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Ameer Abdullah runs for 126 yards and 1 TD as Nebraska tops Purdue 44-7

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    Nebraska's LeRoy Alexander (18) returns an interception against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)The Associated Press

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    Nebraska's Jamal Turner (10) comes up short in his efforts to make a reception against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)The Associated Press

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    Purdue freshman quarterback Danny Etling (5) drops back to pass on the team's first play from scrimmage against Nebraska during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)The Associated Press

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    Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) crosses into the end zone to score against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)The Associated Press

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    Purdue's Normondo Harris (1) breaks up a pass intended for Nebraska's Quincy Enunwa (18) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)The Associated Press

Ameer Abdullah ran for 126 yards and a touchdown to help Nebraska defeat Purdue 44-7 on Saturday.

Terrell Newby ran for 61 yards and Imani Cross added 56 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten).

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez sat out with a turf toe injury. Tommy Armstrong Jr. started and completed just 6 of 18 passes for 43 yards with three interceptions. Ron Kellogg III stepped in and completed 10 of 13 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Nebraska held Purdue to 216 yards, and the Boilermakers didn't score until the final minute of the game. Purdue ran for just 32 yards on 25 carries.

Danny Etling completed 14 of 35 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in his first career start. DeAngelo Yancey caught five passes for 146 yards and a touchdown for the Boilermakers (1-5, 0-2).