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Reliable Ameer Abdullah is on pace for one of greatest seasons ever by a Nebraska running back

  • Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) celebrates after scoring in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Nebraska won 17-13. (AP Photo/Bill Fundaro)

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) celebrates after scoring in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Nebraska won 17-13. (AP Photo/Bill Fundaro)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) rushes into coverage by Michigan safety Josh Furman (14) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah (8) rushes into coverage by Michigan safety Josh Furman (14) in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)  (The Associated Press)

Ameer Abdullah is on pace to deliver one of the greatest seasons by a running back in Nebraska's history.

Abdullah's 135 yards per game leads the Big Ten and is sixth nationally. He would be the first Nebraska player since Ahman Green in 1997 to go over 100 yards in seven straight games, though he'll have to do it this week against Michigan State's top-ranked rushing defense.

He's on track to finish the regular season with 1,618 yards — which would be the fifth-most at a school that has a long history of producing some of the college game's best backs.

Abdullah says he doesn't pay attention to the statistics. He says he's more interested in winning.