LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah’s Heisman chances didn’t completely fade away on Saturday against Michigan State, but they are in critical condition after the Huskers’ 27-22 loss.
The nation’s leading rusher coming into the contest, Abdullah only managed to gain 45 yards on 24 carries, while finding the end zone twice. The touchdowns were nice to add to his total, but his long from scrimmage was only nine yards.
While Abdullah struggled, past Heisman winners have been able to overcome bad performances, especially early in the season, to rebound.
Alabama sophomore running back Mark Ingram only rushed for 30 yards on 15 carries against Auburn in 2009. In the same season, Ingram ran for only 50 yards on 17 carries against Arkansas (two touchdowns).
Before boarding the bus on Saturday night, Abdullah took responsibility for the lack of running game against the Spartans. While the offensive line did not look good to the naked eye, Abdullah felt the front-five got good push.
“I didn’t hit the creases when I needed to, that’s one me, but we are going to go back to the drawing board and move on,” said Abdullah.