Behind a strong ground game and an opportunistic defense, 22nd-ranked Nebraska moved to 4-0 on the season after a 41-31 win over Miami on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
Heisman Trophy candidate Ameer Abdullah was spectacular again, with 35 carries for 229 yards and three total touchdowns to help the Huskers wear down the Miami defense in the second half. On the night, the Nebraska offense ran for a total of 343 yards as it kept Miami at arms length just long enough to deliver the knockout punch in the fourth quarter. However, it was a defensive touchdown from Josh Mitchell that seemed to turn momentum in Nebraska’s favor.
Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson appeared to have a first down near midfield with just over two minutes to play in the third quarter with Miami trailing 24-21. However, Nebraska linebacker Trevor Roach forced Johnson to fumble, which was scooped up by Mitchell and taken 57 yards into the end zone for a game-changing touchdown. Nebraska’s defense also forced two interceptions from Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, including one deep in Nebraska territory in the first quarter.
The win moves the Huskers to 4-0 on the season, completing their first perfect non-conference season since 2011 and just their second since 2005. Nebraska begins Big Ten conference play next Saturday at home against Illinois, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. The loss drops Miami to 2-2–the Hurricanes open Atlantic Coast Conference play next week against Duke.
More to come from Lincoln…