Nebraska 39, Illinois 19—Final
From the very start, Nebraska imposed its will on Illinois in front of a sold-out crowd at Memorial Stadium, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back.
In a matchup of two teams which were 3-1 entering Week 6, Nebraska had the upper hand all game long, despite the absence of senior quarterback Taylor Martinez, who was sidelined with a turf-toe injury. Instead, it was Tommy Armstrong and Ron Kellogg III splitting the quarterback duties.
But the spotlight belonged to Ameer Abdullah.
The junior tailback had a career day, rushing 20 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns as the Cornhuskers simply had their way with the Illinois front seven. Wide receiver Kenny Bell will also make headlines for his highlight-reel one-handed grab, which resulted in a touchdown to help put the game away.
It was a complete game for the Cornhuskers, a team in desperate need of putting it all together from start to finish. For Illinois, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase sure didn't look like the Big Ten's leading passer, as he only completed 50 percent of his passes, for 134 yards on the day.
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