12:00 PM ET, October 30, 2004
Memorial Stadium, LINCOLN, NE
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Cory Ross ran for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nebraska to a 24-3 victory over Missouri on Saturday, giving the Cornhuskers sole possession of first place in the Big 12 North.
Missouri (4-4, 2-3 Big 12) outgained Nebraska (5-3, 3-2) 328-235, but still lost its third straight game.
Nebraska relied heavily on its special teams, with Andrew Shanle blocking a punt and recovering a fumble on another botched punt attempt to set up the Huskers' first two touchdowns.
With Nebraska leading 17-3 late in the fourth, Ross iced the game with a career-long 86-yard run after Missouri turned the ball over on downs deep in Huskers territory.
Otherwise, the two offenses struggled to produce points, combining for 20 punts.
Missouri quarterback Brad Smith ran 21 times for a season-low 25 yards, but he completed 24-of-56 passes for a season-high 277 yards.
Nebraska's Joe Dailey was 4-of-18 for 26 yards.
The Huskers broke a 3-3 tie in the second quarter when Shanle blocked Matt Hoenes' punt and Adam Ickes returned it 16 yards for a touchdown.
Nebraska upped its lead to 17-3 late in the third after another Missouri punt attempt that went awry. Hoenes bobbled the snap, sprinted to his right under pressure from Shanle and then whiffed as he tried to kick the ball on the run.
Shanle recovered, and Ross followed with a 15-yard touchdown run.
Nebraska drove 52 yards in 10 plays on the game's first series, with Sandro DeAngelis kicking a 41-yard field goal.
Missouri tied it early in the second quarter after Brandon Massey partially blocked Sam Koch's punt. The Huskers' Kellen Huston recovered, then spiked the ball in anger for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that set up Joe Tantarelli's 39-yard field goal.
The Tigers arrived in Lincoln just three hours before kickoff. Their chartered plane went off the runway in wet conditions Friday at the Columbia, Mo., airport. No one was injured.
Instead of having the travel party wait at the airport while the plane was inspected and the Federal Aviation Administration conducted an investigation, the decision was made to fly to Lincoln on Saturday, Missouri spokesman Chad Moller said.
Moller said the Tigers' flight landed at 8:10 a.m. Kickoff was at 11:10 a.m.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-24||1-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-4||0-1|
|FG||11:14||SANDRO DEANGELIS 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yards.
|FG||14:46||JOE TANTARELLI 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
|TD||9:42||ADAM ICKES 16 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (SANDRO DEANGELIS KICK)||3||10|
|TD||1:34||CORY ROSS 15 YD RUN (SANDRO DEANGELIS KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yards.
|TD||2:56||CORY ROSS 86 YD RUN (SANDRO DEANGELIS KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 92 yards.