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Friday, October 9, 2009
Instant analysis: Nebraska 27, Missouri 12

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


COLUMBIA, Mo. -- I'm still kind of stunned after watching Nebraska erupt for 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Here's an early look at the Cornhuskers' 27-12 victory over Missouri.

How the game was won: Nebraska charged back by scoring three touchdowns in a span of 3 minutes, 22 seconds. The Cornhuskers scored 27 unanswered points, earning a bit of satisfaction after losing the last two games against Missouri by a combined 93-23 margin.

Turning point: Blaine Gabbert hadn’t thrown an interception in his first 164 passes. But Ndamukong Suh’s interception early in the fourth quarter helped spark the Cornhuskers’ blizzard of points that boosted them to the comeback.

Player of the game: Suh’s interception was only a part of his big night. He also dominated in the trenches, sparking a big defensive effort for the Cornhuskers that kept them in the game until their late flurry.

What it means: Nebraska is in the driver’s seat for the North Division title and has aligned itself where it should be favored in every game until the Nov. 7 matchup with Oklahoma.

Stat of the game: The Cornhuskers erupted for 154 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter after producing only 109 in the first three quarters.