Nebraska Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications

Nebraska Postgame Notes
Nebraska vs. Michigan State, Nov. 16, 2013

- Michigan State’s victory over Nebraska marked the Spartans’ first-ever win in the series. Nebraska holds a 7-1 all-time edge in the series. Today’s loss ended Nebraska’s streak of seven straight wins in the month of November, and dropped Nebraska to 18-5 in November games under Bo Pelini.

The loss ended a streak of seven straight wins in Big Ten home games for Nebraska and dropped the Huskers to 9-2 in Big Ten home games since joining the league in 2011. The loss was also just the second loss in Nebraska’s past 12 Big Ten Conference games.

Nebraska lost its second straight home game against a ranked opponent (UCLA) after winning its four previous games at Memorial Stadium against ranked teams.

As a team, Nebraska rushed for 182 yards on 32 carries against the Spartans, becoming the first team to rush for more than 100 yards against Michigan State since NU ran for 313 yards on 40 carries last season in East Lansing. Nebraska had two of the three longest runs of the season against Michigan State, a 51-yard TD run by Imani Cross and a 29-yard run by Ameer Abdullah.

- Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 22 times for 123 yards today. The 123 rushing yards by Abdullah were the most against Michigan State’s top-ranked rush defense in 2013. Abdullah is the first runner to top the century mark against Michigan State since 2012 when Abdullah rushed for 110 yards against the Spartans and quarterback Taylor Martinez had 205 yards rushing against the MSU defense.

 - With his 123 rushing yards today, Abdullah pushed his season rushing total to 1,336 good for ninth place on the NU single-season rushing list. Abdullah’s rushing total is the sixth-most yards for a Nebraska player through 10 games.

Abdullah rushed for 100 yards for the ninth time in 10 games in 2013 and the 15th time in his career. The nine 100-yard rushing games ties for the fourth-most in a season in Nebraska history.  The 15 career 100-yard rushing games are tied for fifth in school history. Abdullah’s seven straight 100-yard rushing games is tied for the fifth-longest streak in school history. 

 - Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 2,623 and moved up two spots to 14th on the NU career rushing list. In today’s game, Abdullah passed Correll Buckhalter (2,522) and Jammal Lord (2,573). Abdullah has moved within 154 yards of the top 10 on the Nebraska career rushing list. 

 - Sophomore I-back Imani Cross had a 51-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to cut the Michigan State lead to 20-14. The 51-yard run was the longest of Cross’ career, bettering a 44-yard run last season against Arkansas State. The TD run was Cross’ team-leading 10th of the season and the 17th of his career.

- Nebraska senior defensive back Ciante Evans had an eight-yard sack in the second quarter, his 10th tackle for loss of the season. He added a TFL later in the game to give him 11 TFL on the season, the most ever by a Nebraska defensive back, suprassing the previous record of nine TFL by cornerback Al Larson in 1969. All 11 of Evans’ TFL have come in Big Ten Conference play. Evans finished the game tied with four other Huskers for the team lead with eight tackles.

Nebraska sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory recorded a nine-yard sack in the second quarter, pushing his season total to a Big Ten leading 8.5 sacks, with eight of those coming in Big Ten Conference games. Gregory finished the game with eight tackles and four quarterback hurries.


- Junior receiver Kenny Bell caught seven passes for 81 yards in today’s game, including a 38-yard touchdown in the third quarter. With his 81 receiving yards in today’s game, Bell increased his career receiving yardage total to 1790 to move into third place on the Husker career receiving yardage list. Bell passed Terrence Nunn’s total of 1,762 yards in today’s game.

- Bell’s 38-yard TD reception was his fourth of the season and the 15th of his Nebraska career. Bell’s 15 career TD receptions are tied for fourth in Nebraska history. Each of his last 13 touchdown receptions have covered at least 20 yards.

- Nebraska sophomore receiver Sam Burtch caught five passes for 86 yards, including a career-long 32-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Burtch had 58 yards receiving on the scoring drive, also adding a 26-yard catch. Burtch’s previous career high for receiving yards was 26 yards (one catch, TD) against Southern Miss.  

Michigan State converted 11-of-21 first down attempts in today’s game, including 6-of-11 in the first half. The Huskers entered the game ranked third nationally in third-down defense at 27.1 percent.

- Nebraska’s five turnovers all occurred inside its own territory including three inside its own 22-yard line. Nebraska has committed eight turnovers inside its own territory in the past nine quarters.


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