Huskers Fall to No. 10 Michigan State 27-22
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Notes Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
EAST LANSING, Mich. – No. 19 Nebraska fell short in a fourth-quarter comeback Saturday to No. 10 Michigan State. Here are some post-game notes courtesy of Nebraska Athletics:
4 Nebraska dropped to 5-1 with tonight’s loss, ending a six-game overall win streak. The loss was the Huskers’ second straight to Michigan State and the first time the Spartans have defeated Nebraska in three meetings in East Lansing.
4 Nebraska dropped to 1-3 in Big Ten road openers and dropped to 8-5 overall in Big Ten Conference road games. The Huskers lost for the ninth straight time on the road against a top-10 opponent.
4 After outscoring Michigan State 19-0 in the fourth quarter, Nebraska lost by just five points. The five-point loss snapped the Huskers’ nation-leading 10-game win streak in games decided by seven or fewer points.
4 NU, which trailed 27-3 early in the fourth quarter, nearly completed the largest overall comeback (21 points) and largest fourth-quarter comeback (12) in school history. Nebraska drove to the Michigan State 37-yard line in the final minute before Michigan State sealed the win with an interception at its 20-yard line with 30 seconds remaining.
4 Nebraska senior I-back Ameer Abdullah rushed 24 times for 45 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Abdullah increased his career rushing total to 3,855 yards, moving him within 25 yards of Ahman Green for second place on Nebraska’s all-time rushing chart.
4 With his 24 carries in tonight’s game Abdullah increased his career rushing attempts total to 687, setting a Nebraska record for career carries. The previous record of 668 carries was held by Mike Rozier (1981-83).
4 In addition to his 45 rushing yards, Abdullah had 22 receiving yards and 48 yards on kickoff returns, giving him 115 all-purpose yards. With his 115 all-purpose yards tonight, Abdullah became the seventh player in Big Ten history with more than 6,000 career all-purpose yards. Abdullah now has 6,089 career all-purpose yards to rank sixth in Big Ten history, passing Michigan’s Anthony Thomas (6,000 yards).
4 Abdullah was limited to 67 yards from scrimmage, ending a nation-leading streak of 18 straight games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage.
4 Sophomore Jordan Westerkamp recorded career highs of nine catches and 158 receiving yards. His nine receptions tied for eighth in Nebraska history and were the most by a Husker since Kenny Bell had nine catches against Minnesota in 2012. Westerkamp’s 158 receiving yards tied Maurice Purify (2007 at Kansas) for the fifth-highest total in school history.
4 In recording his second 100-yard receiving game of the season, Westerkamp eclipsed his previous career highs of seven receptions for 125 yards in the 2014 season opener against Florida Atlantic.
4 Freshman De’Mornay Pierson-El returned a fourth-quarter punt 62 yards for a touchdown, marking his second career punt return for a touchdown (also an 86-yard punt return at Fresno State. Pierson-El had two punt returns for 95 yards against the Spartans, increasing his season total to 19 returns for 334 yards. His 334 punt returns yard rank as the eighth-highest single-season total in Nebraska history.
4 Nebraska sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. lost for just the second time as Nebraska’s starter, dropping to 12-2 in his career. Both of Armstrong’s losses have come against Michigan State. Armstrong Jr. set career highs with 20 completions and 273 passing yards in a losing effort.
4 Nebraska junior defensive end Randy Gregory had a first-quarter interception marking his first interception of the season and the second of his career. Gregory had an interception last season against South Dakota State.
4 Senior linebacker Trevor Roach finished with a career-high 18 tackles, bettering his seven tackles against Tennessee-Chattanooga in the 2011 season opener. Roach also had four tackles for loss for nine yards.
4 Senior receiver Kenny Bell caught three passes before leaving with an injury. Bell has 156 career receptions, 10 shy of the Nebraska career record of 166 by Nate Swift.
4 Sophomore receiver Alonzo Moore hauled in a career-long 43-yard reception to give Nebraska a chance to complete the comeback in the final minute. Moore’s only reception of the game was the longest of his career and helped him set a career high with 43 receiving yards.
4 Nebraska forced three takeaways, marking the third straight game the Huskers have had three takeaways. Nebraska had just one takeaway in the season’s first three games.
4 Nebraska scored 22 points in tonight’s game, ending a streak of five straight games with more than 30 points to open the season. Nebraska was shut out in the first half for the first time since trailing 9-0 at the half at Missouri in 2009.
4 The Huskers rushed for a season-low 47 yards, their fewest since rushing for 31 yards against USC in 2007.