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Smith, Mizzou swamp Huskers in 4th quarter
Missouri ended 24 years of frustration, taking advantage of five Husker turnovers and erasing a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to secure a 41-24 victory over Nebraska.
Missouri, which defeated Nebraska for the first time since 1978, scored 27 fourth-quarter points, including three scoring runs by Brad Smith, to overcome a 24-14 deficit.
Trailing 24-21, Missouri converted the Huskers’ fourth turnover of the game, a fumble by Jammal Lord, into the go-ahead score. The Tigers executed a fake field goal on Santino Ricco’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Victor Sesay with 11:41 remaining. In all, the Tigers converted Nebraska’s season-high five miscues into 21 points.
Smith accounted for over 300 yards of offense and four touchdowns against the nation’s top-ranked defense, scoring on runs of 39, 1 and 9 yards and catching a 47-yard touchdown pass from Darius Outlaw.
The loss overshadowed strong offensive performances by Lord and I-back David Horne. Lord completed 12 of 18 passes for 146 yards and rushed for 111 yards. Horne came off the bench to rush for a season-high 119 yards on 26 carries.