Brad Smith befuddles Huskers via ground, air
Nebraska rallied from a 21-3 first-quarter deficit to reach halftime tied at 24, but Missouri quarterback Brad Smith was a difference-maker by amassing 480 yards of total offense in a 41-24 Tiger victory.
Nebraska orchestrated a fierce first-half rally by using big plays on offense, defense and special teams to close the opening half tied with the Tigers. Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor threw a pair of touchdown passes, while Daniel Bullocks blocked and recovered a punt to set up a Cody Glenn one-yard touchdown run. Barry Turner added a sack and forced a fumble by Smith that was recovered by Jay Moore to set up the tying score by Nate Swift for the Huskers in the second quarter.
Midway through the third quarter, the Huskers appeared on the verge of taking their first lead when Taylor found Terrence Nunn on a crossing route on fourth-and-two from the MU 33. Nunn slipped through a tackle and raced down the middle of the Tiger defense inside the Tiger 10, before being being stripped of the ball from behind by Jason Simpson. Missouri’s David Overstreet recovered the ball at the MU 3, and momentum swung drastically from there.