Nebraska 45
Missouri 38

Nov. 8, 1997
Faurot Field | Columbia, MO | ABC
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
Nebraska 14 7 10 7 7 45
Missouri 7 17 7 7 0 38
First quarter
MU: Olivo 1 run (Knickman kick) 9:23
NU: Frost 16 run (K Brown kick) 5:09
NU: Frost 1 run (K Brown kick) 0:25
Second quarter
MU: Coleman 18 pass from C Jones (Knickman kick) 14:16
NU: Green 7 run (K Brown kick) 10:08
MU: FG Knickman 39, 5:26
MU: Olivo 34 pass from C Jones (Knickman kick) 3:29
Third quarter
NU: Frost 1 run (K Brown kick) 3:00
MU: Jones 7 run (Knickman kick) 0:43
Fourth quarter
NU: FG K Brown 44, 10:50
MU: Brooks 15 pass from C Jones (Knickman kick) 4:39
NU: Davison 12 pass from Frost (K Brown kick) 0:00
Overtime
NU: Frost 12 run (K Brown kick)

                       NU        MU
First downs .......... 28        20
  Rushing ............ 21         8
  Passing ............. 7        10
  Penalty ............. 0         2
Rushes-yards ..... 61-353    46-153
Passing yards ....... 175       233
  Comp-Att-Int .. 11-24-2   12-20-1
Total offense .... 85-528    66-386
Sacked-yds lost ..... 0-0      5-38
Return yards ......... 17        48
Punts-Avg. ....... 2-35.0    4-27.0
Fumbles-lost ........ 2-1       0-0
Penalties-yards .... 5-45      2-10
Possession time ... 29:55     30:05
Third-Down Conv. .. 13/17      8/16
Fourth-Down Conv. ... 0/0       1/2

RUSHING
NU: Green 30-189, Frost 23-141, Makovicka 7-24, Buckhalter 1-(-1)

MU: Jones 21-60, Olivo 11-42, Blackwell 9-30, West 3-13, Janes 2-8

PASSING
NU: Frost 11-24-2-175
MU: Jones 12-20-1-233

RECEIVING
NU: Cheatham 5-54, Green 2-48, Newcombe 1-33, S Jackson 1-15, Warfield 1-13, Davison 1-12

MU: Brooks 3-64, Ross 2-51, Olivo 2-45, Layman 2-19, Murchison 1-28, Coleman 1-18, Blackwell 1-8

Att: 66,846

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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.

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1997 schedule
04/26 Reds 34, Whites 28
08/30 Akron W 59-14
09/13 Central Florida W 38-24
09/20 @ Washington W 27-14
10/04 Kansas St. W 56-26
10/11 @ Baylor W 49-21
10/18 Texas Tech W 29-0
10/25 @ Kansas W 35-0
11/01 Oklahoma W 69-7
11/08 @ Missouri W 45-38
11/15 Iowa St. W 77-14
11/28 @ Colorado W 27-24
12/06 Texas A&M W 54-15
01/02 Tennessee W 42-17

Commentary

Colonel Mustard

Frost proved me wrong on the long drive in the last minute. I never thought he could pull off something like that.

Shatel

Are the Huskers No. 1? They weren't Saturday. But they are still undefeated and maybe in position to still draw straws.

Omaha World-Herald
Hambleton

At times, the Huskers looked as out of place as they did at Arizona State last fall.

Lincoln Journal Star
Harig

Nebraska might look back at the end of the season and call it destiny.

Tampa Bay Times
Vaccaro

Missouri fell seven seconds short of paradise, seven seconds that turned out to be more than enough time to find one last trapdoor, one final banana peel.

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