NCAA Game Summary - Florida Atlantic at Nebraska|
(Saturday, August 30)
Final Score: (22) Nebraska 55, Florida Atlantic 7
Lincoln, NE (SportsNetwork.com) - Tommy Armstrong had two touchdown passes and
ran in one more as No. 22 Nebraska rolled to a 55-7 win over Florida Atlantic
on Saturday to open the season.
Armstrong was 15-of-29 passing for 271 yards and added seven runs for 62 yards
for the Cornhuskers (1-0), who went 9-4 last season and beat Georgia in the
Ameer Abdullah finished the game with 232 yards on 21 carries and a score,
while Terrell Newby added 16 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the
Jaquez Johnson was 6-for-12 for 61 yards and a score for the Owls (0-1), who
won four in a row to end last season with a mark of 6-6.
Nebraska opened the game with a 13-play, 86-yard drive capped by a 5-yard
touchdown run by Amrstrong for a 7-0 lead.
Florida Atlantic came back with a successful drive of its own, finishing off
the 75-yard march on the 11th play as Johnson found Lucky Whitehead for a 20-
yard score with under five minutes to play in the first quarter.
Armstrong, though, led his team right back down the field and gave the
Cornhuskers a 14-7 lead with a 36-yard scoring toss to Jordan Westerkamp.
Nebraska then held Florida Atlantic and got a 44-yard field goal from Drew
Brown, while Greg Joseph missed a 45-yarder at the other end on the Owls'
On the fourth play of the ensuing drive, Abdullah broke off a 47-yard
touchdown run to make it 24-7 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the first half, and
Imani Cross took the ball in from three yards out with 2 1/2 minutes left to
give Nebraska a 31-7 lead at the break.
Newby scored from two yards out on Nebraska's first possession of the third
quarter, and a 63-yard catch by Kenny Bell set up an 8-yard scoring toss by
Armstrong to De'Mornay Pierson-El for a 45-7 lead with just over 6 1/2 minutes
left in the third.
Mauro Bondi booted a 45-yard field goal later in the third quarter for a 48-7
Newby's 1-yard score early in the fourth quarter accounted for the final
The only other meeting between these schools occurred on Sept. 5, 2009, a 49-3
victory for Nebraska ... Westerkamp led all receivers with seven receptions
for 125 yards ... Jay Warren led Florida Atlantic with 14 carries for 77 yards
... Nebraska totaled 784 yards in the game, fifth-most in program history and
most in 23 years ... Nebraska has won 29 straight season-openers, the nation's
08/30 20:16:48 ET