It’s amazing how one play really can turn a game around. Zac Lee’s 56 yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul on a 3rd and 8th in the 4th quarter brought the Huskers to life as they rattled off 27 points in the fourth to rally and beat the Missouri Tigers 27-12. Head coach Bo Pelini said he never thought of bailing on Lee. Lee was 9 of 27 for 79 yards in the first three quarters. In the fourth, he was 5 of 6 for for 79 yards and three touchdowns. Lee says there was no doubt that touchdown sort of broke the ice and took some of the pressure off of him.
His counterpart Blaine Gabbert, harassed all night by Ndamukong Suh and the defensive line, 17 of 42 for just 134 yards and two interceptions that led to 14 more points for the Huskers. I counted five times that Nebraska defenders had passes thrown by Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert in their hands and they dropped them. At least three of them would have gone for touchdowns. It wasn’t until after Zac Lee’s 56 yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul, did the defense relax, because on the next two possession, the Huskers came up with interceptions and gave Lee and the offense a short field to work with as NU piles on 27 points in the 4th quarter to beat Missouri 27-12. For the Huskers, who were picked to edge both Missouri and Kansas for the Big 12 north, it wasn’t picture perfect, but a win is still a win.