Tigers take early lead

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's special teams paved the way for the Tigers to take an early lead, but Nebraska punter Alex Henery saved points when he got the ball out of the end zone for a safety.

Trey Hobson pressured Henery, who juggled a bad snap from freshman long-snapper P.J. Mangieri. But he got the ball out of the end zone to account for only a safety rather than a potential touchdown.

The big play put Missouri ahead 2-0.

The Tigers have also got a couple of other big plays on fumbled punts, but they couldn't produce on either play.

The problems with special teams have accounted for one change. Freshman Rex Burkhead replaced Niles Paul on the most recent Nebraska punt return.