Early Spurt, Too Much Helu, Sends Missouri Packing 31-17

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school-record 307 yards as No. 14 Nebraska knocked No. 7 Missouri from the ranks of the unbeatens with a 31-17 win Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Huskers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) held off the Tigers after building a 24-0 lead and moved into a first-place tie with Missouri in the Big 12 North. Nebraska earned the inside track to the division title by winning the head-to-head meeting.

Missouri (7-1, 3-1) has lost 17 straight road games against Top 25 opponents since 1997.

Helu ran for touchdowns of 66, 73 and 53 yards, the first coming on NU's first offensive play of the game. Quarterback Taylor Martinez didn't play in the second half after limping off the field at halftime.

Martinez came up hobbling after Missouri's Kenji Jackson hit him late in the second quarter. Martinez returned for one more series, but gave way to Zac Lee starting with the third quarter. The extent of Martinez's injury wasn't immediately known.

He had run 12 times for 16 yards and completed 6-of-9 passes for 115 yards. Martinez came into the game as the top freshman rusher in the
nation at 124.3 yards a game. His 8.7 yards per carry ranked first among the top 100 rushers nationally.

Nebraska put heavy pressure on Tiger QB Blaine Gabbert and held him to 18-of-42 passing for 199 yards. He was sacked six times.


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