Huskers beat Mizzou, take division lead
Zac Taylor threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Jackson rushed for 111 yards and a score, as Nebraska moved closer to the Big 12 North Division title with a 34-20 victory over Missouri.
The Huskers (7-3, 4-2 Big 12) built a 27-6 halftime lead and moved into sole possession of first place in the North in a battle between the division’s top two teams
Taylor completed 13 of 21 passes, including TD strikes to Maurice Purify and Hunter Teafatiller.
The Huskers seized the momentum by outscoring MU 10-0 in the first quarter before scoring a season-high 17 points in the second period to bolt to a 21-point halftime lead.
While Nebraska’s offense was putting points on the board, the Blackshirts were opportunistic on defense. NU forced three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions the Huskers converted into first-half touchdowns.
After Missouri cut the lead to 27-13 in the third quarter, the Huskers essentially iced the win with a 13-play, 85-yard touchdown drive that included four third-down conversions, none bigger than Taylor’s third-and-14 pass to Nate Swift for 34 yards to the Missouri 2. Jackson’s touchdown run over left tackle on the next play gave the Huskers a 34-13 lead with 14:36 left in the game.