(AP) Nebraska coach Bo Pelini returned to work Sunday, a day after he was taken to a hospital during the Cornhuskers’ game against Arkansas State. Pelini was taken by ambulance to a Lincoln hospital after halftime for precautionary tests.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini left the stadium in an ambulance at halftime of the Cornhuskers’ 42-13 victory against Arkansas State on Saturday. Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Bell for Nebraska (2-1), and Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 167 yards and two scores, filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.
With Nebraska coach Bo Pelini out of the game with an apparent illness, Nebraska now leads 28-13. The Cornhuskers rushed for 87 yards in the quarter. The Cornhuskers held Arkansas State to 14 total yards in the quarter. The Red Wolves are currently on a 10-point run.
Earlier, the Associated Press reported that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini left Saturday’s game against Arkansas State by ambulance after falling ill on the sideline in the first half. A member of the Nebraska medical staff was seen checking Pelini’s pulse in the first half, but he continued on the sideline until halftime. Pelini didn’t come out with the team for the third quarter.
Nebraska gained 98 yards on the ground in the second, and the Cornhuskers now lead 28-3. A 59-yard drive that ended when Brian Davis drilled a 31-yard field goal helped Arkansas State narrow the deficit to 14-3.
Ameer Abdullah led No. 24 Nebraska in the quarter. He ran for 19 yards and one touchdown and caught one pass for 26 yards, and the Cornhuskers lead 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Cornhuskers took the game’s first lead after Abdullah pounded in a one-yard touchdown run on the last play of a nine-play, 51-yard drive. Nebraska threw just two times on that drive.
Every week, I rank the Big Ten’s slate of games. Where does your team’s Week 3 game fall on my list? Find out in this post. Remember, on gameday, BTN.com editors provide Rapid Recaps with quarterly updates from every game. And at the end of each game, I post my Saturday Snap Reactions.
Wow. Last week didn’t go so well. It was a not a pretty scene, as we sat, mouths agape, in the BTN green room and watched the Big Ten Conference suffer through a difficult Saturday. And that wasn’t just because Gerry DiNardo was drooling. Sorry, too easy. Not true. Though he did pull out his ubiquitous hankie a few times.
Week 2 was a rough one. Not only did the Big Ten lose six non-conference games for the first time since 2000, it went 1-6 against BCS teams. Of the half-dozen teams that lost, which enters Week 3 with the most sense of urgency? BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart and BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina debate that topic in this post.
Another Saturday looms. And, I still have questions. For example, can the Iowa offense finally get started? Here are my most pressing queries for each Big Ten team entering Week 3. Read all of my Big Ten coverage here and don’t forget to send any of your questions my way for my weekly Big Ten Mailbag.
Every week, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offer their predictions for each Big Ten football game. We also provide a poll for all of the games so fans can vote for their winners. After two weeks, it’s Tom and BTN.com fans on top, at 19-5, while Brent is in the cellar, at 17-7. See our Week 3 predictions and choose your winners in this post.
While the Big Ten took its lumps last week in going 6-6, it has a great chance to get healthy this Saturday with a collection of games against largely inferior foes that all will take place in Big Ten venues. Without a doubt, the marquee matchup is Notre Dame at Michigan State. And Cal at Ohio State could be decent. After that, it’s a mixed lot.