Big 12 North Recap: Week 11

By Nate Latsch
15, 2010
It was an eventful weekend of college football for the
six teams in the Big 12 Conference�s North division, with two teams
snapping losing streaks and the team at the top of the standings
continuing its impressive run.
Missouri football team went from being undefeated to uncertain after a
7-0 start was spoiled by back-to-back road losses at Nebraska and Texas
Tech. But the Tigers bounced back nicely on Saturday in their final home
game of the season when they defeated Kansas State 38-28.
really proud of our team,� Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. �We lost a
couple of ballgames and a great test of any football team is how you
battle through adversity. We would have liked to finish a little better
than we did, but it�s a story of turnovers and how they change football
games. We got our eighth win of the season and we feel good about that.�
quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who had struggled in the two losses,
stepped up for the Tigers on Saturday. He completed 17 of 25 passes for
208 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, and ran 14 times
for a season-high 89 yards and a touchdown.
�I�m definitely my
harshest critic,� Gabbert said. �The last two weeks have been
inexcusable on my part. It�s always fun to get back out here and execute
our offense and come away with a victory.�
Missouri improved to
8-2 overall and 4-2 in Big 12 Conference play � the Tigers have now won
at least eight games in each of the last five seasons � and moved up in
the rankings. Mizzou is now 15th in the BCS Standings and Associated
Press Top 25 and 16th in the USA Today Poll
Sophomore wide
receiver T.J. Moe had a big day. He had five catches for 36 yards and
two touchdowns and also ran twice for 32 yards.
Kansas State
(6-4, 3-4) got a spark from backup quarterback Collin Klein, who ran for
141 yards and threw for 65 yards and a touchdown. But the Wildcats, who
scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to make the score close, were
hurt by four turnovers.
Taylor Martinez returned to the lineup for Nebraska on Saturday from an
ankle injury and once again the Cornhuskers used a strong rushing
attack and good defensive effort to defeat Kansas 20-3.
and running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead combined for 233
rushing yards and two touchdowns and Martinez threw for 167 yards.
Nebraska (9-1, 5-1) defense limited Kansas (3-7, 1-5) to 87 total yards
and sacked quarterback Quinn Mecham five times.
“Front to back
we executed well and tackled well,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini told
reporters. “I thought it was a really solid performance. You don’t hold
somebody under 100 yards without playing good football.”
Jayhawks, who were led by Bradley McDougald�s 27 rushing yards on four
carries, play Oklahoma State and Missouri the next two weeks.

After a heartbreaking loss to Kansas
and the firing of its coach, Dan Hawkins, the Colorado football team
was in freefall mode going into Saturday�s game against visiting Iowa
But the Buffaloes weren�t having any of that and snapped a
five-game losing streak with an impressive 34-14 win over Iowa State
for their first Big 12 victory of the season in interim coach Brian
Cabral�s debut.
Colorado (4-6, 1-5) was led by quarterback Cody
Hawkins, the son of the now former coach, running back Rodney Stewart
and wide receiver Paul Richardson.
Hawkins threw for 266 yards
and three touchdowns. Stewart ran for 123 yards. Richardson caught five
passes for 121 yards.
Iowa State (5-6, 3-4) was limited to
negative-six rushing yards and lost quarterback Austen Arnaud to a knee
injury that may end his season.