No. 14 Nebraska Upsets No. 7 Missouri In Lincoln, 31-17

A Big 12 North Division battle takes place in Lincoln on Saturday, as the seventh-ranked Missouri Tigers pay a visit to the 14th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.

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Missouri Vs. Nebraska: Roy Helu Spits Fire, Beats Tigers Singlehandedly

Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - Roy Helu Jr. ran for a single-game school- record 307 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, as 14th-ranked Nebraska downed No. 7 Missouri, 31-17, at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez didn't start the third quarter after limping off the field at halftime. The freshman suffered an apparent leg injury late in the second quarter but finished the first half before being replaced by Zac Lee on the Cornhuskers' first series of the third quarter.

Martinez completed 6-of-9 passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. He also ran 12 times for 16 yards.

The Cornhuskers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) beat their second straight unbeaten opponent after winning at Oklahoma State last Saturday.

Blaine Gabbert threw for 199 yards on 18-of-42 attempts with one touchdown and one interception for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1), who were coming off the euphoria off a 36-27 triumph at home over then-BCS leading Oklahoma.

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Missouri Vs. Nebraska: Tigers Know Hope, And Then Forget To Cover Roy Helu

The first half of the third quarter of Missouri-Nebraska was a snoozy affair for almost exactly half its minutes. The Tigers were riddled with sacks and incompletions on their first set of downs, and Zac Lee, in for the injured Taylor Martinez, puts together a drive that consists of one handoff, a 10-yard Huskers penalty, and two incomplete passes. Nebraska punts.

This is about where Missouri decides they'd like to try putting together a real football drive, and for four minutes, it's all Blaine Gabbert. He gets a 25-yard rush all by his lonesome, completes two third-down conversion passes to Michael Egnew, and finally hits T.J. Moe down the middle for a 23-yard score.

Nebraska, being today's Nebraska, returns the kickoff 28 yards (Tin Marlowe on the carry) and puts in Roy Helu, who needs two tries this time to break free for a 54-yard scoring run. With 6:55 remaining in the third quarter, Nebraska leads Missouri, 31-14.

INJURY UPDATE: Taylor Martinez limped off the field at the end of the second quarter and has yet to return to play, but other than "he hurt his leg," nobody's talking.

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Missouri Vs. Nebraska: Tigers On The Board With De'Vion Moore TD

As the second quarter gets underway in Lincoln, it appears the Tigers have decided to get in the game after all. It's Nebraska that's held to a three-and-out to open this quarter, ending with a thumping sack of Taylor Martinez. Blaine Gabbert gets the ball back and gets pass-happy right away, hitting Jerrell Jackson, Michael Egnew, and T.J. Moe with consecutive completions of seven, four, and nine yards. An incompletion, a five-yard penalty and a short pass to Egnew bring the Tigers to fourth-and-1, and De'Vion Moore takes his ball and goes home, running left for a 33-yard touchdown. The Tigers are on the board, with 11:34 remaining in the second quarter and Nebraska leading 24-7.

Mizzou doesn't appear to be done defending, either, sacking Martinez on the Huskers' first ensuing play and stuffing him for a two-yard loss on third down. Might this be a ballgame still? Stay tuned.

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Missouri Vs. Nebraska: Blowout Brewing In Lincoln?

We may be experiencing the very early stages of a blowout here in Lincoln. After falling behind 10-0, the Tigers appear for one infinitesimal moment to be ready to compete. Blaine Gabbert completes his first pass to T.J. Moe for 21 yards, throws an incompletion, hands off to Kendial Lawrence for two more yards, and is sacked on 3rd-and-8. Mizzou punts.

Taylor Martinez goes back to work, and hits Ben Cotton straight out of the gate for 22 yards, then rushes for eight more of his own. Rex Burkhead catches a five-yard pass to convert; Martinez rushes for one yard on first down, then fires a 40-yard touchdown strike to Kyler Reed. 5:35 remaining in the quarter. Nebraska 17, Missouri 0.

You'll be shocked to learn Missouri's next set of downs does not go well. Nebraska gets it back two minutes and 12 seconds later, and Roy Helu runs on first down for a 73-yard touchdown.

Mizzou's next set of downs ends with a 15-yard Blaine Gabbert interception, and the first quarter ends with Nebraska up 24-0. The Huskers have 256 yards of offense. Missouri has 20.

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Missouri Vs. Nebraska: Roy Helu Puts Huskers Up Early, 10-0

The Huskers have jumped out to an early lead at home in Lincoln, on their very first play from scrimmage. After kicking a touchback to open the game, the Blackshirts force a three-and-out from Missouri that took a leisurely 54 seconds to complete. All three offensive plays are given to Blaine Gabbert, and all three prove fruitless. He attempts a rush right for no gain, throws an incomplete pass to the left, and one to the right. Matt Grabner's punt is returned by Rex Burkhead for four yards to the Nebraska 34 -- and on the Husker's first offensive play, Roy Helu runs left and ran loose for a 66-yard touchdown.

Another rapid Tigers' three-and-out follows, this one also lasting less than a minute, and now it's Taylor Martinez's turn. He hits Brandon Kinnie for a 13-yard gain, Niles Paul for a 21-yard gain, and with three more rushes and some additional help from Roy Helu, the Huskers are held to a 41-yard field goal.

With 10:25 remaining in the first quarter, Nebraska leads Missouri, 10-0.

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