Ameer Abdullah proved in 2012 that he was a running back the Nebraska Cornhuskers can rely on. Today he let the nation know that he can break tackles and turn on the afterburners on his way to the end-zone. Abdullah rushed for a personal best 225 yards on just 20 carries in the Huskers 39-19 win over the Illini, and almost single handily broke the back of their defense.
It was obvious early in the game that Nebraska wanted to establish Abdullah and a rushing attack. The team quickly drove down field on their opening drive and Abdullah scored on a two yard run.
Abdullah’s most impressive dash was a 43 yard score that showcased a few NFL like moves along the way. Abdullah made it look easy at times, running through tackles with a reckless abandon and shredding linebackers and defensive backs. He finished the game averaging 11.3 yards per carry.
Nebraska will likely rely on him more in the coming weeks as the Huskers face stiffer competition in November. With the status of quarterback Taylor Martinez still unknown for next week at Purdue, the team might look for Abdullah to continue to carry the load for Tim Beck’s offense. As he always does, Abdullah will welcome the challenge.