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Missouri appears to have game under control

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's defense has played better than I anticipated.

Nebraska's presumed strength in the trenches was expected to be its biggest advantage -- especially on a rainy night where the slick conditions would make offensive football an adventure.

But Blaine Gabbert has played well. Even after being slung to the ground like a rag doll by Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh in the first quarter, Gabbert has shown resiliency as he plays on an ankle injury that is forcing him to limp noticeably.

It will be on Gabbert's shoulders the rest of the game. I think Missouri's defense is playing so well that Nebraska will be challenged to score the rest of the game.

Gabbert likely doesn't have to make any big plays, but just avoid the critical mistake or two that could get the Cornhuskers back in the game.