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Ameer Abdullah runs for 208 yards, 3 TDs in Nebraska's win

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Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah crossed the 200-yard rushing mark for a third time this season.

Another week, another 200-yard game for Nebraska senior tailback Ameer Abdullah.

Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three TDs on 22 carries -- his second 200-yard game in a row and his third of the season -- as the Huskers blasted host Illinois 45-14.

Abdullah helped Nebraska -- which plays at Michigan State next week -- rush for 458 yards and roll up 624 total yards. He has a nation-leading 833 rushing yards this season, to go with eight rushing TDs.

Abdullah opened the season with a 232-yard performance against Florida Atlantic, then rushed for 229 yards last week in a win over Miami. He now has four 200-yard games in his career, including two against Illinois; he rambled for 225 against the Illini last season.

He scored Nebraska's first three TDs on Saturday night, scoring on runs of 12, 8 and 2 yards in the first 21 minutes of the game. Abdullah had 127 yards and a TD on 13 carries in the first quarter, then added 89 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries in the second quarter, which ended with the Huskers leading 31-14.

Nebraska had 91 plays from scrimmage against the Illini and 70 of them were runs.

Worth noting for next week is that Abdullah has rushed for 233 yards on 44 carries in the past two seasons against Michigan State.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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