Nebraska 24
Missouri 13

Oct. 12, 2002 • 11:36 a.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • FSN PPV
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Lannie Hopkins sacks Mizzou quarterback Brad Smith for an 8-yard loss in the fourth quarter. | Courtesy of
1st Quarter
MU: Z Abron 1 run (M Matheny kick) 12:14
NU: D Horne 5 run (J Brown kick) 4:17
MU: Matheny 22 field goal, 0:04
2nd Quarter
MU: Matheny 44 field goal, 9:27
NU: A Golliday 1 pass from J Lord (Brown kick) 0:43
3rd Quarter
NU: D Groce 89 punt return (Brown kick) 7:24
4th Quarter
NU: Brown 42 field goal, 11:39
                             MU       NU
FIRST DOWNS................. 11       20
  Rushing.................... 1       16
  Passing.................... 6        2
  Penalty.................... 4        2
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)....... 30-97   62-325
PASSING YDS (NET).......... 123       34
Att-Comp-Int........... 29-14-0   12-4-0
TOTAL OFFENSE........... 59-220   74-359
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 0-0      0-0
Punt Returns-Yards......... 0-0    4-114
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 2-29    4-111
Int. Returns-Yards......... 0-0      0-0
Punts (Number-Avg)...... 8-47.8   6-27.2
Fumbles-Lost............... 2-0      2-1
Penalties-Yards........... 7-44     6-66
Possession Time.......... 27:02    32:58
Third-Down Conv. ......... 4/16     3/13
Fourth-Down Conv. ......... 0/2      1/2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.... 2-2      2-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards.... 2-19     4-14

MU: Z Abron 12-65, Brad Smith 17-34, Team 1-minus 2

NU: J Lord 17-98, D Horne 20-88, D Diedrick 14-61, J Davies 3-33, T Collins 4-17, C Ross 1-14, K Larson 1-8, S Kriewald 1-3, M Simmons 1-3

MU: Brad Smith 14-29-123-0
NU: J Lord 4-12-34-0

MU: D Outlaw 5-71, J Gage 7-47, S Coffey 1-6, T Leon 1-minus 1

NU: R Pilkington 1-17, C Ross 1-13, D Diedrick 1-3, A Golliday 1-1

Attendance: 78,014


Stats & Recap

Husker defense puts clamps on Tigers’ attack

The Nebraska offense rolled for 325 yards rushin, while the defense shut down Missouri in the second half in a 24-13 win over the Tigers.

Quarterback Jammal Lord led the Huskers in rushing with 98 yards on 17 carries, while freshman David Horne added 88 yards on 20 carries in his second collegiate game.

While the Huskers pounded away at the Tigers on the ground, Nebraska’s defense held Missouri to 220 total yards. MU entered the game ranked 15th nationally averaging 441.4 yards per game.

The Blackshirts frustrated Missouri quarterback Brad Smith all day, holding the freshman phenom to 34 yards rushing and 123 yards passing. Smith, who ranked sixth nationally averaging 332 yards per game, produced less than half that with just 157 total yards.

Smith and the Tigers did get off to a good start, rolling up 192 yards in the first half, but Lord’s one-yard pass to tight end Aaron Golliday with 43 seconds left in the second quarter gave NU a 14-13 lead at intermission.

In the second half, Missouri never threatened, managing just 28 net yards. DeJuan Groce put the exclamation point on the victory with an 89-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter. It was Groce’s third punt return touchdown of the season, tying Johnny Rodgers’ school record set in 1971.

Omaha World-Herald
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2002 schedule
04/20Red 17, White 7
08/24Arizona St.W 48-10
08/31Troy St.W 31-16
09/07Utah St.W 44-13
09/14@ Penn St.L 7-40
09/28@ Iowa St.L 14-36
10/05McNeese St.W 38-14
10/12MissouriW 24-13
10/19@ Oklahoma St.L 21-24
10/26@ Texas A&MW 38-31
11/02TexasL 24-27
11/09KansasW 45-7
11/16@ Kansas St.L 13-49
11/29ColoradoL 13-28
12/27Ole MissL 23-27


Colonel Mustard

Our defensive gameplan to contain Smith and make him pass was brilliant.


Frank Solich and Craig Bohl found someone they could outcoach: Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel.

Omaha World-Herald

The performance was just the kind of boost Nebraska needed heading into back-to-back road games against Oklahoma State and Texas A&anp;M.

Lincoln Journal Star

Nebraska continues to rebuild its confidence. Maybe later, the Huskers can work on the lost mystique.

Grand Island Independent
Red Clad Loon

The Loon’s game ball, most predictably, goes to the Blackshirts for a job well done.


The talk in Tigerland should center around why Missouri coach Gary Pinkel didn’t provide Smith with more strategic help.

Kansas City Star

It turns out that Bohl is just a little bit smarter than many people thought. He came up with a game plan to slow Mr. Smith down.

Grand Island Independent
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