August 22, 2014

Big win in the Big House for Huskers

Ameer Abdullah’s five-yard touchdown finish off a forward pitch from Tommy Armstrong Jr. capped a 75-yard drive that took more than six minutes. Abdullah’s second touchdown of the game gave the Nebraska Cornhuskers a 17-13 lead, and the Blackshirts made it hold up, after defensive end Randy Gregory made a key third-down tackle of Devin Gardner in the Michigan backfield and defensive back Josh Mitchell helped break up Gardner’s fourth-down pass with a minute left to preserve the win.

The defense rebounded well after a tough performance against Minnesota. The Huskers finished with 15 tackles for loss and a season-high seven sacks. Nebraska’s 15 TFLs went for 57 yards in losses.

Abdullah had 105 yards on 27 carries for his eighth 100-yard rushing performance of the season. He also pushed his way past 1,200 yards on the year. Armstrong, who finished the day 11-for-19 for 139 yards through the air, came up big late in the game on that scoring drive, going 5-for-7 for 59 yards.

Scoring recap:

First Quarter 

NEB – 8:09 – Pat Smith 21 FG, 9 plays, 44 yards, 3:16, NEB 3-0

NEB – 2:50 – Ameer Abdullah 8 run (Smith kick), 8 plays, 56 yards, 3:00, NEB 10-0

Second Quarter 

MICH – 11:47 – Brendan Gibbons 27 FG – 13 plays, 66 yards, 6:03, NEB 10-3

Third Quarter

MICH – 9:56 – Devin Funchess 5 pass from Devin Gardner (Gibbons kick) – 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:04, 10-10

Fourth Quarter

MICH – 8:08 – Gibbons 40 FG – 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:55, MICH 13-10

NEB – 2:03 – Abdullah 5 pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. (Smith kick) – 14 plays, 75 yards, 6:05, NEB 17-13