World-Herald correspondent Steve Beideck takes a look at some of the key moments that helped shape NU’s 39-19 win over Illinois.
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Nebraska taking too much time to get its defense on the field in the fourth quarter. Three times the Huskers were whistled for 5-yard substitution infractions, but the first was the strangest because only a couple of Huskers were even in position when the ball was snapped; most were still running onto the field.
What was that?
On a first-quarter run around left end, NU I-back Imani Cross was dragged to the turf from behind by Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown. To almost every Husker fan, it looked as though Brown had made a horse-collar tackle. Replays seemed to confirm that, but no call was made.
Ameer Abdullah’s 43-yard zigzag TD run at the beginning of the third quarter. Abdullah bounced to the right, shed an attempted tackle by linebacker Mason Morheim and then cut back to the middle of the field. On the way to the end zone, Abdullah slid through the grasp of Illini tackle Jake Howe and ran through cornerback V’Angelo Bentley at the 2.
Fear the Fro! Kenny Bell’s one-handed leaping grab of a Tommy Armstrong pass was one for the highlight tapes. He landed without losing his balance and bounded upfield to complete the 37-yard TD reception.