Coverage: ABC Regional coverage
1:00 PM ET, November 29, 2003
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Brad Smith ran for 195 yards and two long touchdowns and Zack Abron set the school career rushing record and also ran for a score in Missouri's 45-7 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
Missouri (8-4, 4-4 Big 12) was 6-0 at Faurot Field, the school's first unbeaten season at home since 1974. The Tigers, who ended a four-game losing streak against Iowa State, have eight regular-season wins for the first time since 1980 with a bowl game remaining.
Iowa State quarterback Waye Terry was taken off the field on a stretcher with an apparent head or neck injury late in the third quarter.
Stevie Hicks had 123 yards on 28 carries, his first career 100-yard game, for the Cyclones (2-10, 0-8), who lost their final 10 games of the season.
Smith has a chance to become the first player in NCAA history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 in two seasons. He scored on runs of 19 and 61 yards. Smith has a team-leading 1,310 yards rushing, and passed for 108 yards to give him 1,822.
Missouri put Iowa State away after a slow start, getting two touchdowns in the final 3:48 of the first half to break up a scoreless game. The Tigers had two more touchdowns and a field goal in the third quarter for a 31-7 lead.
Abron had 46 yards on 11 carries and has 3,061 career yards, surpassing the record of 3,027 set by Brock Olivo from 1994-97. Earlier in the season he broke the career scoring and touchdown record held by Corby Jones, also from 1995-98.
Damien Nash scored two touchdowns, including a 61-yard run in the fourth quarter and totaled 91 yards on 10 carries.
Marcus James also set a school career mark for return yards, and his 36-yard punt return set up Smith's 19-yard run with 3:48 to go in the half.
Iowa State called timeout late in the half when Missouri was deep in its territory and appeared content to run out the clock. The move backfired.
Facing 2nd-and 19, Smith ran for 13 and 7 yards. Then Abron, on 4th-and-2, ran for a 17-yard score to make it 14-0 with 33 seconds left.
Iowa State cut the gap to seven points when Lane Danielsen got behind the defense for a 62-yard touchdown pass from Terry with two seconds to go.
Matheny hit a 44-yarder, matching his career best, for a 17-7 lead in the third quarter. Missouri took a 10-point lead only 19 seconds later with Nash scoring on a 4-yard run after Atiyyah Ellison stripped Terry of the ball and Xzavie Jackson returned it 18 yards.