By Stu Peterson: No.22 Nebraska piled up 784 yards in total offense in crushing the hapless Florida Atlantic 55-7 on Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska. 498 of those yards came on the ground. The Cornhuskers had a first down advantage of 35 to 13 over Florida and limited them to just 200 yards on offense.
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah had a career best in rushing for 232 yards on 21 carries with 1 touchdown and a per carry average of 11 yards. Terrell Newby rushed for 17 yards on 16 carries with 2 touchdowns. Tommy Armstrong Jr rushed for 62 yards on 7 carries with 1 touchdown. Virtually all the Nebraska running backs that touched the ball had huge positive yardage.
Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr completed 15 of 29 passes for 271 yards with 2 touchdowns.
Florida running back Jay Warren played well in rushing for 77 yards on 14 carries. But unfortunately, with Florida so far behind, it limited the amount of carries that Warren had in the game.
Florida quarterback Jaquez Johnson completed 6 of 12 passes for 61 yards. Greg Hankerson completed just 5 of 18 passes for 34 yards with 1 sack.
The total yards that the Cornhuskers put up was their 5th best of all time.
Nebraska led 31-7 at halftime. In the second half, they used reserves for the most part but were still able to score 24 points.
In the 1st quarter, Armstrong Jr rushed for a 5-yard touchdown to put Nebraska up 7-0 at 9:28 of the quarter. Florida came back with quarterback Jaquez Johnson completing a 20-yard touchdown pass Lucky Whitehead to tie the game at 7-7.
Armstrong Jr connected on a 36-yard touchdown throw to Jordan Westerkamp at 1:59 of the 1ST quarter to put the Cornhuskers up 14-7.
In the 2nd quarter, Nebraska scored on a 45-yard field goal by Drew Brown. Five minutes later, Ameer Abdullah rushed for a 47-yard touchdown to put Nebraska up 24-7.
From there it was just a blizzard of scoring by the Cornhuskers against the badly over-matched Florida Atlantic.