers up 38-7.

Armstrong, who completed 15 of 29 passes, finished with 333 yards of total offense and was relieved by Ryker Fyfe late in the third quarter.

The game originally was billed the Pelini Bowl because it was to have matched Nebraska coach Bo Pelini against his brother, former FAU coach Carl Pelini. But Carl Pelini was forced out with four games left last season amid allegations of drug use, which Carl denied. Offensive coordinator Brian Wright led the Owls to four straight wins and a 6-6 finish as interim coach. Partridge retained Wright as offensive coordinator.

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Scoring Summary
NEBTommy Armstrong Jr. 5 yd run (Drew Brown kick)
FAULucky Whitehead 20 yd pass from Jaquez Johnson (Greg Joseph kick)
NEBJordan Westerkamp 36 yd pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Drew Brown kick)
NEBDrew Brown 44 yd FG
NEBAmeer Abdullah 47 yd run (Drew Brown kick)
NEBImani Cross 3 yd run (Drew Brown kick)
NEBTerrell Newby 2 yd run (Drew Brown kick)
NEBDe'Mornay Pierson-El 8 yd pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Drew Brown kick)
NEBMauro Bondi 45 yd FG
NEBTerrell Newby 1 yd run (Mauro Bondi kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1335
Third Down Efficiency4-158-12
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-0
Plays-Net Yards60-20092-784
Passing Yds95286
Kick Return Yds10514
Punt Return Yds019
Time of Poss.26:533:55
Individual Stats
FAU: Jay Warren 14-77, Jaquez Johnson 4-19, Henry Bussey 1-5, Greg Hankerson 6-4, Tony Moore 4-3, Lucky Whitehead 1--3
NEB: Ameer Abdullah 21-232, Terrell Newby 16-107, Tommy Armstrong Jr. 7-62, Jordan Nelson 5-32, Imani Cross 3-32, Ryker Fyfe 4-29, Graham Nabity 1-4
FAU: Greg Hankerson 5-18-34-0, Jaquez Johnson 6-12-61-0
NEB: Tommy Armstrong Jr. 15-29-271-0, Ryker Fyfe 1-4-9-0, Johnny Stanton 1-1-6-0, Team 0-1-0-0
FAU: Lucky Whitehead 5-40, Alex Deleon 2-18, Tony Moore 1-15, Michael Harrop 1-12, Derek Moise 1-10, Jaquez Johnson 1-0
NEB: Jordan Westerkamp 7-125, Kenny Bell 4-116, De'Mornay Pierson-El 2-14, Sam Cotton 1-10, Ameer Abdullah 1-9, Jamal Turner 1-9, Taariq Allen 1-3
Florida Atlantic6th Conference USA East2-63-9
Nebraska2nd Big Ten West6-39-4

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