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Lee's third-down conversion sparks Nebraska

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Nebraska's offense was struggling in almost every way imaginable during the first three quarters. But suddenly, the Cornhuskers have charged back thanks to a huge third-down conversion.

Zac Lee hooked up with Niles Paul on a 56-yard TD strike only 64 seconds into the fourth quarter to pull the Cornhuskers back within 12-7.

Paul got behind a Missouri secondary that hadn't made many busts in coverage.

How bad were the Cornhuskers' struggles in the first three quarters of the game? Nebraska had nine first downs, eight penalties and eight punts through three quarters.

But one huge play has ignited its hopes of pulling a stunning comeback victory.

Only a few minutes earlier, I spent the time during the quarter break figuring out when the last Nebraska shutout was -- against Arizona State in 1996.

The Cornhuskers don't have to worry about that now.