Wednesday September 24th, 2014

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers

Illinois visits Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. to take on No. 21 Nebraska Saturday night in the Big Ten opener for both schools. The 3-1 Fighting Illini come in off a 42-35 win at home over Texas State last week, while the Cornhuskers improved to 4-0 with a 41-31 win over Miami. Nebraska leads the all-time series 8-2-1 and is 1-0 against the Fighting Illini since joining the Big Ten.

You can follow the game with live stats and play-by-play here.

How to Watch

Details for Saturday's game are below:

Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: Big Ten Network

Radio: For a list of Nebraska affiliates, click here. For a list of Illinois affiliates, click here.

Season Recap

Nebraska

Week 4: Nebraska 41, Miami 31

Nebraska improved to 40-5 in night games at Memorial Stadium. Ameer Abdullah shared Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, as well as adding a three-yard touchdown catch. Abdullah moved to third on Nebraska’s all-time rushing list in the game with 3,602 yards, trailing only Mike Rozier (4,780) and Ahman Green (3,880).

Week 3: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

The Huskers passed their first road test of the season with 260 yards and three touchdown passes from quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. Ameer Abdullah finished with 110 yards on 19 carries, including a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter. De’Mornay Pierson-El had an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown, the longest punt return since Eric Haag’s school-record 95-yarder against Texas in 2010.

Week 2: Nebraska 31, McNeese State 24

Ameer Abdullah saved Nebraska against its FCS opponent by turning a short pass into a game-winning 58-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushed for 131 yards, a career high, on 11 carries. It was the first 100-yard ground game for a Nebraska quarterback since Taylor Martinez in the 2012 Big Ten Championship game. The Huskers improved to 11-0 all-time against FCS opponents.

Week 1: Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7

Ameer Abdullah rushed for a career-high 232 yards on 21 carries. Nebraska’s 784 yards of total offense were its most since gaining 787 against Utah State in 1991, and its 498 rushing yards were its most in a game since putting up 451 against Kansas State in 2010.

Illinois

Week 4: Illinois 42, Texas State 35

The Fighting Illini came from behind to beat the Bobcats, taking the lead for good on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Wes Lunt to Mike Dudek with 7:42 remaining. It was Illinois’ third fourth-quarter comeback win of the season. The Fighting Illini had 14 tackles for loss, their most since registering 15 against San Jose State in 2002.

Week 3: Washington 44, Illinois 19

The Fighting Illini dug themselves a deep hole with three turnovers in the first 20 minutes of the game. They were 1-for-10 on third down and committed 11 penalties. Geronimo Allison had six receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns for Illinois.

Week 2: Illinois 42, Western Kentucky 34

The Illini came back for the win, taking the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 62-yard pass from Wes Lunt to Justin HardeeLunt threw for a career-high 456 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman Mike Dudek became the first Illini newcomer with touchdown receptions in each of his first two games since Kelvin Hayden in 2003.

Week 1: Illinois 28, Youngstown State 17

The Fighting Illini trailed 17-14 in the fourth quarter before taking the lead on Wes Lunt’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Josh FergusonLunt’s 285 passing yards and four touchdown passes were the most ever by an Illinois quarterback in his first start. The win was the 17th straight home opening win for the Illini.

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