Illinois Falls to Nebraska in Big Ten Opener, 39-19


Nebraska 39, Illinois 19
Sat. October 5, 2013  Memorial Stadium  Lincoln, Neb.
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Illinois (3-2, 0-1)057719
Nebraska (4-1, 1-0)14913339
Highlights | HC Beckman
OC Cubit | DC Banks
QB Scheelhaase | RB Ferguson | LB Brown
Illinois Top Performers
 Nathan Scheelhaase: 13/26, 134 yards
 Josh Ferguson: 19 car/8 rec, 197 yards, 1 TD
 Donovonn Young: 15 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD
 Jonathan Brown: 13 TKLs, 5 solo, 4 TFLs
LINCOLN, Neb. - Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns and Nebraska's maligned defense was much improved in a 39-19 victory over Illinois on Saturday.

Tommy Armstrong, starting his second straight game in place of injured quarterback Taylor Martinez, led the Cornhuskers (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten) to touchdowns on his first three series and was solid throughout.

Armstrong was 8 of 13 for 135 yards.

Just as big as Armstrong's performance was that of Nebraska's defense, which had been one of the nation's worst through four games.

Illinois (3-2, 0-1), which came in averaging 40 points a game, didn't score its first touchdown until the middle of the third quarter. Twice when the Illini looked as if they would make a game of it, the Huskers made big stops.

Josh Ferguson led the Illini with 114 yards on 19 carries and another 82 yards on eight catches.