The Missouri football program may want to invest in some concrete.
The Tiger football team's chartered airplane got stuck in the mud at Columbia Regional Airport on Friday night and extenuating circumstances forced Missouri to wait until Saturday morning to fly into Lincoln.
The Tigers left Columbia at 7:20 a.m. and landed in Lincoln at 8:10, arriving at the stadium 50 minutes later. That is the exact time they would have arrived if they had flown in Friday and stayed in Lincoln overnight.
Chad Moller, sports information director for Missouri, said the plane had started to taxi to the runway to take off at 5 p.m.
"The pilot took a corner turning onto the runway too tight and it's right angles," said Moller. "We've had a lot of rain and the tires sunk in the mud."
The 125 people on board got off the plane and the team went back to the football complex.
"They pulled the plane out and then they had to inspect it. After a couple of hours, the plane got the OK, but the next problem was the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)," said Moller. "They yanked the pilot to investigate the matter and the closest pilot was in Indiana.
"He couldn't get to Columbia before midnight, so we just decided to go early this morning," said Moller.
"It's not an excuse, but that took us off our routine," Tiger receiver Thomson Omboga said after Nebraska won 24-3.