Sep 7, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) runs past Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles defender Jerrion Johnson (5) in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap: Nebraska vs Southern Miss


Nebraska triumphed on Saturday evening in a lock-down defensive performance against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. After allowing opponents an  to gain an average of over 600 yards in their past three games, Nebraska flipped a switch and intercepted Southern Mississippi quarterback Allan Bridgford 3 times – with the first two returned for touchdowns. Nebraska also picked off Southen Mississippi’s other QB Nick Mullens. As the Huskers’ defense held the Golden Eagles to 284 yards, Taylor Martinez  threw for 170 yards and added 34 more on his feet. Running backs Ameer Abdullah and Terrell Newby rushed for a combined 174 yards, 114 of which are credited to Abdullah. Moreover, this win could be a difference-maker heading into week three when Nebraska takes on UCLA. An ode to the Huskers’ defensive capabilities was needed, and they got quite the composition. On special teams Nebraska, once again, dominated Southern Miss. The Huskers averaged 44.5 yards per either of their two kick returns, whereas the Golden Eagles averaged a mere 11. In this well rounded Husker effort, they managed to prove why the Wyoming game was a fluke, and that they are getting prepped and pumped for a visit from UCLA.

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  • c2blum

    Anecdotal stats, of course the UCLA program does not resemble the So. Miss. Golden Eagles, whatsoever. That being said, the SMGE team scored almost as many points on Nebraska as they did in week 1 against the Texas State Bobcats!
    Hopefully the Bruin secondary sorts things out a little better…

    • Ryan Tabb

      Thanks for the read! Agreed that UCLA does not resemble Southern Miss, however I think that it reminded Nebraska of what they can do. They are not gonna get 4 interceptions against the Bruins, but they may get one, and they need confidence to do so. I’d say Southern Miss and Wyoming are on the same level – at leas in the eyes of a major program – so to an extent, it showed improvement.