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Huskers’ Pelini says Abdullah needed more touches

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Nebraska coach Bo Pelini took responsibility for his team’s poor performance in a close win over McNeese State.

The Huskers (2-0) are unranked this week after going into the McNeese State game No. 19 in the Associated Press poll. Since the AP poll expanded to 25 teams in 1989, no team ranked as high had ever dropped out after a win.

Nebraska, which plays at Fresno State (0-2) on Saturday, had problems on multiple fronts. Of particular concern was the use of star running back Ameer Abdullah. He touched the ball just once in the fourth quarter before he broke the 58-yard winning touchdown with 20 seconds to play.

Pelini said he should have demanded that offensive coordinator Tim Beck get Abdullah more involved.

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