Saturday, November 13, 2010
Missouri can run with its quarterback, too
By David Ubben
Blaine Gabbert ran the ball 22 times against Nebraska, most of the time because he had to with his receivers blanketed down field.
Though his understudy, freshman James Franklin, has earned the reputation of a runner, Gabbert showed off his wheels with a 32-yard touchdown run that put Missouri up, 14-7, against Kansas State in the second quarter.
That game against Nebraska is his only game this season with more than nine carries, but he took over as the game's leading rusher with his long run, aided by a huge block from receiver Wes Kemp near the goal line.
In addition to his six carries for 53 yards and a score, Gabbert has completed 9-of-11 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. The junior should be in for a big day if he keeps this up.