The Nebraska Cornhuskers moved to (7-1, 3-1) after their victory over Rutgers on Saturday afternoon. The 42-24 win gave the Huskers a tie for the Big 10 East lead, with Minnesota losing to Illinois.
Ameer Abdullah paced Nebraska with 225 rushing yards on 19 carries. Abdullah averaged 11.8 yards per carry, while scoring on touchdown runs of 53, 48, and 23yards. Ameer Abdullah made some dazzling cuts into the open field against an overmatched Scarlet Knights’ defense.
Tommy Armstrong had some nice moments throwing the ball. He finished the game 14/22 for 163 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Tommy Armstrong Jr. got the Huskers going early with a 16 yard touchdown run. His zone read score was only a sign of things to come for Nebraska on the day. Nebraska had plenty of wide open lanes whenever they dialed up the run.
Although the Cornhuskers’ defense brought heat all day long, they were gashed by a few big plays throughout the day. The first one came on a third down play late in the first quarter. Gary Nova scrambled to right and hit Leonte Caroo for 71 yard catch and run touchdown.
In the second quarter, Abdullah went to work on the Rutgers’ defense. First Abdullah hit big with 53 yard touchdown run that had the Rutgers’ defender on skates. Three minutes later, Abdullah dashed to the left for a 48 yard touchdown that gave Nebraska a 21-7 lead.
Nebraska took the 14 point lead into halftime, but they had a chance to blow the game open. On the ensuing possession, Nebraska tried to really get the passing game going, but it stymied the offensive production, and gave Rutgers an opportunity to stay in the game.
With Rutgers trailing by 14 and time running out in the first half, the Scarlet Knights took a chance to score. They were deep in their own territory, but made a third down play to get some breathing room. However, on the next play Gary Nova avoided a sack, yet sustained a knee injury. Nova tried to warm up at halftime but he wasn’t able to go.
Nebraska held Rutgers to 348 total yards. The Huskers put up 455 yards of offense, and averaged 7.2 yards per play. Jordan Westerkamp and Sam Cotton each caught one touchdown apiece for the Cornhuskers. Kenny Bell led Nebraska with six catches for 63 yards.
Rutgers dropped to (5-3, 1-3) in the Big 10. Nova finished 8/19 passing for 156 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His replacement Chris Laviano completed 4/7 passes for 49 yards.
Nebraska faces Purdue next Saturday. Rutgers goes back home to play Wisconsin.