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Greg Sharpe Talks Purdue Match-up for Nebraska Cornhuskers

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Nearly two months into the 2013 football season and something very different for the Nebraska Cornhuskers this weekend – their first road game.

Nebraska plays at Purdue Saturday, after five straight home games – and four wins – to start the year.

Win number four came in the Big Ten opener against Illinois last weekend, as the Huskers jumped in front 17-0 and beat the Illini 39-19.

I asked the ‘Voice of the Cornhuskers’ Greg Sharpe if it felt like a classic, get-on-top-early-and-dominate kind of game for Nebraska:

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Illinois v Nebraska
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase #2 of the Illinois Fighting Illini is brought down by cornerback Ciante Evans #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

The match-up with the Illini was one of the Huskers top defensive performances of 2013, as Nebraska forced a pair of turnovers and limited Illinois to 4-15 on third down:

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Illinois v Nebraska
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 5: Running back Ameer Abdullah #8 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

The offensive star of the day for Nebraska was running back Ameer Abdullah, who ran for a career-high 225 yards and two touchdowns, as the Huksers amassed 521 yards of total offense:

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The only real ‘hiccup’ for Nebraska came right before halftime when Imani Cross was tackled in the end zone for a safety.

The score was the result of two Nebraska mistakes, special teams penalty, and a questionable play call:

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Illinois v Nebraska
LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 5: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs to the end zone during their game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on October 5, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

This weekend against the Boilermakers, Tommy Armstrong gets his third straight start at quarterback in place of Taylor Martinez, who’s still slowed with a toe injury.

The injury itself might not be enough to keep Martinez out, but the combination of a sub par opponent and another bye week next weekend, all factor into the decision to rest him Saturday:

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As for Purdue, they are 1-4 and very inconsistent, barely beating Indiana State and almost knocking off Notre Dame.  Things have gotten so bad for the Boilermakers, they’ve benched their starting quarterback Rob Henry:

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Ross-Ade Stadium
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This will be the first road test of the year for a very young Nebraska team, when they travel to Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday morning. It will be interesting to see how this group handles being away from Lincoln for the first time in a long time:

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Kickoff is 11:00am Saturday from West Lafayette.

You can listen to the game live on your home for Cornhusker football in the Sioux Empire, ESPN 99.1.

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