Game Notes: Nebraska vs. Purdue
Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
Today's victory improved Nebraska to 5-1 on the season and 2-0 in Big Ten Conference play. This marks the third time in four seasons Nebraska has been 5-1 through six games. Nebraska's 2-0 Big Ten start is its first 2-0 start in conference play since beginning 3-0 in the 2006 Big 12 slate.
Nebraska evened its record in road openers under Bo Pelini at 3-3 and also moved to 3-3 in conference road openers under Pelini's leadership.
Nebraska won for the fourth straight time in a Big Ten regular-season road game. The Huskers now own a 15-6 record in road conference games under Pelini, with those 15 victories coming in 13 different stadiums.
Nebraska limited Purdue to seven points, 11 first downs and 216 total yards, all marking season lows. The previous lows were 13 points, 16 first downs and 284 total yards, all against Southern Miss.
Junior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 20 times for 126 yards and one touchdown in today's game. With his 126 rushing yards in today's game, Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 2,103 and became the 28th player in Nebraska history to rush for 2,000 career yards. Abdullah is the 12th player to reach 2,000 yards before the end of their junior year.
The 100-yard rushing day marks Abdullah's fifth 100-yard rushing game of the 2013 season and the 11th of his Nebraska career.
Abdullah had a 33-yard run on the final play of the third quarter, marking his seventh run of at least 30 yards this season.
Senior receiver Quincy Enunwa had four receptions for 72 yards, including an eight-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter. Enunwa now has a streak of 20 straight games with a reception, tying for the fourth-longest streak in school history. Enunwa's touchdown catch was his seventh of the season, tying him for ninth on the NU single-season TD receptions list. Enunwa has 10 career TD receptions.
Enunwa increased his career receiving yardage total to 1,127 yards, moving him up seven spots to 14th on the NU career receiving list.
Sophomore I-back Imani Cross rushed 16 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the game, marking his third game this season with two rushing touchdowns and the fifth time in his career he has had a pair of rushing touchdowns. Cross has now rushed for a team-high eight touchdowns this season and 15 in his career. Cross' 56 yards marked his third straight game with 50 or more rushing yards.
Redshirt freshman receiver Jordan Westerkamp caught a career-high three passes for a career-high 53 yards in today's game. Westerkamp had two first-half receptions of 20 yards or more, each converting third-down attempts for the Huskers.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. had a three-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, his first career rushing touchdown. Armstrong's touchdown run was the first by a Nebraska quarterback this season.
Nebraska rushed for 251 yards, marking the 17th time in 20 games since the start of the 2012 season that NU has rushed for at least 200 yards.
Nebraska has scored 30 or more points in 15 of its past 20 games since the start of 2012, including five of six games this season.
Nebraska recorded a safety in the third quarter on a 17-yard sack by Randy Gregory. The safety was the first by Nebraska since the fourth quarter last season against Penn State (Cameron Meredith sack). Gregory finished the day with two tackles, including 2.0 sacks, a fumble recovery and added a QB hurry.
Nebraska totaled five sacks for 50 yards on the game, marking Nebraska's fourth straight game with at least three sacks. The five sacks tied the Huskers' season high, while the 50 yards lost marked a season high.
Redshirt freshman safety LeRoy Alexander intercepted a first-quarter pass for the first interception of his career.
Nebraska has intercepted 12 passes in six games this season, after recording 13 interceptions in 14 games last season.
Nebraska forced two Purdue turnovers, and those takeaways resulted in seven Husker points. Overall, Nebraska has forced 14 turnovers this season and turned those 14 turnovers into 69 points.
Nebraska converted 11-of-21 third-down attempts into first downs, while limiting Purdue to 3-of-14 on third-down conversions.
Junior receiver Kenny Bell caught two passes for 29 yards. With his 29 receiving yards today, Bell pushed his career total to 1,628 yards, moving him past Todd Peterson (1,602 yards) into fourth place on the NU career receiving yardage list. Bell increased his career receptions total to 106, moving him within two catches of Peterson (108 receptions) for fifth place on the NU career receptions list.