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Nebraska vs. Purdue: Huskers Shut Down Boilermakers 44-7

Joe Robbins

Your Nebraska Cornhuskers walked into West Lafayette on Saturday morning and defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 44-7 in front of an announced crowd of 47,023 in Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Huskers (5-1, 2-0 in B1G), led by Ameer Abdullah and his 126 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown, shut out Purdue (1-5, 0-2) for nearly 59 minutes until Purdue QB Danny Etling hit DeAngelo Yancey for a 55 yard touchdown on the Boiler's final offensive play of the game.

Nebraska held the Purdue offense to 216 total yards on offense and 3-14 on third down conversions.

On offense, the best passer of the game for Nebraska was Ron Kellogg III, who went 10/13 for 141 yards and 1 touchdown. Tommy Armstrong Jr, starting his third straight game in place of an injured Taylor Martinez, went 6/18 for 43 yards and 3 interceptions.

Along with Abdullah, Imani Cross (16-56-2TD's) and Terrell Newby (10-61) paced the Husker rushing attack to a total of 251 yards rushing. Combined with the 184 yards of passing, and Nebraska totaled 435 yards on the day offensively.

Defensively, Nebraska got into the scoring act as Husker Defensive End Randy Gregory (a former Purdue commit) sacked Etling in the end zone in the second quarter for a safety.

The only other dim spot for the Husker D outside the long pass play at the end of the game was the ejection of Stanley-Jean Baptiste, who was flagged and disqualified for a questionable hit against Purdue RB Dalyn Dawkins.

The Huskers are off before going back on the road to take on Minnesota on October 26th. Purdue also heads on the road for their next game, as they visit Michigan State next Saturday.