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Huskers Beat Northwestern 27-24 on Hail Mary

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LINCOLN - The Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 27-24 thanks to a 44-yard Hail Mary from Ron Kellogg III to Jordan Westerkamp.

Here are the postgame notes courtesy of Nebraska Athletics:

Nebraska vs. Northwestern, Nov. 2, 2013

Senior quarterback Ron Kellogg III's 49-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Jordan Westerkamp at the end of regulation is believed to be the first game-winning Hail Mary touchdown pass in Nebraska history. 

 

The game-winning score was the first touchdown reception of Westerkamp's career and capped a career-high 104-yard receiving day.

Kellogg finished the game 7-of-13 for 104 yards and one touchdown. Kellogg was 6-of-8 on the game-winning drive for 83 yards.

Nebraska improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in Big Ten Conference play with today's victory. Nebraska also improved to 5-2 all-time against Northwestern. The sixth victory of the season makes Nebraska eligible for its 50th all-time bowl appearance.  

The victory improved Nebraska to 5-1 at home in 2013, and ensured the Huskers of their 45th straight winning home season. Today's win also marked Nebraska's seventh straight Big Ten home victory since losing to Northwestern in 2011. Nebraska is 9-1 in Big Ten home games since joining the conference.

Nebraska trailed 21-7 in the second quarter of today's game before rallying for a victory. The rally from 14 points down marked the fifth time in the past two seasons Nebraska has rallied from a double-digit deficit to win a Big Ten game, including each of the last two seasons against Northwestern.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. made his fourth career start in today's game. Armstrong rushed 17 times for 69 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run to open the day's scoring. Armstrong's rushing attempts and yardage were both career highs.

Armstrong completed 15-of-29 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown in the game, including completing nine of his first 10 pass attempts. Armstrong's 173 passing yards were a career best, bettering his 169 passing yards against South Dakota State.

Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 24 times for 127 yards today to push his season rushing total to1,108. Abdullah is the first player to reach 1,000 yards in eight or fewer games since Ahman Green had 1,098 rushing yards through eight games in 1997.

Abdullah's 1,000-yard season is the 34th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history, and the second straight season Abdullah has rushed for 1,000 yards. Abdullah is the eighth player in Nebraska history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. Nebraska has had a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the past five seasons.

Abdullah's 127 rushing yards marked his seventh 100-yard rushing game in 2013 and his 13th career 100-yard rushing game.

Abdullah pushed his career rushing total to 2,395, moving him into the top 20 on the Nebraska career rushing list. He surpassed Marlon Lucky (2,393 yards) in today's game to move into the No. 20 position. Abdullah added three receptions for 31 yards-all on the game-winning drive, including a 16-yard catch and run to convert 4th-and15. Abdullah added two kicks returns for 39 yards to finish with 197 all-purpose yards.

Senior receiver Quincy Enunwa tied career-high six receptions for 67 yards, including a three-yard TD catch in the second quarter. Enunwa has caught six passes in four different games during his career, including last year at Northwestern.

Enunwa's touchdown reception was his eighth of the season tying him for fourth on the Nebraska single-season receptions list. Enunwa has 11 career touchdown receptions.

Enunwa has a streak of 22 straight games with a reception, the fourth-longest streak in NU history. With his 67 receiving yards, Enunwa increased his career yardage total to 1,240 moving him into the top 10 on the Nebraska career receiving yardage list.

Nebraska redshirt freshman receiver Alonzo Moore caught four passes for 43 yards, setting career bests in both categories.

Northwestern totaled 183 yards of total offense on 23 plays in taking a 21-7 lead in the second quarter. Following that score, the Nebraska defense allowed 143 yards on 45 plays the rest of the day.

Nebraska redshirt freshman defensive end Avery Moss intercepted a third-quarter pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown to tie the score at 21. Moss' interception was the first of his career and the third by a Nebraska defensive end this season.

Moss' interception return for a touchdown marked Nebraska's fourth pick for a touchdown this season. The school record for interception returns for a touchdown in a season is five in both 1971 and 1995.

Nebraska senior defensive back Ciante Evans recorded five tackles for loss in today's game, setting a season and career high. The five tackles for loss by Evans were the most for a Husker this season and the most by a Nebraska player since defensive end Eric Martin had five TFL for 16 yards last season against Idaho State. Evans previously had two tackles for loss twice in his career.

Nebraska recorded four sacks in today's game, marking the fifth time in the past six games Nebraska has recorded three or more sacks.

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.

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