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Ameer Abdullah Continues Bid for Mike Rozier's Records. Is Heisman Next?

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

The #FearAmeer campaign was in full force Saturday, but we’re not entirely sure who should be trembling the most when Ameer Abdullah in on the field.

Let’s start with Rutgers: Abdullah set a school record with 321 all-purpose yards in a 42-24 rout of Rutgers with 225 rushing yards, 26 receiving yards and 90 kickoff return yards.

The tally included touchdown runs of 48, 53 and 23 yards and a kickoff return of 76 yards to set up a touchdown in the third quarter.

Meanwhile, Abdullah has given Nebraska legend Mike Rozier plenty of reason to fear losing his spot atop the Cornhuskers' record book.

With 4,226 career rushing yards, Abdullah is 553 yards short of tying Rozier for the school rushing record.

With 1,249 yards in eight games, Abdullah also has an outside shot of breaking Rozier’s single-season school record from 1983. Rozier rushed for 2,148 yards during his Heisman-winning season.

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Abdullah started the season eighth on Nebraska's career rushing list and finished Saturday second. Along the way, he passed names like Ahman Green, Eric Crouch, Roy Helu and Rex Burkhead. On Saturday, Abdullah topped the 200-yard rushing mark for the fourth time this season and added his fifth consecutive multi-touchdown game.

At Abdullah’s current average of 156.1 rushing yards per game, here’s how he could finish at his current pace:

Year

 

Games

Rushing Yards

1983

MIke Rozier

12

2,148 (275 attempts)

2014

Ameer Abdullah

12*

1,874 (270 attempts)

 

 

13*

2,040 (293 attempts)

 

 

14*

2,185 (315 attempts)

*pace

If there’s one possible hangup to his bid for a record season, it’s the final stretch of the schedule. Of Nebraska’s final four regular season opponents, only Purdue (83rd) entered Saturday ranked outside of the top 50 nationally in rush defense. That doesn't include what's likely to be a tough defense in the Big Ten title game — potentially Michigan State — and a bowl game.

Against Michigan State, Abdullah rushed for a season-low 45 yards and 1.9 yards per carry against the toughest defense he’s faced all year.

Still, with prolific numbers from Abdullah, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott may fear Abdullah as a Heisman finalist.