Illinois v Nebraska

Ameer Abdullah runs wild against Illinois

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The glorious Nebraska running back tradition may be coming back in the form of Ameer Abdullah.

The junior Cornhusker ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns on just 20 carries in Nebraska’s 39-19 pasting of Illinois on Saturday. It was his fourth 100-yard effort in five games this season (the other being a 98-yard day against UCLA) and the most yards in a game by a Nebraska running back since Roy Helu had 307 versus Missouri in 2010.

On the season, Abdullah now has 690 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He is on pace to rush for over 1,600 yards, which would be the best rushing output by a Nebraska running back since Ahman Green rushed for 1,877 yards in 1997.

With quarterback Taylor Martinez out each of the past two games due to turf toe and his replacement, Tommy Armstrong, still getting his feet wet, the Cornhuskers offense has been forced to rely more on its running backs. As a result, Nebraska has rushed for exactly 335 yards in each of its past two games.

Abdullah has been the main catalyst for this change, showing slippery moves in traffic and great vision in the open field.

If he keeps it up, it will make the Nebraska quarterback’s job that much easier…whoever that ends up being.



Red River Rivalry blacked out for some DISH subscribers in Texas

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Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.

Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.

“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”

Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.

This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.

Maryland going back to Perry Hills at QB vs. Buckeyes

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Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.

Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.

Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.