LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Receiver Maurice Purify threw a touchdown
pass and caught another and Nebraska took sole possession of first
place in the Big 12 North with a 34-20 victory over Missouri on
The Cornhuskers (7-3, 4-2) beat Missouri for the 15th straight
time in Lincoln and can clinch a berth in the conference
championship with a win over either Texas A&M next weekend or
Colorado on Nov. 24.
Nebraska, which lost to Oklahoma State last week after
squandering a 16-0 lead, had some anxious moments against the
Tigers (7-3, 3-3) after scoring on five of seven possessions to go
As was the case in the Tigers' two previous losses, they
couldn't overcome turnovers. Nebraska defensive end Adam Carriker
had an interception and set up one for Bo Ruud by tipping a Chase
Daniel pass at the line of scrimmage. The Huskers converted both
into second-quarter touchdowns.
In their losses, the Tigers have turned over the ball 10 times,
with seven converted into 41 points.
Brandon Jackson led Nebraska with 111 yards and a touchdown on
32 carries. He also caught three screen passes for 61 yards.
Zac Taylor threw two touchdown passes to run his season total to
20, matching the 30-year-old school record set by Vince Ferragamo.
Taylor was 13-of-21 for 208 yards.
Daniel was 20-for-38 and 244 yards to total 2,531 yards in 10
games and break the single-season yardage record set by Jeff Handy
Daniel hit some big passes while leading Missouri on an 18-play,
80-yard drive to pull the Tigers within two touchdowns with 8:10
left. The Tigers converted three fourth downs on their way to
Daniel's 19-yard TD pass to Chase Coffman.
The Tigers threatened again, moving to the Huskers 28 after
Nebraska went three and out on its next series. Daniel threw to
Jared Perry to the 25 on a scramble, but a video review showed that
Daniel's knee touched the ground before he passed. The Tigers
couldn't convert a fourth-and-23.
The Huskers ran back-to-back trick plays to score their first
touchdown. Terrence Nunn picked up 18 yards on an end-around before
Purify took a reverse handoff and lofted a perfect strike to Nunn
for a 28-yard touchdown.
It was 17-0 a couple minutes later after Carriker's
interception. William Franklin was about to catch a pass at the
line when Ola Dagunduro rammed him, causing the ball to pop up.
Carriker was there to pull it in at the Missouri 22. Six plays
later Taylor threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Purify.
The Huskers went up 24-3 after Bo Ruud intercepted a pass tipped
by Carriker and ran it back 40 yards. Taylor threw a 17-yard pass
to Hunter Teafatiller on the next play.