LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska defeated Arkansas State 42-13 Saturday after Cornhuskers coach Bo Pelini was taken to the hospital by ambulance at halftime for what he called precautionary tests.
Taylor Martinez threw two touchdown passes to Kenny Bell for Nebraska (2-1), and Ameer Abdullah ran for a career-high 167 yards and two scores, filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.
Pelini said in a statement from the hospital after the game that he was doing fine.
They ran some precautionary tests on me and everything checked out fine Pelini said. I plan to be back at work tomorrow. Im proud of the way our coaching staff and team responded.
An ambulance took the 44-year-old Pelini to a hospital after he complained of not feeling well in the first half. A member of the Nebraska athletic medicine staff was seen checking his pulse, but he continued to coach through the end of the second quarter.
Defensive coordinator John Papuchis led the team onto the field for the third quarter and served as acting head coach.
The Huskers were in bounce-back mode after surrendering 653 yards in a 36-30 loss at UCLA last week. It was the second-most Nebraska had ever allowed an opponent.
Nebraska came out in a 3-4 alignment rather than its usual 4-3 against a Red Wolves team (1-2) that scored 34 points in a loss to then-No. 5 Oregon two weeks ago and averaged 574.5 yards its first two games.
The Red Wolves offense dented the Huskers for some big gainers but couldnt get into the end zone. The Huskers held them to two field goals and 286 yards.
ILLINOIS 44, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 0: At Champaign, Ill., Reilly OToole threw for 333 yards and five touchdowns and receiver Ryan Lankford had 97 yards and two scores to lead the Illini (2-1).
Illinois held the Buccaneers (0-3) to 125 yards of offense.
MINNESOTA 28, WESTERN MICHIGAN 23: In Minneapolis, Max Shortell replaced an injured MarQueis Gray and passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Golden Gophers (3-0) overcome a sluggish start.
Dareyon Chance rushed 29 times for 144 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (1-2).
No. 17 MICHIGAN 63, MASSACHUSETTS 13: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Denard Robinson put up 397 yards of total offense and accounted for four touchdowns for the Wolverines (2-1).
Tailback Fitzgerald Toussaint, who missed Michigans opener due to suspension and then carried for just seven yards against Air Force, had 85 yards and a touchdown against the Minutemen.
Former Wolverine Michael Cox, now a grad student at UMass, led the Minutemen (0-3) with 76 yards rushing.
NORTHWESTERN 22, BOSTON COLLEGE 13: In Evanston, Ill., Mike Trumpy ran for 106 yards with a late touchdown for the Wildcats (3-0).
Jeff Budzien tied a school record with five field goals and the Wildcats made it three wins over three BCS teams to start the season.
Boston College dropped to 1-2.