Postgame Notes from Nebraska, Missouri
Nebraska Post-Game Notes
Nebraska 31, Missouri 17
-Nebraska senior I-back Roy Helu Jr. rushed for a school-record 307 yards with three touchdowns on a career-high-matching 28 carries. The Danville, Calif., native surpassed the previous school record of 294 yards and six touchdowns on 27 carries by Calvin Jones against Kansas on Nov. 9, 1991. Helu had 228 yards and three touchdowns on his first 10 carries today. He increased his career total to 2,966 yards, while improving his season total to 807 yards. It was his 11th career 100-yard rushing game and first career 200-plus rushing performance.
-Nebraska improved to 7-1 for the first time since 2003 with today’s victory. The win over the No. 7 Tigers (AP) marked the highest-ranked team Nebraska has defeated since a 20-10 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma in 2001. The win ended a streak of 12 straight losses against AP top-10 teams.
-Nebraska’s win today combined with its win last week against No. 17 Oklahoma State marked the first time NU has defeated top-20 opponents in back-to-back games since defeating No. 12 Texas and No. 6 Tennessee in the final two games of the 1999 season.
-Nebraska improved to 5-2 against ranked teams since the start of the 2009 season, including 3-2 last season and 2-0 in 2010. The past two seasons marks the first time Nebraska has posted multiple wins over ranked teams in back-to-back seasons since 2000 and 2001.
-Today’s game marked the 12th straight game between the two schools that has been decided by 10 or more points.
-Nebraska outscored Missouri 24-0 in the first quarter of today’s game. Coupled with outscoring the Tigers 27-0 in the fourth quarter of last year’s game, Nebraska outscored MU, 51-0, in 30 minutes of action. Ironically, in the other six quarters of action between the two teams over the past two seasons, Mizzou outscored Nebraska 29-7.
-Nebraska has scored on its opening possession in six of eight games this season and is 6-0 in those games. NU has five TDs and one field goal on its opening possessions this season. Today’s game marked the fourth time this season Nebraska has scored a touchdown five minutes or less into a game (Western Kentucky, Washington, Oklahoma State). Nebraska has outscored its opponents 76-30 in the first quarter this season. Nebraska’s most points in a quarter this season was 28 in the second quarter of a 38-17 win over Idaho.
-Nebraska averaged 19.7 yards on 13 snaps in the first quarter of today’s game. The Huskers also has two one-play scoring drives in the first quarter (two Helu runs) and has five one-play scoring drives this season, with four of those coming on long Helu touchdown runs. Nebraska also has five returns for touchdowns this season.
-Roy Helu Jr. ran for a 66-yard touchdown on Nebraska’s first play from scrimmage. He added a career-long 73-yard run later in the first quarter and a 53-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Helu has six TD runs this season that have covered at least 53 yards, including a 58-yard run vs. Idaho, a 65-yarder at Washington and his previous career-long 68-yard rush at Kansas State, in addition to today’s runs.
-Helu moved into the Nebraska career rushing top 10 with the 66-yard run. Helu’s career rushing total now stands at 2,966 yards, putting him in sixth position on the NU rushing list. In today’s game, Helu passed Derek Brown (2,699), Cory Ross (2,743), Dahrran Diedrick (2,745), Lawrence Phillips (2,777) and I.M. Hipp (2,814) on the NU rushing list. Helu rushed for three touchdowns in today’s game, giving him 25 career rushing touchdowns, including eight in 2010. His three touchdowns today tied his career high (vs. Florida Atlantic, at Kansas in 2009).
-It was Helu’s 11th career 100-yard rushing game and his fourth of the 2010 season. Helu’s 100-yard rushing games this season have come on 9 (Idaho), 10 (Washington), 8 (K-State) and 28 carries. He reached 100 yards in today’s game on his third carry, his career-long 73-yard run. Helu’s previous career rushing high was 169 yards on 28 carries at Virginia Tech in 2009.
-Helu’s 307 rushing yards marked NU’s second 200-yard rushing game of the season, the first being Taylor Martinez’s 241 rushing yards at Kansas State.
-Senior kicker Alex Henery connected on a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter of today’s game, establishing a new school record with 18 consecutive made field goals. The previous record of 17 straight was held by Kris Brown. Henery did have a 51-yard attempt blocked in the fourth quarter, ending his consecutive made streak. Henery added four PATs, giving him a streak of 101 consecutive made extra points. He pushed his career scoring total to 358, moving him within 10 points of second place and 30 points of Brown’s school record 388 points.
-Sophomore tight end Kyler Reed caught a 40-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of today’s game. The TD was Reed’s fourth TD catch of the season among his six overall catches. Each of Reed’s four touchdowns have covered at least 33 yards, including a 33-yarder vs. South Dakota State, a 79-yard TD catch at Kansas State and a 41-yarder at Oklahoma State.
-Redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez completed 6-of-9 passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in today’s game, including 5-of-5 for 101 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. Martinez has connected on 29-of-44 passes in the past two games.
-Before sitting out the second half, Martinez rushed 12 times for 16 yards, leaving him 114 yards shy of becoming just the third freshman quarterback in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He remained third on NU freshman rushing chart and eighth on the Nebraska season quarterback rushing list.
-Nebraska limited Tiger quarterback Blaine Gabbert to an 18-for-42 passing effort for 199 yards and one interceptions. Gabbert completed only 10-of-26 passes before halftime, including an interception.
-Nebraska junior defensive tackle Jared Crick, one of 12 Lombardi semifinalists, finished today’s game with a season-high eight tackles, including a seven-yard sack, and two tackles for loss totaling seven yards. Crick pushed his season sack total to 4.5 and his career sack total to 14, just two shy of the Nebraska career top 10. Crick also had two quarterback hurries, pushing his season total to seven.
-Senior cornerback Prince Amukamara tied his career high with three pass breakups today (also Baylor, 2009), giving him a team-high 10 breakups this season. Amukamara has 24 career pass breakups good for seventh on the NU career pass breakups list.
-Senior defensive end Pierre Allen recorded two tackles, including a seven-yard sack in the first quarter. Allen now has 12.5 career sacks, including 2.5 this season. Allen also recorded two quarterback hurries to push his team-high total to 10.
-Senior defensive back DeJon Gomes finished the day with four tackles, an interception and two pass breakups. Gomes’ first-quarter interception was the sixth of his career and second against Missouri. He also has five career fumbles caused.
-The Nebraska defense finished the day with six sacks for 44 yards, its most since a season-high seven against Idaho. Nebraska has 18 sacks this season. Nebraska also had six pass breakups and seven hurries in today’s game.
-Today’s game captains were senior IB Roy Helu Jr., senior OL Keith Williams, senior CB Prince Amukamara and junior LB Mathew May.