Published Saturday, October 20, 2012 AT 7:14 PM / Updated at 9:08 PM
Game Replay: Nebraska 29, Northwestern 28
Dirk Chatelain Omaha World-Herald

Noticed: Kenny Bell making plays all over the field — and not just at receiver. Bell raced downfield on punt coverage in the second quarter and kept Brett Maher’s punt out of the end zone, batting it back to the 3-yard line.

Peculiar Play: Venric Mark tried to scoop up a bouncing punt in the first quarter, but he fumbled it and Nebraska recovered inside the Northwestern 15-yard line. One problem: Officials flagged Daimion Stafford for a personal foul — he shoved a Wildcat in the back running down the field. It forced NU to punt again, eventually giving Northwestern the ball at the Husker 42.

Questionable Call: On third-and-8 at Nebraska’s 3-yard line, Tim Beck called a play-action rollout. Unfortunately, Northwestern didn’t bite and Taylor Martinez narrowly avoided a safety by flipping the ball in the direction of a receiver.

Questionable Call II: After Nebraska scored late in the third quarter to make it 21-16, Bo Pelini decided to go for two. Yes, it would’ve cut the lead to a field goal, but there was too much time. It almost cost the Huskers.

Rave Review: Ameer Abdullah’s balance. The sophomore I-back made two consecutive highlight runs in the third quarter, eluding tacklers each time. The Huskers need Rex Burkhead, but it’s hard to ask for a better backup. Abdullah finished with 101 yards on 19 carries.

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