Scores

Final

Illinois 19

(3-2, 0-1 Big Ten)

Nebraska 39

(4-1, 1-0 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPNU

12:00 PM ET, October 5, 2013

Memorial Stadium, LINCOLN, NE

1 2 3 4 T
ILL 0 5 7 719
NEB 14 9 13 339

Top Performers

Passing: T. Armstrong Jr. (NEB) - 135 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Abdullah (NEB) - 20 CAR, 225 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: Q. Enunwa (NEB) - 4 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Ameer Abdullah rushes for 225 yards as Huskers turn back Illini

Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILL
NEB
1st Downs2424
Total Yards372521
Passing177186
Rushing195335
Penalties3-388-71
3rd Down Conversions4-156-12
4th Down Conversions2-40-1
Turnovers21
Possession32:5427:06

Passing Leaders

IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scheelhaase13/261355.201
NebraskaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Armstrong Jr.8/1313510.420

Rushing Leaders

IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson191146.0123
Young15614.1121
NebraskaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Abdullah2022511.3243
Cross15765.1128

Receiving Leaders

IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ferguson88210.3027
Davis34515.0016
NebraskaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Enunwa48020.0131
Bell46516.3137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILLNEB
TD11:06Ameer Abdullah 2 Yd Run (Pat Smith Kick)
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07
TD05:53Quincy Enunwa 4 Yd Pass From Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Pat Smith Kick)
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014
SECOND QUARTERILLNEB
FG13:04Pat Smith 27 Yd
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017
FG07:50Taylor Zalewski 38 Yd
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317
TD04:18Imani Cross 2 Yd Run (Pat Failed)
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323
SF01:44Imani Cross Tackled By Houston Bates In End Zone
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523
THIRD QUARTERILLNEB
TD12:58Ameer Abdullah 43 Yd Run (Mauro Bondi Kick)
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530
TD05:54Donovonn Young 1 Yd Run (Taylor Zalewski Kick)
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1230
TD02:44Kenny Bell 37 Yd Pass From Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Pat Failed)
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1236
FOURTH QUARTERILLNEB
FG05:16Pat Smith 32 Yd
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1239
TD00:57Josh Ferguson 1 Yd Run (Taylor Zalewski Kick)
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1939