Week 9 Top Performers: Huskers' Abdullah, Auburn's Jones, CU's Lakip
Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah was unstoppable Saturday as he rumbled through Rutgers' defense for a school-record 341 all-purpose yards. With his performance, Abdullah shattered the previous all-purpose single game mark (321) set by Roy Helu Jr. against Missouri in 2010 and surpassed Archie Griffin for second place in Big Ten career-all-purpose yards with 6,604. Abdullah also recorded his fourth 200-yard game of this season and the fifth of his career. His halftime tally of 149 rushing yards was more than Rutgers would gain all game.
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With seven seconds left in Saturday’s game, South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson tossed a prayer to the end zone, in hopes one of his receivers would come down with the pass, but Auburn defensive back Jonathan Jones leaped above the pack to make the game-ending interception. The pick was one of two Jones collected in the fourth quarter to seal Auburn's 42-35 victory. The Tigers head to Oxford, Mississippi to take on No. 7 Ole Miss next Saturday.
Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip booted three field goals to lift the Tigers past Syracuse in a defensive struggle Saturday night. The Tigers were held to under 20 points for a second consecutive week after averaging 37 points through the first six games. After a deadlocked first half, Lakip’s 41-yarder gave Clemson the 9-6 lead with under four minutes left in the third quarter. The Tigers would add a touchdown to cap the final score 16-6. “Hey a win is a win,” said Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt of the victory.