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Ameer Abdullah rushes for 208 yards, 3 TDs in No. 21 Cornhuskers' 45-14 victory over Illinois

  • Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah celebrates after a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah celebrates after a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Illinois in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois running back Josh Ferguson (6) runs away from Nebraska defensive back Joshua Kalu (10) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Illinois running back Josh Ferguson (6) runs away from Nebraska defensive back Joshua Kalu (10) for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole (4) throws as Illinois offensive lineman Ted Karras (69) blocks Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins (7) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Illinois quarterback Reilly O'Toole (4) throws as Illinois offensive lineman Ted Karras (69) blocks Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins (7) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and three touchdowns, Imani Cross added a career-high 109 yards and a TD, and No. 21 Nebraska beat Illinois 45-14 on Saturday night.

The Cornhuskers (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) are off to their best start since 2010 heading into next week's game at No. 9 Michigan State.

Wearing all-red alternate uniforms on homecoming, the Huskers rushed for 458 of their 624 total yards.

Illinois (3-2, 0-1) started Reilly O'Toole at quarterback in place of Wes Lunt. O'Toole was 17 for 38 for 261 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted three times, twice by Daniel Davie.