Top performers for Nebraska from Saturday against Illinois:
RB Ameer Abdullah: The senior rushed for 208 yards on 22 carries, leading Nebraska to a 35-14 win over the Illini, the first time since 1995 that the Huskers have opened a season with five consecutive 30-point performances. Abdullah topped 200 yards for the third time this year and moved his rushing total for the year to a national-best 833 yards with 10 touchdowns.
DE Randy Gregory: The junior contributed 2.5 sacks and seven tackles to go with three quarterback hurries. Gregory moved his sack total for the year to 4.5, all in the past two weeks after he missed two games to start the year with a knee injury. Nebraska placed Gregory at multiple spots in its defensive alignment. He caused problems for Illinois on blitzes while standing behind the defensive line and even spent time downfield, delivering a huge block on Nate Gerry’s 53-yard interception return.
CB Daniel Davie: The first-year starter registered a pair of interceptions, the first of his career. Davie, a junior, picked Illini QB Reilly O’Toole in the end zone during the first quarter to thwart a drive with the score tied at 7. Defensively, Nebraska forced three turnovers for the second straight game after gaining just one in the first three games.