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By SI Wire
November 12, 2014

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Wisconsin Badgers

This game will features two of college football's best running backs as Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, who leads the country with 187.9 all-purpose yards per game, and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who leads the nation in rushing, square off to try to untangle the mess at the top of the Big Ten West. Nebraska is currently in a three-way tie with Wisconsin and Minnesota in the division, but the team has four of its last five games on the road against ranked opponents. 

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

How to watch

Detail's for Saturday's game are below:

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET

Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.

TV coverage: ABC

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

Season recap


11/1: Nebraska 35, Purdue 14

Ameer Abdullah injured his left knee on Nebraska’s second possession of the game, and Imani Cross filled in by rushing for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Nebraska was sloppy for most of the game, turning the ball over three times and only generating 297 yards of total offense. The win moved the Huskers into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West.

10/25: Nebraska 42, Rutgers 24

All-America candidate Ameer Abdullah set a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, running for more than 200 yards for the fourth time this season. Nebraska receiver Kenny Bell had six catches for 63 yards and became the school’s career leader in reception. Rutgers played wihout suspended wideouts Janarion Grant and Andre Patton. The defeat was the eighth straight for the Scarlet Knights against teams in the Top 25.

10/18: Nebraska 38, Northwestern 17

Northwestern only generated 290 yards of offense and went 5-of-16 on third down as Nebraska took control by scoring 24 second half points. Ameer Abdullah ran 23 times for 146 yards and four touchdowns for the Huskers who ran for 237 yards.

10/4: Michigan State 27, Nebraska 22

The Cornhuskers rallied from a 27-3 deficit in the fourth quarter but the rally fell short when Tommy Armstrong Jr.’s pass was intercepted at the Spartans’ 17 yard line with 30 seconds left. Nebraska has lost its last nine road games against top-10 opponents. Ameer Abdullah’s 24 carries set a new career record, increasing his total to 687, breaking the old mark of 668 set by Mike Rozier (1981-83).

9/27: Nebraska 45, Illinois 14

The Cornhuskers have scored at least 30 points in all five games this season, just the second time in the last 19 seasons they have turned that trick. Nebraska’s 624 yards of total offense marked the first time it has topped the 600-yard mark in a Big Ten game. Ameer Abdullah had a career-high three rushing touchdowns, finishing with 208 yards on 22 carries.

9/20: 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 3-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).

9/13: Nebraska 55, Fresno State 19

The Huskers passed their first road test of the season behind 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.

9/6: Nebraska 31, McNeese State 24

Ameer Abdullah saved Nebraska against their FCS visitors by turning a short pass into a game-winning 58-yard touchdown reception with 20 seconds left. The Huskers improved to 11-0 all-time against FCS opponents. 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.

8/30: 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. The Huskers’ 498 rushing yards were their most in a game since putting up 451 against Kansas State in 2010.


11/8: Wisconsin 34, Purdue 16

Joel Stave threw for a season-high 219 yards and two touchdowns, while Melvin Gordon continued his assault on Big Ten defenses, running for 205 yards as the Badgers won their fourth-straight game, each by at least double digits. Purdue was held to 26 yards rushing, and Boilermakers quarterback Austin Appleby was sacked four times as the Wisconsin defense totaled 10 tackles for loss. It was the Badgers' nine straight victory in the series.

11/1: Wisconsin 37, Rutgers 0

Wisconsin shut out Rutgers for its third-straight victory. Corey Clement and Melvin Gordon combined for 259 rushing yards and four touchdowns to lead the Badgers offense. Wisconsin's defense held the Scarlet Knights to just 139 yards of total offense.

10/25: Wisconsin 52, Maryland 7

The Badgers outgained the Terrapins 527-175 to cruise to a blowout victory in Madison. Melvin Gordon had 22 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns as Wisconsin rushed for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Wisconsin's run defense held Maryland to just 46 yards on 28 carries and didn't allow a point until the final minute of the game.

10/11: Wisconsin 38, Illinois 28

Wisconsin rebounded from its second loss of the season by defeating Illinois. Melvin Gordon led the way with 175 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and Corey Clement added 164 yards and another score as the Badgers racked up 401 yards on the ground. Wisconsin outgained Illinois 498-288 in the win.

10/4: Northwestern 20, Wisconsin 14

Joel Stave threw three interceptions as the Badgers suffered their second loss of the season. Wisconsin never held a lead against the Wildcats, falling behind 10-0 at the half. Despite the loss, running back Melvin Gordon had one of his best performances of his career, rushing the ball 27 times for a career-high 259 yards and a touchdown. Stave replaced struggling quarterback Tanner McEvoy at the half.

9/27: Wisconsin 27, South Florida 10

In the Badgers' third win of the year, Melvin Gordon once again had an outstanding outing on the ground, finishing with 181 yards on 32 carries with two touchdowns. As a team, Wisconsin has run for 250 yards or more in three of the first four games. The Badgers have now won 32 consecutive non-conference home games, the second-longest active streak in the country.​

9/20: Wisconsin 68, Bowling Green 17

The Badgers set a Big Ten record with 644 rushing yards, breaking the old mark of 573 set by Michigan State at Purdue in 1971 and tied by Michigan against Northwestern in 1975. Melvin Gordon became just the sixth Wisconsin runner to score five rushing touchdowns in a game. Tanner McEvoy set a Badgers record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback with 158.

9/6: Wisconsin 37, Western Illinois 3

The Badgers won their 19th straight home opener. Wisconsin recorded a safety on the opening kickoff, its first safety since 2008 against Minnesota. The Badgers held Western Illinois to 34 total yards in the second half.

8/30: LSU 28, Wisconsin 24

Wisconsin’s 268 rushing yards were more than LSU surrendered in any game last season. Melvin Gordon had 138 yards and scored a touchdown on 17 carries, the 11th 100-yard rushing game of his career. Rafael Gaglianone’s 51-yard field goal was Wisconsin' first of 50-plus yards since 2009. Wisconsin led 24-7 before surrendering 21 unanswered points.

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