No word on Helu: Roy Helu’s last two carries of the game were his most successful in Nebraska’s 27-12 win at Missouri on Thursday night. They were also his most painful.
The junior I-back apparently hurt his right shoulder when he landed on it on a 41-yard run to the Missouri 5-yard line. He stayed in the game and scored a touchdown on the next play to put the game away, but immediately got help from trainers when he got to the sideline.
Details of his injury weren’t given after the game, and there was no access to the team Friday.
Helu battled the flu leading up to the game, but finished with 88 yards on 18 carries.
Was he playing at 100 percent? “Probably not,” running backs coach Tim Beck said. “I think he was feeling better. I think he was well enough to play. It was just a virus or a bug.”
Ridding the bad taste on the road: Ndamukong Suh has heard enough questions about Nebraska’s record on the road against ranked teams. The Huskers were 2-17 in such games since 1997 prior to the win against No. 24 Missouri.
Suh said that stat was hardly something the team dwelled on.
“That Top 25 stuff, it is what it is,” he said. “I’m glad in your guys’ (the media) eyes, we were able to scratch that out, that’s great. But we just want to go out there and win no matter what the team is ranked or whatever.”
Suh did acknowledge it was special to beat the Tigers on the same field where Nebraska had lost 41-6 two years ago.
“It was a sour, sour taste in my mouth,” Suh said of that game. “It’s something that I’m glad we got rid of, and it’s something we had to do.”
Big hit: Suh’s first-quarter sack of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert caused a fumble that was recovered by NU’s Jared Crick. It also did some damage to Gabbert’s ankle. He limped the rest of the game.
Asked if he thought Gabbert wasn’t the same player after that, Suh said: “I don’t know. He might have seemed a little rattled. I really didn’t pay too much attention. My goal was just to get in his face and cause havoc.”
No excuses: The Husker offense may have stumbled for three quarters against Missouri, gaining just 109 total yards and no points.
But senior linebacker Phillip Dillard said the defense never lost sight of its mission.
“When that happens, it’s like, ‘Defense, let’s pick it off then,’” Dillard said. “There’s no excuses. The offense may mess up or something happens … or the defense is not getting anything (done) and the offense needs to score. It plays both ways. That’s how we see it.”
Not so special: The Huskers had four bad punt snaps — one that led to a safety — dropped two punts, and had another bounce off a Husker and end up in the hands of a Tiger.
Is Bo Pelini worried? Or was it just weather-related?
“Our special teams has been really good up until this point,” he said. “Like I said, I don’t think early we handled the conditions well. It’s hard to prepare guys for that aspect. Hopefully we’ll be better in the future and the rest of the season if we encounter it again.”
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Nebraska-Missouri game highlights