Bo Pellini's seat getting red hot

The best move Nebraska coach Bo Pellini did in Saturday's 31-24 win over McNeese State was to ensure Ameer Abdullah touched the ball in other ways than as a rusher on the team's final possession.

The Cowboys did a great job containing Abdullah in the running game. But it was on Nebraska's final possession where Abdullah took over and helped his Cornhuskers avoid a potential monumental upset in school history.

After a long kickoff return that set the Cornhuskers in favorable field position, Nebraska faced a third-and-6 late in the game. This was familiar territory for Nebraska, which could not move the ball against McNeese State in the second half.

But on this third-and-6, with the game tied at 24-24, Abdullah took a short pass from quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr., which was initially short of the first down marker. But Abdullah made consecutive moves on defenders before turning upfield for a 58-yard touchdown with just 20 seconds left in the game.

The play avoided the Nebraska-McNeese State game from being a major storyline for the next week.

Though McNeese State is a top FCS team, this is Nebraska football. Pellini's team is expected to compete for a Big Ten title, yet it could barely get past an opponent in a lower tier in the NCAA.

Pellini will need to hope this game was a one-time thing. Otherwise, if this trend continues, he'll be looking for a new job next year.

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