Cornhuskers move closer to North title

Published November 5, 2006

LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska took sole possession of first in the North with a 34-20 victory over Missouri on Saturday.

The Cornhuskers beat the Tigers for the 15th consecutive time in Lincoln and can clinch a berth in the title game with a win over Texas A&M on Saturday or Colorado on Nov. 24.

Missouri, which started 6-0, has lost three of four and in the losses has turned it over 10 times. Seven have been converted into 41 points, including two for touchdowns Saturday.

Zac Taylor threw two touchdowns for 20 on the season, matching Vince Ferragamo's 30-year-old school record.

Nebraska, which lost to Oklahoma State last week after squandering a 16-0 lead, had some anxious moments against the Tigers after scoring on five of seven possessions to go up 27-6.

Up 17-3, the Huskers' Bo Ruud, brother of Bucs linebacker Barrett Ruud, intercepted a pass tipped by Adam Carriker and ran it back 40 yards. Taylor threw a 17-yard touchdown to Hunter Teafatiller on the next play. Carriker's earlier interception set up a score that made it 17-0.

Chase Daniel led Missouri on an 18-play, 80-yard drive, capped his 19-yard pass to Chase Coffman, to pull the Tigers within 34-20 with 8:10 left. The Tigers converted three fourth downs during the drive.

After forcing a three-and-out, a scrambling Daniel hit Jared Perry to the Nebraska 25. But instant replay showed Daniel's knee touched the ground before passing, and the Tigers couldn't convert the ensuing fourth and 23.

Texas Tech 55, Baylor 21: Graham Harrell threw for four touchdowns, three to Joel Filani, and 483 yards for the host Red Raiders, who had a season-high 682 yards.

Down 14-7, Tech scored three touchdowns in the last eight minutes of the first half. Shannon Woods' 34-yard run tied it with 7:46 left. After a three-and-out, Harrell threw on all five plays, completing four for 54 yards and Filani's first score, a 4-yarder with 4:14 left. After another punt, Tech went 95 yards, capped by Filani's second score, a 32-yarder with 31 seconds left.

The Bears punted on their first second-half series. And two plays later, Filani caught a 76-yard score.

Kansas 41, Iowa St. 10: Kerry Meier threw two touchdowns in his return from an injured right shoulder for the visiting Jayhawks. Up 6-3, Kansas' Derek Fine outleaped Chris Singleton for a 29-yard touchdown on fourth and 6.

Fine's 29-yard catch made it 20-3, and it became 27-3 with 23 seconds left in the first half when Brandon McAnderson took a handoff, looked as if he was going to throw back to Meier but ran it in untouched from the 4.

Kansas St. 34, Colorado 21: Josh Freeman was 22-of-26 for 251 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Wildcats, who became bowl eligible for the first time since winning the conference title in 2003.

Down 17-0 at halftime, the Buffs got within 20-14 when Bernard Jackson went 62 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth. It was the longest run by a Colorado quarterback since Darian Hagan's 71-yarder Sept. 9, 1989. Kansas State answered three plays later when Jordy Nelson caught a short pass, shed a tackler and went 74 yards for a score with 11:55 left.