Nebraska rallies by Missouri

Published 3:40 am Friday, October 9, 2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Zac Lee threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul, and Ndamukong Suh and Dejon Gomes intercepted passes to set up two more fourth-quarter scores in No. 21 Nebraska’s 27-12 victory over No. 24 Missouri on Thursday night.

Lee completed 14 of 33 passes for 158 yards and three TDs to help Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) overcome a 12-0 deficit in cold and rainy conditions.

Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, fourth in the country in passing efficiency with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions entering the game, completed just 17 of 43 passes for 134 yards and no touchdowns. It was his first game this season without a TD pass.

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Missouri built a 12-0 lead after three quarters, its lone touchdown coming on Gabbert’s 1-yard sneak on fourth down with 2 seconds remaining in the first half.

Nebraska rallied with three touchdowns in a 3:22 span early in fourth quarter.

After Lee hit Paul with the 56-yarder, Nebraska defensive tackle Suh deflected and then intercepted Gabbert’s pass and the Huskers scored on Lee’s 13-yard pass to Paul to make it 13-12. A 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Nebraska made it 20-12 on Lee’s 8-yard TD pass to tight end Mike McNeill. The score was set up by Gomes’ 40-yard interception return to Missouri’s 10.