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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Helu Jr. runs past Mizzou for school record; Mizzou vs. Nebraska

En route to a Nebraska Husker 31-17 victory over Big XII North rival Missouri Tigers, Roy Helu Jr. posted a school record of rushing yards in a single game. Roy Helu Jr. had 307 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns within 4 quarters. All 3 of the touchdowns were from 50+ yards out. The first run was for a 66 yard touchdown which was the first offensive play from scrimmage from the Huskers, the second run was 73 yard touchdown also in the 1st quarter, and then a 53 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Helu Jr. moved Calvin Jones to second for that school record of most single game rushing yards, he rushed for 294 yards in 1991. Helu also holds the record for single game rushing yards for this season in FBS, in second is Ray Graham of Pittsburgh rushing for 277 yards while playing Florida International University.

Nebraska Huskers star freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez was pulled out during the 2nd quarter due to a deep right leg bruise. Martinez during that less than a half of play posted 6-for-9 completions for 115 yards passing, 1 touchdown passing; and 12 carries for 16 yards rushing, and 0 touchdowns rushing. Martinez average per game this season is 9-for-12 completions, 145 yards passing, and 1 touchdown passing; and 14 carries for 111 yards rushing, and 2 touchdowns rushing (all numbers are rounded up). Zac Lee, starting quarter back in the 2009 season, came in the game for Martinez. He went 1-for-3 for 11 yards passing, and 0 touchdowns. Top Nebraska receiver, Kyler Reed had 2 receptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. Alex Henery, place kicker and punter, streak ended at 18 for made field goals (hadn't missed or had a field goal blocked all season) when Missouri blocked a 51 yard field goal attempt in the 4th quarter.

Mizzou's quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was commited to Nebraska until Osborne was fired as head coach (thankfully), was the top passer, but he didn't have much competition for that since the Huskers had 2 quarterbacks play, each for half the game. Gabbert 18-for-22 with 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. That interception was the only turnover of the game by either team. T.J. Moe, top receiver, had 5 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown.

The 1st quarter was all Nebraska with 24 points, two by 60+ yards rushing by, game hero, Roy Helu Jr., a 41 yard field goal by Alex Henery, and a touchdown pass by Taylor Martinez to Kyler Reed. The 2nd quarter only had one score, De'Vion Moore ran for a 33 yard touchdown for Mizzou. The 3rd quarter had Helu Jr.'s 3rd touchdown run of the game, a touchdown pass for Mizzou, Gabber to Moe, and a field goal by Mizzou's Grant Ressel. The final score, as stated earlier, 31-17 Nebraska Huskers.

After this win the Huskers moved up 7 spots in the BCS poll from 14th to 7th! In the AP poll they are now ranked 9th and in the USA Today poll they are 10th.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/ayNNuM
Links
Helu Jr. Earns National Honor- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/b5YDBs
Hail Helu: Senior Smashes NU Record, No. 7 Tigers- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/cjf3TF

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