McKewon: Hail Mary completions are rare, but NU can build on Abdullah's effort

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Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — The Hail Mary is lore, a miracle, a moment, the play that ultimately delivered Nebraska's 27-24 win over Northwestern.

But Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah going for 16 yards on fourth-and-15 — that's football. That's a man on fire, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound running back emerging from one hell of an Oklahoma drill with a first down and new life. It's the most important play of the Huskers' season, both for what it set up Saturday and how it can be used.

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