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Nebraska fell to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play with its loss today. The loss snapped the Huskers' 16-game winning streak against Minnesota that dated back to 1960. The loss also snapped Nebraska's eight-game win streak in Big Ten regular-season games and NU's four-game conference road winning streak.
Nebraska senior quarterback Taylor Martinez made his first start since Sept. 14 against UCLA. Martinez completed 16-of-30 passes for 139 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Martinez rushed eight times for 16 yards, including a 35-yard run in the third quarter. Martinez increased his career rushing total to 2,975 yards, moving him within 25 yards of becoming the 16th quarterback in FBS history to rush for 3,000 career yards and just the third quarterback in Big Ten history to achieve that milestone.
Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 19 times for 165 yards, his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 12th of his career. With his 165 rushing yards, Abdullah increased his season rushing total to 981, which is the sixth-most rushing yards by a Husker player through seven games. Abdullah is just 19 yards from posting the 34th 1,000-yard rushing season in Nebraska history. Abdullah would be just the eighth player in Husker history to record back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Abdullah pushed his career rushing total to 2,268, moving him up six spots to 21st on the NU career rushing list. He is 125 yards from moving into the top 20 on the NU career rushing list.
Junior receiver Kenny Bell caught three passes for 45 yards, including a 42-yard reception on the Huskers' scoring drive to open the game. With his three catches today, Bell pushed his career receptions total to 109, moving him into fifth place on the NU career receptions list. Bell passed Todd Peterson (108 catches) in today's game to move into fifth place.
Senior receiver Quincy Enunwa had three receptions for 46 yards, and now has a streak of 21 straight games with a reception, the fourth-longest streak in NU history. With his 46 receiving yards, Enunwa increased his career yardage total to 1,173 moving him up three spots to 12th on the NU career receiving yardage list.
Senior place-kicker Pat Smith connected a season-long 45-yard field goal in the first quarter of today's game. Smith's career-long kick was a 46-yard field goal in 2012, while he was playing at Western Illinois. Smith added a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Nebraska redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp had a 19-yard punt return in the first quarter, a season-long punt return for Nebraska.
Nebraska redshirt freshman tight end Sam Cotton had a three-yard TD reception in the third quarter for his first career touchdown reception.
Sophomore I-back Imani Cross ran for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter for his team-high ninth touchdown of the season and the 16th of his career.
Nebraska failed to rush for 200 yards for just the fourth time since the start of the 2012 season and only the second time this season. The only other time Nebraska failed to rush for 200 yards this season came in a 41-21 loss to UCLA.