There have been times in the past when Nebraska has won football games and Bo Pelini didn’t offer a lot of positive feedback, but the 42-29 win over Fresno State showed that while there is still work to be done, this team hung together in all three phases when things could have gotten really bad. The defense came up big in the second quarter, the offense made some adjustments in the second half and coverage teams got better.
Then there was the freshman Ameer Abdullah got plenty of chances to return kickoffs, and his 100-yard return for a touchdown helped him break the school record for kickoff return yards in a game with 211, wiping out the old record of 186 set by Josh Davis at Kansas State in 2002. Pelini said it’s pretty simple why he trusts a freshman returning kicks.
After the win the Husker remain 10th in both the AP and Coaches Top 25 poll.