Big 12 North Recap: Week 3

By Nate Latsch
September 19, 2010

The Big 12 North division teams featured some impressive performances in the third week of the season, another tough loss for Kansas and a come-from-behind victory in an early conference game.


Missouri looked like it was headed for an upset loss after quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw his second interception of the fourth quarter on Saturday against visiting San Diego State.

But given one more chance, Gabbert threw a short pass to T.J. Moe along the left sideline and the sophomore wide receiver turned it into a 68-yard touchdown pass with 51 seconds left and an improbable 27-24 come-from-behind victory over the Aztecs in front of 56,050 at Faurot Field.

�I�m proud of our football team,� Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. �A lot of adversity out there. I mean a lot of adversity. Those guys in that locker room never bent. They just kept believing that we had a chance. � Our defense put us in position to have an opportunity to win. Finally the last drive we had a great player makes a great play in a big-time situation.�

Missouri, the No. 25 team in the USA Today rankings, improved to 3-0 with its 20th consecutive non-conference victory in September.

After three games Moe has 30 catches and Egnew has 29, which ranks third and fourth nationally among Division I-A players. Moe has 299 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Egnew has 257 yards and one score.

Gabbert, who threw for 355 yards against San Diego State, has thrown for 852 yards this season, with four touchdowns and two interceptions.


It looks like it is going to be a long season for first-year Kansas coach Turner Gill.

The Jayhawks went on the road on Friday night and lost to Southern Miss 31-16 for their second defeat of the first three weeks.

�I wouldn�t say up and down,� KU safety Olaitan Oguntodu told the Kansas City Star. �We�ve had three weeks. The first week was heartbreak, the next week we came together. It�s football. We have nine more games left.�

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Webb completed 16 of 26 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown. Freshman running back James Sims rushed for 74 yards on 20 carries.


Eighth-ranked Nebraska went on the road Saturday and dominated Washington in Seattle behind another strong performance from redshirt freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez.

Martinez threw for 150 yards and a touchdown and ran for 137 yards and three scores as the Cornhuskers thumped the Huskies 56-21.

“Coming into a hostile environment, I thought it was a good step for our football team,� NU coach Bo Pelini said. �I thought it’d be a nice test for us, going against a good football team on the road. It’s a tough environment to play in and I thought our guys handled it well. I thought it was a pretty full effort by our football team. I liked their approach. Like I just told them, there’s still a lot more out there for us, there’s still a lot for us to clean up. We have a long way to go as a football team but this was a good step along the way.”

Nebraska racked up 533 total yards, including 383 yards on the ground. Roy Helu Jr. rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Rex Burkhead rushed for 104 yards, which gave the Cornhuskers three 100-yard rushers in a game for the fourth time in school history.

Washington quarterback Jake Locker, considered one of the top prospects in the country, completed just four of 20 passes for 71 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for 59 yards and a score.


Kansas State trailed Iowa State by three points early in the fourth quarter on Saturday, but rallied with a Daniel Thomas touchdown and a Josh Cherry field goal to pull out a 27-20 victory at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

“You really have to give Iowa State their just due,� K-State coach Bill Snyder said. �They play hard; I knew that going into the ballgame. I hope that our players understood that. They are extremely well-coached. … It was just one of those challenging games. Sometimes you stab yourself in the back, and we did that a couple of times. That obviously put us in great jeopardy. The interception return and the penalties in the first half inside the 20-yard line were detrimental to us. We just need to be a lot better when we are trying to put the ball in the end zone.”

Thomas rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. He had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and a 2-yard touchdown run with 6:47 remaining for the go-ahead score.

Neither team had much success throwing the ball. Kansas State�s Carson Coffman completed six of 12 passes for 104 yards and an interception. Iowa State�s Austen Arnaud completed 15 of 27 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

In three games this season, Thomas has rushed for 552 yards and scored six touchdowns. He is second in Division I-A in rushing yardage, trailing only Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson�s 559 yards.


Colorado trailed by 10 points at halftime but rallied for a 31-13 victory over visiting Hawaii and improved to 2-1 on the season.

“Lord knows we have had our share of adversity, again to their credit they have never bagged in and they have never quit,� coach Dan Hawkins said. �They have never doubted and they keep coming back. � They had their backs up against the wall a little bit and to have that put on them and to have them answer, that is not only season changing but also life changing and it affects a lot of things.”

The Buffaloes scored three times in the third quarter � on a 4-yard run by Rodney Stewart, a safety and a 2-yard run by Stewart ��to take a 17-10 lead. After Hawaii kicked a field goal late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to four, Colorado answered with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by quarterback Tyler Hansen.

Hansen completed 19 of 26 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Lockridge rushed for 109 yards, while Stewart finished with 106 yards and two touchdowns.