Improbable catch saves Huskers from upset at Mizzou
A little luck never hurts. In its first-ever overtime game, No. 1 Nebraska defeated Missouri, 45-38, in Columbia after driving 67 yards in 10 plays in the last 1:02 of regulation to tie the score at 38 on a remarkable regulation-ending play.
Facing a third down from the Missouri 12 with seven seconds remaining, quarterback Scott Frost hit wingback Shevin Wiggins with a pass at the goal line, but Wiggins could not control the ball. The ball deflected off Wiggins’ foot and into the air, before a diving Matt Davison caught the ball just before it touched the ground.
In overtime, Nebraska got the ball first and scored in just three plays on a 12-yard Frost run. The defense responded, stopping Missouri in four plays to preserve the thrilling victory.
The Huskers rolled up 528 yards in total offense, including 353 on the ground. Missouri’s play-action passing and option running gave the Huskers fits all afternoon, as the Tigers gained 386 yards of total offense, including 233 through the air.
Mizzou quarterback Corby Jones accounted for 293 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.