Nebraska 27
Missouri 12

Oct. 8, 2009 • 8 p.m. Central
Faurot Field •Columbia, MO • ESPN
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2nd quarter
MU: TEAM safety, 14:01 
MU: Blaine Gabbert 1 run (Grant Ressel kick) 0:00 
3rd quarter
MU: Grant Ressel 33 field goal, 1:26
4th quarter
NU: Niles Paul 56 pass from Zac Lee (Alex Henery kick) 13:56 Video
NU: Niles Paul 13 pass from Lee (pass failed) 12:59 
NU: Mike McNeill 8 pass from Lee (Henery kick) 10:34 
NU: Roy Helu Jr. 5 run (Henery kick) 0:56 

                            NU        MU
FIRST DOWNS................ 14        15
  Rushing................... 6         4
  Passing................... 6         7
  Penalty................... 2         4
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)..... 33-105     35-91
  Yds Gained Rushing...... 144       118
  Yds Lost Rushing......... 39        27
PASSING YDS (NET)......... 158       134
  Att-Comp-Int........ 33-14-0   43-17-2
TOTAL OFFENSE ......... 66-263    78-225
Fumble Returns-Yds........ 0-0       0-0
Punt Returns-Yds......... 4--5      4-63
Kickoff Returns-Yds....... 1-2      5-82
Int. Returns-Yds......... 2-40       0-0
Punts-Avg ............. 8-39.4    8-44.6
Fumbles-Lost.............. 5-2       2-1
Penalties-Yards........ 12-108     8-100
Possession Time......... 29:32     30:28
Third-Down Conv. ........ 8/17      5/18
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 0/1       1/2
Sacks By-Yards........... 2-15       1-7

NU: Roy Helu Jr. 18-88; Rex Burkhead 5-34; Zac Lee 8-7; TEAM 2-minus 24

MU: Derrick Washington 20-80; De’Vion Moore 6-9; Blaine Gabbert 9-2

NU: Zac Lee 14-33-0-158
MU: Blaine Gabbert 17-43-2-134

NU: Niles Paul 6-102; Curenski Gilleylen 3-14; Menelik Holt 2-26; Mike McNeill 1-8; Kyler Reed 1-4; Rex Burkhead 1-4 

MU: Dana Alexander 6-43; Jared Perry 4-68; Derrick Washington 3-10; Jerrel Jackson 2-11; De’Vion Moore 1-4; Wes Kemp 1-minus 2.

NU: Dejon Gomes 1-40; Ndamukong Suh 1-0.
MU: None.

NU: Mathew May 1-1; Rex Burkhead 1-0; Zac Lee 1-0; TEAM 1-1; Niles Paul 1-0.

MU: Blaine Gabbert 2-1.

Attendance: 65,826



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Huskers storm back in Columbia

Ndamukong Suh and the Blackshirts kept Nebraska in the game, and quarterback Zac Lee and the Husker offense came alive with 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter as No. 21 NU stormed back for a 27-12 win Thursday night over No. 24 Missouri at rainy Faurot Field.

After slipping and sliding their way for less than 100 yards of total offense and zero points through the first three quarters, Nebraska’s offense erupted for more than 150 yards and touchdowns on all four of its fourth-quarter possessions.

Lee gave the Huskers life with a 56-yard touchdown strike to Niles Paul with 13:56 left in the game to cut MU’s lead to 12-7. On Missouri’s ensuing possession, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh intercepted a Blaine Gabbert pass.

That set up the Husker offense at the MU 18, and Lee and Paul connected on a 13-yard TD pass with 12:59 left to give Nebraska its first lead.

The Blackshirts struck again when Dejon Gomes returned an interception 40 yards to the MU 10. Three plays later, Lee hit tight end Mike McNeill on an eight-yard pass to push Nebraska’s lead to 20-12 with 10:34 remaining.

Missouri drove to the Nebraska 22 but turned the ball over on downs. The NU offense then marched 68 yards in eight plays, capped by Roy Helu Jr.’s five-yard TD run with 56 seconds left.

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Pregame & team info
2009 schedule
04/18Reds 31, Whites 17
09/05Florida AtlanticW 49-3
09/12Arkansas St.W 38-9
09/19@ Virginia TechL 15-16
09/26LouisianaW 55-0
10/08@ MissouriW 27-12
10/17Texas TechL 10-31
10/24Iowa St.L 7-9
10/31@ BaylorW 20-10
11/07OklahomaW 10-3
11/14@ KansasW 31-17
11/21Kansas St.W 17-3
11/27@ ColoradoW 28-20
12/05TexasL 12-13
12/30ArizonaW 33-0
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Nebraska broke through and grabbed a big road win that will help the Huskers gain credibility around the nation – and in their own division.


Breakout night. … You knew it was going to happen one day. But nobody could have known it would happen like this.

Omaha World-Herald

Missouri should have had it wrapped up. But Suh and his crew just wouldn’t let it happen.

Nebraska StatePaper

In a steady rain … Lee discovered lightning in a bottle.

Lincoln Journal Star

Don’t let a memorable fourth quarter cloud your perspective on one of NU’s worst offensive performances in years.

Omaha World-Herald

This is a new era. This is a new team with a toughness we haven’t seen for awhile.

Grand Island Independent

Yep, this had Pelini written all over it. Nebraska won it with defense and guts.

Lincoln Journal Star

So Nebraska isn’t a choker, and Mizzou has a few issues on offense.

Yahoo Sports

At some point, Mizzou and Pinkel must figure out how to run the football.

Kansas City Star

Football is a pretty simple sport - particularly when Mother Nature gets involved - and if your big guys are getting pushed around by their big guys, you lose.

Columbia Tribune
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