LINCOLN, Neb. -- Top Nebraska performers on Saturday in the Huskers’ 27-24 win over Northwestern:
QB Ron Kellogg III and WR Jordan Westerkamp: No matter the outcome of this season or their careers at Nebraska, these two will forever be linked for the final play on Saturday. Kellogg's heave to from midfield toward the south end zone bounced off the hands of a Northwestern defender and straight to the redshirt freshman Westerkamp for a 49-yard touchdown. Kellogg earns extra praise for his management of the game-winning drive, which included a 16-yard connection with Ameer Abdullah on fourth-and-15.
RB Ameer Abdullah: Speaking of the junior, he shook a sore ankle to rush 24 times for 127 yards and caught three passes for 31 yards. His big catch on the final drive featured an extra effort to move the chains. Abdullah pushed his season rushing total to 1,108 yards, the first Husker to reach 1,000 yards in the first eight games of a season since Ahman Green in 1997. He's also the eighth player in Nebraska history to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
DE Randy Gregory: Nebraska's high-impact sophomore made two plays that loomed large in the second half. Gregory crushed Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian on a third-quarter rush, forcing the interception taken back 25 yards for a score by Avery Moss. Later, after Northwestern reached the 1-yard line on second down in the final two minutes, Gregory made the second of two stops, hitting Kain Colter for a 2-yard loss, to keep the Wildcats out of the end zone.