Boxscore
Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13
Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Memorial Stadium
Attendance - 85290

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Arkansas State 0 3 10 0 13
Nebraska 14 14 0 14 42

Recap


No. 24 Nebraska 42, Arkansas State 13: Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-high 167 yards and two touchdowns and Taylor Martinez threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another as the Cornhuskers pulled away in the fourth quarter. 

Nebraska played the second half without coach Bo Pelini, who went to the hospital via ambulance at halftime after complaining of flu-like symptoms. 

With senior Rex Burkhead missing his second straight game with a knee injury, Abdullah continued to shine. The sophomore recorded his second straight 100-yard game, including a career-best 45-yard run, and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards.

In a brief on-camera interview at the end of the first half, Pelini said he didn't feel well. The coach did not return to the sideline with the Huskers after halftime, and defensive coordinator John Papuchis served as the acting head coach.

Papuchis' defense, which was torched for 653 total yards in last week's loss to UCLA, rebounded for a strong effort, holding coach Gus Malzahn's potent Arkansas State offense to 286 total yards. The Red Wolves' lone touchdown came from the defense as Shervarius Jackson sacked Martinez and forced a fumble that Qushaun Lee recovered in the end zone.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Martinez became the 25th player in NCAA history with 4,000 passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards in his career, joining fellow Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch on the list. … Nebraska improved to 11-0 all-time against the Sun Belt Conference and has scored at least 30 points in all 11 games. … Martinez has passed for seven touchdowns and rushed for two through three games. 

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 9:55
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 7 - Arkansas State 0
1st Quarter - 0:30
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 14 - Arkansas State 0
2nd Quarter - 13:00
Arkansas State   FG  Nebraska 14 - Arkansas State 3
2nd Quarter - 9:29
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 21 - Arkansas State 3
2nd Quarter - 0:35
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 28 - Arkansas State 3
3rd Quarter - 10:01
Arkansas State   TD  Nebraska 28 - Arkansas State 10
3rd Quarter - 4:19
Arkansas State   FG  Nebraska 28 - Arkansas State 13
4th Quarter - 12:50
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 35 - Arkansas State 13
4th Quarter - 9:01
Nebraska   TD  Nebraska 42 - Arkansas State 13
TEAMS

Team Records

  Arkansas State Nebraska
W/L 1 - 2 - 0 2 - 1 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Arkansas State Nebraska
Score 13 42
First Downs 17 26
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-16
38%
10-for-13
77%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-2
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 286 527
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 37-148 59-347
Average/Rush 4.0 5.9
Passing
Comp-Att 16-32 13-14
Passing Yards 138 180
Average/Pass Play 3.9 11.2
Penalties-Yards 6-39 4-34
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 5-4
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 25:24 34:36

PLAYER STATS

Arkansas State (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Aplin 16/30 138 0 0
F. Knighten 0/2 0 0 1
Nebraska (2 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Martinez 13/14 180 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Hayes 6 47 7.8 0
D. Oku 11 44 4.0 0
F. Jackson 8 32 4.0 0
R. Aplin 11 18 1.6 0
F. Knighten 1 7 7.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Abdullah 30 167 5.6 2
I. Cross 7 66 9.4 1
B. Heard 10 54 5.4 0
T. Martinez 11 54 4.9 1
M. Marrow 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. McKissic 8 73 9.1 0
C. McCants 2 26 13.0 0
R. Fleming 1 12 12.0 0
D. Oku 2 11 5.5 0
J. Jones 1 8 8.0 0
J. Jarboe 1 7 7.0 0
F. Jackson 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Bell 3 71 23.7 2
A. Abdullah 2 39 19.5 0
Q. Enunwa 3 34 11.3 0
K. Reed 1 22 22.0 0
B. Cotton 1 6 6.0 0
J. Long 1 4 4.0 0
T. Allen 1 3 3.0 0
B. Heard 1 1 1.0 0
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