By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Abdullah rushed for a career high 167 yards in NU's 42-13 win over Arkansas State.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) -
Nebraska was without Rex Burkhead for the second straight game in the Huskers 42-13 win over Arkansas State.
The Huskers have plenty of depth at the running back position.
One of the guys next in line behind Burkhead is sophomore Ameer Abdullah.
He filled in nicely for the ailing Heisman hopeful, carrying the ball 30-times for a career high 167 yards and two touchdowns.
Nebraska ran the ball on 59 of their 73 offensive plays, racking up 347 rush yards.
It's the first time since 2010 the Big Red have run for at least 250 yards in three straight games.
"Even without Rex. We have Ameer, Braylon, Imani just to name a few," lineman Jeremiah Sirles said after the win. "We've got some horses back there and we're going to feed the rock a lot. If we do our job up front, we know they can make plays."
"I feel like I could have carried the ball more,"Abdullah said. "I didn't realize I had 30 carries until somebody told me after the game, you know. But, I feel like we persevered through adversity and I feel like that's a good progression for this team."
There are no new health updates for Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini. The 44-year old left Saturday's game at halftime and was taken to the hospital after falling ill.
He was released from the hospital Saturday evening, and said he planned on returning to work Sunday.
The Huskers battle Idaho State next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and can be seen on the Big Ten Network.
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