Big 12 North Recap: Week 11


By Nate Latsch
FOXSportsKansasCity.com
November

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.
 
KANSAS STATE AT MISSOURI
 
The

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.
 
�I�m

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.�
 
Junior

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.
 
KANSAS AT NEBRASKA
 
Quarterback

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.
 
Martinez

and running backs Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead combined for 233

rushing yards and two touchdowns and Martinez threw for 167 yards.
 
The

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.”
 
The

Jayhawks, who were led by Bradley McDougald�s 27 rushing yards on four

carries, play Oklahoma State and Missouri the next two weeks.
 
IOWA

STATE AT COLORADO
 
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

State.
 
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.