FOURTH QUARTER: Ameer Abdullah put the team on his back in No. 24 Nebraska’s 42-13 win over Arkansas State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, rushing for 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The Cornhuskers almost threw away the game, as they committed four turnovers. However, Nebraska was able to pull out the victory in the end, helped in part by 533 total yards on offense.
The Cornhuskers’ offense dominated, ripping off huge chunks of yardage. Nebraska had eight plays of 20 yards or more on its way to victory. With 10:01 to go in the third quarter, Abdullah ran 45 yards for the Cornhuskers’ biggest gain of the game. Despite the highlight, Nebraska failed to score on that drive, which stalled at the Red Wolves’ 14-yard line.
The Cornhuskers’ Taylor Martinez passed for 179 yards, completing 13 of 14 throws. He threw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Martinez was also a threat on the ground, as he rushed for 61 yards and one touchdown on 11 attempts.
Arkansas State finished with 283 total yards, including 140 yards passing while completing 18 of 34 attempts. The Red Wolves’ running game proved effective, netting 143 yards on 35 rushes.
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