In its first game after having beaten No. 1 Oklahoma, Missouri started in a no-back spread. On the first play, there was pressure. On the third play, Mizzou quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw it to the band. The Tigers punted, then. And that was that. On Nebraska’s first play from scrimmage, Roy Helu Jr. was gone. And the balloons launched. And the place shook. And like that, it was over. That was it. Thank you for coming, drive home safely, have a good night. The rest was mere formality. Nebraska 31, previously unbeaten Missouri 17. The only bright note for Missouri was that it took Helu a full 10 seconds to go 66 yards. It made the time of knockout look just a little better. One minute, 14 seconds; 1:14. Michael Spinks lasted longer. Helu would later go for 73 yards and another touchdown, giving him three carries for 142 in the first quarter and a 24-0 Nebraska lead. It looked like old school Big Red. Vintage. Helu would break Nebraska’s all-time single-game rushing mark, finishing with 307 yards on 28 carries, 11 a crack. And it was never close. On the day before Halloween, Missouri was unmasked. Nebraska snatched the… Read full this story
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