Huskers' Pelini: Game tape doesn't show dirty tactics vs. Mizzou

Updated: October 6, 2008, 9:03 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said Sunday that he's been trying to reach Missouri coach Gary Pinkel to discuss Chase Daniel's comments about the Cornhuskers' being a dirty team.

The Missouri star quarterback said a Nebraska player spit on him during warm-ups before Saturday night's game, which Missouri won 52-17.

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"Nebraska was definitely one of the dirtiest teams I've played," Daniel said after the game. "You've got to settle it on the field, and I think we more than did that tonight."

Pelini said he watched video of the game and saw nothing out of line. He said he would investigate further, adding that it would be "unacceptable" if Daniel's accusation were true.

"I'm not going to say who it was," Daniel said Saturday. "He knows who it is. I think that's bush league. I've never done that. That's blatant disrespect."

Daniel was 18-for-23 for 253 yards and three touchdowns before turning things over to his backups in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers won in Lincoln for the first time in 30 years.

"We played awfully well," Pinkel said, "but there are still some things we can do to get better. There are always lessons to learn. My big thing is trying to keep this team focused and getting better."

Nebraska dented the Tigers for 369 yards, 290 through the air. Joe Ganz completed six passes longer than 20 yards and another half-dozen in the 10- to 15-yard range against Missouri's zone coverage.

"It's just little things that need to be fixed," said Tigers linebacker Brock Christopher, who returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown. "Breaking quicker on the ball. Seeing the three-step. Reading the quarterback's eyes and not biting on play fakes. We just have to put our time in and work on it."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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