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#ProBigRed: Huskers in Super Bowl LIII

By NU Athletic Communications

Super Bowl LIII marked the 26th consecutive year that a Husker participated in the Super Bowl and was also the fifth year in a row that the Super Bowl champion featured a former Husker.

Former Husker running back Rex Burkhead saw time in the backfield for the Patriots and helped the team rack up 407 total offensive yards with 253 yards through the air and 154 on the ground. Burkhead recorded seven rushes for 43 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. His longest rush of the day was 26-yards late in the fourth quarter. Burkhead's longest rush of the day helped New England drive down the field on their final scoring possession to make the score 13-3 with 1:12 left in the contest. He also recorded two receptions for 15 yards. Burkhead saw action in 26 percent of the Patriot offensive plays and also participated in 67 percent of the team's special team opportunities.

Ndamukong Suh, a former Blackshirt, also saw action in the contest and was on the opposing team. Suh started at nose tackle for the Rams and contributed two tackles and a quarterback hurry. He appeared in 92 percent of the Rams' defensive opportunities and was also in for six special team snaps.

With the Super Bowl appearances by Burkhead and Suh, Nebraska has now had 62 former Huskers make a total of 80 appearances in the Super Bowl dating back to Super Bowl II, following the 1967 season.

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HUSKERS IN THE AFC

AFC EAST
   
 

New England Patriots (W, 13-3 vs. Rams)
RB Rex Burkhead: Recorded seven rushes for 43 yards and averaged 6.1 yards per carry. His longest rush of the day was 26-yards late in the fourth quarter. He also recorded two receptions for 15 yards. Burkhead saw action in 26 percent of the team's offensive plays and also participated in 67 percent of the special team opportunities.

HUSKERS IN THE NFC

NFC WEST
   

Los Angeles Rams (L, 13-3 vs. Patriots)
DT Ndamukong Suh: Started at nose tackle and contributed two tackles and a quarterback hurry. He played in 92 percent of the team's defensive opportunities and was also in for six special team snaps.

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