Mizzou Hammers Huskers

1 decade 1 year 3 months ago Saturday, October 06 2007 Oct 6, 2007 Saturday, October 06, 2007 11:14:14 PM CDT October 06, 2007 in Sports
The Nebraska-Missouri match up is long viewed as a battle to decide the Big 12 North. For the number-17 Tigers, it was an opportunity to step up. Missouri, is now 5-0, remaining undefeated.  The Nebraska game was the first Big 12 game for the second straight year. Last year the team finished 8-5. The Tigers won its third straight against the Cornhuskers at home, and the team carries a higher ranking in the match up for the first time since 1969. Mizzou has yet to win the North, which is far from a given with the Nebraska win. The Cornhuskers are now 4-2.

Chase Daniel passed for a career-best 401 yards and ran for two scores and No. 17 Missouri got a big game from its suspect defense in a 41-6 victory over No 25 Nebraska on Saturday night.

Nebraska, which entered the game averaging 36 points, was held without a touchdown for the first time since a 31-3 loss to Oklahoma on Nov. 13, 2004. Missouri's four nonconference opponents averaged 25 points, leading to pregame anticipation of a high-scoring affair that never materialized.

The Cornhuskers were out gained 606-297.

Daniel also was Missouri's rushing leader with 72 yards on 11 carries. Chase Coffman and Danario Alexander each caught a touchdown pass to help the Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) beat Nebraska decisively at home for the third straight time and go to 5-0for a second straight season.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is 2-15 against ranked opponents in seven seasons, both victories coming at home over Nebraska. The Cornhuskers were ranked 10th when Missouri ended a 24-game losing streak in the series with a 41-24 victory in 2003, and Missouri won by the same score in 2005.

A game viewed as a key early Big 12 North match up attracted a crowd of 70,049, Missouri's first sellout since the Nebraska game in 2003 with most fans clad in yellow for a so-called "Gold Rush" game. Missouri had a ball and even rubbed it in to their longtime nemesis, scoring a touchdown off a fake field goal early in the fourth quarter.

Missouri put away Nebraska (4-2, 1-1) without leading rusher Tony Temple, who sprained his right ankle in the first half. Temple had one catch for 20 yards and three carries for minus-2 yards.

Marlon Lucky had 123 yards rushing and receiving for Nebraska, held to a pair of first-half field goals by Alex Henery. Nebraska had won eight in a row against Big 12 North opponents.

Missouri led 14-0 in the first quarter and 20-6 at the half, a big change from last year's 34-20 loss at Lincoln, Neb., in which the Tigers trailed 27-3 in the second quarter. Nebraska capitalized on a pair of early interceptions off Daniel in that game.

Daniel set the tone from the start on Saturday, going 12-for-14 for 127 yards while leading Missouri to touchdowns on its first two drives. One of the incompletions came on a dropped ball.

He finished 33-for-47.


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