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Husker Football: Nebraska Plucks Florida Atlantic Owls 55-7

The Big Red rang in the 2014 season in a big way on Saturday. The Husker football team took the field at Memorial Stadium against the Owls of Florida Atlantic and definitely impressed, dismissing the Owls back to Boca Raton by a score of 55-7

The game began with a beautiful offensive drive by the Huskers. Sophomore quarterback Tommie Armstrong, Jr. led Nebraska down the field on a 13-play, 86-yard drive that lasted a total of 5 minutes and 41 seconds.

The biggest plays on this drive included a pass to wide receiver Kenny Bell for 29 yards and 29-yard dash by running back Imani Cross Big Red in a first and goal situation.

Armstrong eventually ran in for the first score of the game and Memorial Stadium erupted (along with some fireworks).

After FAU went down the field and scored, it looked like this game could be a little more nerve-wracking for Nebraska than fans thought.

The Blackshirts got their act together immediately and didn’t allow another score for the remainder of the game. Other scoring drives for the Huskers consisted of a 36-yard pass to Jordan Westerkamp, which tilted the scoreboard in the Huskers direction at 14-7 .

True freshman kicker Drew Brown knocked a 44-yard field goal through to make it a 10 point game at the beginning of the second quarter at 17-7.

Ameer Abdullah had an impressive 47-yard bolt down Tom Osborne Field for six points in the second quarter.

Play of the Game Jordan Westerkamp gets the honor for the first game of the season for an amazing behind-the-back grab that’s an early contender for Catch of the Year.

Game MVP

There weren’t really any individual weak links in today’s game, but I would give the MVP to Ameer Abdullah. He had 21 carries for 232 yards and a touchdown, becoming just the eighth Husker in history to cross the 3,000-yard career rushing mark.

He now has 3,209 yards which puts him at No. 6 on the Nebraska all-time rushing yardage list.

Other Notes

  • Randy Gregory left the game early on, though he seemed to be okay once returning in street clothes.
  • Backup quarterbacks Ryker Fyfe and Johnny Stanton both made appearances in the second half of the game. Fyfe only went 1-for-4 for 9 yards, but he rushed for 29 yards. Stanton completed the one pass he attempted for six yards.
  • Both kickers had opportunities today and performed well, Brown with the aforementioned field goal and Mauro Bondi with a 45-yarder. Brown kicked six extra points while Bondi made one.

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