- Mitch Sherman, ESPN Staff Writer
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Top Nebraska performers on Saturday from the Huskers’ 41-28 loss to No. 16 Michigan State:
IB Ameer Abdullah: The junior ought to get his own award every week so a teammate could squeeze in here. No way to keep Abdullah off this list after his 123 rushing yards on 22 carries against a Spartan defense that entered Saturday allowing 43 yards per game. Abdullah is the first back to top 100 yards against MSU since he did it a year ago in East Lansing. The Big Ten’s leading rusher moved his season total to 1,336 yards.
WR Kenny Bell: Recently back from a groin injury, the junior snapped seven passes for 81 yards. His 38-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter was a thing of beauty. Bell leapt for the pass from Tommy Armstrong Jr. and landed flat on his back. The TD catch marked his fourth of the year and 15th of Bell’s career, tied for fourth in Nebraska history. Each of his past 13 touchdowns have covered 20 yards or longer.
CB Ciante Evans: The senior co-captain recorded an 8-yard sack of Connor Cook in the second quarter, Evans’ 10th tackle for a loss this year. He added another stop behind the line of scrimmage in the second half to establish a season record for a Nebraska defensive back. All of his tackles behind the line have come during Big Ten play. Evans totaled eight tackles against the Spartans and played well in coverage.