Nebraska rallies to stun Missouri, 27-12

Thursday, October 8, 2009 | 11:33 p.m. CDT; updated 12:02 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 9, 2009
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert gets taken down by Nebraska tackle Ndamukong Suh during the second half.

COLUMBIA — For the second time this season, Missouri found itself under pressure late in a game.

Against Bowling Green, the Tigers rallied.

Against Nebraska, they fell apart.

Though Missouri led 12-0 with 15 minutes to go, the Huskers stormed back to shock Missouri 27-12 at Faurot Field, their first victory over the Tigers in three years.

The Huskers, quiet offensively for three quarters, finally made a big play early in the fourth quarter on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee to wideout Niles Paul. Following the Husker touchdown pass, star defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska stepped up, intercepting Tiger quarterback Blaine Gabbert at the Missouri 18, the first Gabbert interception of the season.

Two players later, Lee found Paul again in the end zone, and Nebraska had made up a 12-point deficit in 2:01. The two-point conversion failed, and the Huskers led 13-12.

On the ensuing drive, Gabbert threw another interception to Dejon Gomes, who returned the ball to the Missouri eight-yard line. On third down Lee, who was about to be sacked, saw Mike McNeill wide open. McNeill waltzed into the end zone to give Nebraska a 20-12 lead.

Missouri still had a chance, down eight points with much of the quarter remaining, but failed to convert on 4th and 20 from the Nebraska 32-yard line. Gabbert, forced to scramble, threw a desperate incompletion with 5:32 left.

Nebraska tacked on a final touchdown with 0:56 left on a Roy Helu Jr. carry.

For all the slow, methodical control the Tigers maintained throughout the first three quarters, Nebraska totally dominated the fourth.

The first half was relatively even until the last drive.

With 0:03 left in the first half, the Tigers gambled and went for a touchdown from the one-yard line on fourth down. Gabbert plunged across the end zone as time ran out. Grant Ressel’s extra point made the score 9-0, and Missouri left the field with enhanced momentum.

Suh made his presence felt quickly. He forced Blaine Gabbert to fumble on the Tigers’ second drive, which killed a once-promising Missouri scoring opportunity.

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j r October 9, 2009 | 1:33 a.m.

Not to flame the board, but that was pretty strange to see a Mizzou player cry on ESPN, thought they should not have shown that, since the game was a good game and all. Complain to youtube on that one, as it will be there for a long time. I do not feel bad one bit for mizzou, should not have talked so much garbage on the boards, but most fans were goood on both sides, but it happens, GO BIG RED, Suh is a manchild.........

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jerry garcia October 9, 2009 | 2:56 a.m.

It just goes to show you that Missouri, although they put up a tough road game, will never ever be in the same breath as Nebraska. What we showed tonight was resolve and discipline. Our kids never gave up and eventually in the fourth quarter they showed what they're capable of. I don't think I need to remind Missouri fans what our defense is capable of. I think it was pretty obvious they carried us through that game. Eventually the offense started to execute and it only fueled the defense. I only hope Blaine Gabbert is ready for this type of punishment for the next few years because he's going to know what pain and humiliation feel like on a regular basis.

Nebraska has 820 all time wins and is fourth on the all time win list. We have five national championships. Three heismen trophy winners and a slew of other highly impressive accolades and accomplishments. We have one of the proudest and most successful football programs in the history of college football. And as you know, some of the classiest fans in the world (i'm not one of them).

We dominate the Big XII North!!! No one else is going to take that from us. That should be, and always has been, our bread and butter. From there it's seeing what the Big XII South powers can bring to the table, punching them in the mouth and see how they react.

Bottom line, we're back no doubt. We're a well coached, disciplined, hard noised, blue collar team that is very intent and very focused on their goals. This does not fair well for the rest of the Big XII. Hide the woman and children because we're coming to beat you.. in front of your family.

"Dear Lord the battles we go through life.
We ask for a chance that's fair.
A chance to equal our stride, a chance to do or dare.
If we should win, let it be by the code.
Faith and honor held high.
If we should lose, we'll stand by the road and cheer as the winners go bye.

Day by day!!!
We get better and better!!!!
Til we can't be beat!!!!

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Charles Dudley Jr October 9, 2009 | 3:36 a.m.

I'm sure my dad went to sleep happy last night knowing his Huskers won another one.

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John Schultz October 9, 2009 | 3:45 a.m.

Yo Jerry, Mizzou should never be mentioned in the same breath as Nebraska? Please do remind us where your team finished last year. You got the win this time, but don't take the team's success and wear it as your personal mantle, it makes you look small.

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Chris Fleshner October 9, 2009 | 6:02 a.m.

John Schultz - Nebraksa has had a huge fan base - not for just a season. Let the record speak for itself and also, now that we've had a few key wins (in the traditional Nebraska style) - can't we boast a little without personal attacks?

Never look back - always look forward, and let us wear Red with pride and honor.

Go Big Red!

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James Herring October 9, 2009 | 7:08 a.m.

It amazes me... I have seen Nebraska fans talk trash every year. What, you couldn't handle some trash talk before the game?

I have been around Mizzou a long time. But now, in my opinion, Nebraska seems like the football jock who graduated, and tries to relive its glory by saying look at my record. Mizzou could do that-like for the last couple of years. I give credit where credit is due: the die hard fans on both sides. But Nebraska fans, please...give it up. Yes, you won. But don't try and drag your history in. Had Mizzou won, I would be proud and yes I am sure there would be fans talking trash...again on both sides. But make it for the here and now. Your past teams didn't win this, just like our past teams didn't loose this game. Focus on the players who did their job, and be proud of both great teams; those who won and unfortunately those that lost. Sportmanship on and off the field makes the person, the team and ultimately the fans.

Congratulations Nebraska.

I am always with you, Mizzou!

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David Love October 9, 2009 | 7:54 a.m.

As a lifelong husker fan I am glad we won a game we probably had no business winning. It's a nice change of pace, especially on the road. To say that we are a well coached, disciplined team is over stating what happened last night. Excessive penalties...coaching, horrible special team play...coaching, no imagination in play calling...coaching. Zac lee may be the worst QB in the country, 2 big games this year, 2 horrible performances. Suh is a man amongst boys on both sides of the ball.
We won the game, someone had to. If we cant correct our problems its going to be a tough season. Good luck the rest of the way Missouri, you played well last night.

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Nate Ratcliff October 9, 2009 | 8:39 a.m.

A stunned team and MU fans are no doubt asking themselves how we lost that game. The answer is simple, we are reloading, rebuilding, retooling, call it what you like; this team is going to make some mistakes and coaches have to make judgment calls regarding players and plays. Those decisions will not always work to perfection. Our “re” something team blew a game in the fourth quarter. As upsetting as that was, of greater importance is how we respond to the Nebraska game. Winning football is all about resilience and mental attitude. Our team should be very angry right now but our team must channel that energy into well executed football at the Oklahoma State game. We fans should be very frustrated right now but we must channel that energy into even stronger support of our team. The success of this season may depend on how well all Tigers respond to a loss rather than to a win.

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Paper Tiger October 9, 2009 | 9:30 a.m.

The above is an interesting choice of photos to accompany the article. Nebraska's Suh was called for a "horsecollar" penalty on the play. How so? It looks like all jersey
to any fair observer. Last night's game was very poorly officiated in many respects. Luckily, the better team won anyway. Too much defense for Mo to overcome. Go Big Red!

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John Schultz October 9, 2009 | 9:42 a.m.

Chris, maybe you should do that boasting on a Nebraska paper's website? I can't stand the Huskers, Jayhawks, or especially the Red Wings and some of their fans, but I don't go out of my way to post comments on their local media websites after my team wins. Enjoy your win with those who appreciate it instead of appearing to rub opposing fans' noses in it.

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mike kraus October 9, 2009 | 10:36 a.m.

Let use jerry garcis logic. We can stop playing football. Texas wins the Big 12. They are number 3 on the all time win list. Or could it be Oklahoma, they have the most big 12 championship wins. Should Nebraska get a bowl bid against Michigan or Note Dame, stay home, they are number 1 and 2.
As far as a "dominate" team n the north division Colorado also has 4 titles.
Lets talk national titles. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Army have more national titles to name but a few.
Heisman winners? Southen Cal, Note Dame and Ohio State have had twice the number of winners as Nebraska.
Now lets face it, 2 teams and the officials played sloppy football under sloppy condition. In reality both teams deserved to lose. A championship caliber team was not on the feild last night. Both teams have a lot of work ahead of them.

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ED VINTON October 9, 2009 | 11:36 a.m.

It was nice to see the Huskers pull out the win, but we are far from back. When NU starts beating Oklahoma and Texas on a regular basis, then we're back. No disrespect to Missouri but the level of the Big XII North is still behind both Texas and OU. That being said the Huskers seem to be closing the gap, and I see OU having four losses after a visit to Lincoln.

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JESSE SWAIN October 9, 2009 | 12:19 p.m.

The game last night showed 2 very tough teams fighting each other to the end, as most Ne/Mo games seem to go. I have been raised a husker, and have always had a great respect for the Mo football program as do most husker fans. Hope the brash comments from some of the above don't come across as representing all husker fans. We have a long way to go. See ya next year.

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Jerry Winke October 9, 2009 | 1:50 p.m.

We suck; couldn't move the ball at all against NU's defense. Not to mention Gabbert should have had 5 INTs if the NU DBs would have had a dry ball to catch. We've got a long way to go before we can compete with NU again. They're young on both sides of the ball. Don't let me go into the bad calling...Mizzou first half TD (NOT); Suh hands to the face (NOT), Suh horse collar (NOT, 4th qtr o/b Mizzou catch (NOT). We suck.

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Joel Shaw October 9, 2009 | 2:03 p.m.

I think a new name should be mentioned in the Heisman voting. If there is a more disruptive Defensive Lineman in the country, I'd like to see him. Ndamukong Suh for my vote.
Who says it always has to be a QB or a RB that gets the Hardware in NY? How about the physical & emotional leader of a team, whatever side of the ball he plays on?

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Leanne Miller October 9, 2009 | 4:36 p.m.

Some of you MU fans sound a little bitter, why can't we NU fans boast over a huge successful win last night. I have been listening to the MU fans at my job for the past year, you guys don't know when to quit harrassing people oh yea, now you do after you lose. Don't ever think that I won't rub it in a little just as the MU fans have done to me. I use too stay very quiet, but after the past few years I have been waiting for this moment.

MU will never produce a national championship team, NU will be in the hunt for one in the next two years, remember that! You may be rebuilding, but so are we, we have almost all new coaches and look at what they have done in two seasons, we will be on MU's azz from here on out. Even if we lose another game or two this season, we still beat MU!

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Trish Dietz October 9, 2009 | 6:55 p.m.

Missouri Fans!!! The majority of Husker Nation never roots against the Conference....can you say the same? Husker Nation was happy when you won the Big XII Basketball Tournament because a majority favor the old Big Eight Schools over the Texas schools as well as North over South. We were happy you won all your none conference games this year...wish we could have done the same. We are sad to hear anyone is injured and concerned when Griffen and Bradford were hurt as well. Huskers don't relish in the misfortunes of FAMILY. You all need to relax and calm down.... remember football is just a game and the sooner you realize and accept reality you may be able to enjoy football it is ...tough love.
Mizzou's chance of ever winning a National Championship in football let alone the Big Twelve is as slim as Nebraska's chance of winning either in basketball. We like to believe any of those could happen though ... everyone loves the underdogs!
The Tigers WILL beat the Huskers again someday and hopefully you will learn to become gracious winners. It would also benefit you to resign to the fact that you will NEVER EVER have 5 National Championships! You had a few peak years and good for you...enjoy and reflect with pride. If Mizzou would by chance win the Big Twelve North this year ....good luck! Go TIGERS beat the Longhorns or whoever. We will be rooting for you.... unless the Longhorns would have a chance to play for the National Championship in which case the conference would benefit more if Texas wins. Are you getting how this your conference teams and PLAY NICE!
The success of conference means more money and national recognition for the conference. We all Win$$$ If you are not capable of getting past this is a few weeks away!!

Love, Aunt PolyAnna HuskerChick

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chuck haefele October 9, 2009 | 11:41 p.m.

I am a Mizzou alum who has lived in Lincoln from the day I graduated from Mizzou. I am a big Husker fan. I agree with some of the comments left by Mizzou fans. Husker fans should enjoy the win, but not gloat about it or talk smack about it. It wasn't like we dominated them the whole game on both sides of the ball. And to the Husker fans, admit that Mizzou is finally a team to be reckoned with on a yearly basis. They are here to stay. Great rivalries (bad spelling) are built by teams traded shots on the field. And the Huskers have taken there share over the past few seasons. This year the Tigers took one. I think its GREAT for the Big 12 north, and its a game we can all look forward to with great anticipation every year. Lets not turn it barrage of insults back & forth. Both teams, and their fans deserve better. GO MIZZOU....KILL THOSE JAYHAWKS....and as always.....GO BIG RED!!!

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Bill Galvin October 10, 2009 | 2:07 a.m.

Missou certainly did not play well offensively due largely to NU's defense and perhaps the weather affected both offenses as NU didn't exactly move the ball either. Big part of that might have been the fact that on a night that dictated running
passing was the only thing either team relied on, NU because MU had 8 guys in the box and MU because of an obviously deficient running game. Missouri and Nebraska actually have a pretty close series, but Nebraska has on more occasions been the victor when it mattered for the hardware.I think Missouri will rebound and this win will be a big one for Nebraska as Missou will probably finish ranked at the end of the year. The telling part for me was when the rain slacked off a little in the 4th Nebraska executed, Gabbert is talented but he doesnt have the finishers instinct yet ( and yes the ankle surely hindered him some). Missouri might be in for another long run of loses because of the changing of the guard in Lincoln, so MU fans you might prepare yourself for making KU your big game again every year.

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bryan brower October 11, 2009 | 12:14 p.m.

Typical Mizzou, read the headline, Nebraska stuns Mizzou? How did Nebraska stun Mizzou? We have one of the best defenses in the nation, proven against Va Tech, with the exception of one air head play, we'd be in the top 10. How did we stun? The entire nation knew Suh is the best defensive linemen and Mizzou still couldn't stop him. The long pass Gabbert had late in the second quarter was allowed because a Nebraska back slipped. The safety was a result of an inexperienced Nebraska long snapper. 9-0 halftime, how is that shocking that we actually put a real drive together, against 11 upright defenders? And how about the horse collar call on Suh. Clearly had his jersey, and Gabbert knows exactly when he got hurt. He was so scared you could tell from his impatience and forced throws.
Point of the comment, typical Mizzou nation saying Nebraska stunned Mizzou

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Charles Dudley Jr October 11, 2009 | 6:45 p.m.

>>> How did Nebraska stun Mizzou? <<<

Fourth quarter + 27 points in said quarter = spanked.

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Ellis Smith October 12, 2009 | 4:24 p.m.

Regarding the Heisman Trophy, I believe the original intent was to award the trophy to backs (any backfield position) and ends. With spread formations, featuring players lined up well away from the ball, the "ends" designation now seems archaic; I doubt we will see any tight ends nominated for the Heisman.

Did anyone view the NCAA game Saturday night on ABC? Now that game was a barn burner! It went down to the 1+ minute mark before it was decided and it had several lead changes.

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