Late surge lifts Nebraska

Associated Press / October 9, 2009

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Zac Lee threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul, and Ndamukong Suh and Dejon Gomes intercepted passes to set up two more fourth-quarter scores in No. 21 Nebraska’s 27-12 victory over No. 24 Missouri last night in Columbia, Mo.

Lee completed 14 of 33 passes for 158 yards and three TDs to help Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) overcome a 12-0 deficit in cold and rainy conditions.

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, fourth in the country in passing efficiency with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions entering game, completed just 17 of 43 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns.

Missouri (4-1, 0-1) built a 12-0 lead after three quarters, its lone touchdown coming on Gabbert’s 1-yard sneak on fourth down with two seconds remaining in the first half.

Nebraska rallied with three touchdowns barely three minutes apart early in fourth quarter. After Lee hit Paul with the 56-yarder, Nebraska defensive tackle Suh deflected and then intercepted Gabbert’s pass and the Huskers scored on Lee’s 13-yard pass to Paul to make it 13-12. A 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Nebraska made it 20-12 on Lee’s 8-yard TD pass to tight end Mike McNeill. The score was set up by Gomes’s 40-yard interception return to Missouri’s 10.

A steady downpour fell throughout much of the game. In the first half alone, the teams combined for 11 punts, 9 penalties, and 6 fumbles - including three muffed punts by Nebraska. For the game, Nebraska had 12 penalties and Missouri eight, with each losing more than 100 yards for those violations. Both teams punted eight times.

Colgate 21, Princeton 14 - Nate Eachus had two 2-yard scoring runs in overtime and the undefeated Raiders (6-0) stopped the host Tigers on downs on the final possession to win the nonconference matchup.

Princeton (1-3) tied it, 7-7, with 9:45 left in the fourth quarter on Tommy Wornham’s 31-yard TD pass to Trey Peacock, and took a 14-7 lead in the first OT on Wornham’s 23-yard scoring pass to Andrew Kerr.