Final: Missouri 41, Nebraska 6
Those tricky Tigers. MU lined up in field goal formation on fourth down from the Nebraska 11, but holder Tommy Saunders faked out everyone when he flicked a shovel pass to Rucker, who bulldozed his way into the end zone for a touchdown.
The Tigers kept Nebraska from scoring again after putting more pressure on Keller and forcing the Husker to punt.
Third quarter: Missouri 34, Nebraska 6
The second half started much like the first half ended: with MU dominating on both sides of the ball.
The Huskers got the ball to open the half, but the MU defense shut them down. Defensive end Tommy Chavis had an eight-yard sack, and Keller missed an open receiver on third-and-22.
After Nebraska punted, the Jeremy Maclin show continued. He had an 18-yard run on a reverse and caught a 26-yard floater from Daniel to the Nebraska 5. Two plays later Daniel scored his second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from three yards out.
Pig Brown ended Nebraska’s next drive after he stepped in front of a receiver and picked off Keller’s pass on third-and-11.
Receiver Danario Alexander proved the dislocated wrist he injured against Illinois had healed after catching a bullet from Daniel and racing 48 yards down the field for a touchdown. The extra point made it 34-6 Tigers.
Nebraska is stuffed on its next drive after a pack of Tigers, led by Van Alexander, stopped running back Cody Glenn on a fourth-and-1 play from the MU 33-yard line.
MU ended the third quarter at Nebraska’s 21-yard line.
Halftime: Missouri 20, Nebraska 6
After the Tigers punted, Nebraska’s drive started at their own 19-yard line.
MU safety Pig Brown committed a late hit penalty on a third-and-15 play, giving Nebraska a first down. However, Brown was bailed out later in the drive when Nebraska was called for an illegal touch and was forced to punt.
The Tigers took the ball from their own 20 and again marched down the field. Daniel hit receiver Will Franklin and running back Tony Temple for a pair of 20-yard gains, helping MU get to the Nebraska 6. However, the drive stalled from there, and the Tigers had to settle for a Jeff Wolfert 23-yard field goal.
Temple appeared to get injured during the drive and was seen hobbling to the locker room after the field goal.
Keller made several mid-range completions on Nebraska’s next position, and the Huskers had a first-and-goal from the MU 10-yard line. However, Nebraska would only go backward from there. Linebacker Van Alexander sacked Keller for a 7-yard loss on the next play, and a delay of game penalty drove Nebraska back even farther. Henery hit a 39-yard field goal after Keller threw an incompletion on third-and-22.
The Tigers got the ball back with less than two minutes in the half, and Daniel ran a draw for a 29-yard gain to the Nebraska 30. With 17 seconds left and MU at the 10-yard line, Daniel threw a jump ball to Coffman in the back of the end zone that was ruled incomplete. Wolfert hit a 33-yard field goal with nine seconds left.
First quarter: Missouri 14, Nebraska 3
The Missouri Tigers marched down the field with authority on the opening drive of the game against Nebraska. Quarterback Chase Daniel hit tight ends Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker on a pair of 17-yard gains and receiver Jeremy Maclin had a 9-yard run. Daniel scored a touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback draw two plays after a pass interference call, capping a 12 play, 80 yard drive.
The Tigers' defense played equally inspired the first time it got on the field, forcing Nebraska into a three-and-out. The Tigers offense would capitalize.
Daniel threw a 12-yard pass to receiver Tommy Saunders on third-and-7 from the MU 24. After a timeout, the Tigers ran an end-around flea flicker that resulted in Daniel hitting Rucker down the middle for a big gain. Later in the drive, Daniel threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Coffman to give the Tigers a two-touchdown lead.
Nebraska had good field position after a long kickoff return. The Cornhuskers drove down the field, but the Tigers forced an incomplete pass from quarterback Sam Keller on third-and-2 from the 9-yard line. Kicker Alex Henery made a 26-yard field goal.