Helu, Huskers top Kansas
BY Associated Press
Sunday, November 15, 2009
11/15/09 at 6:50 AM
Roy Helu Jr. ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns, helping Nebraska move into the lead in the Big 12 North with a 31-17 victory over Kansas on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
Niles Paul had 226 total yards, including 154 on four catches, and Alex Henry kicked three field goals to set up next week's Big 12 North showdown between Nebraska (7-3, 4-2) and Kansas State. Helu recovered a fumble in the end zone in the first quarter and had TD runs of 20 and 14 yards in the fourth quarter to give the Cornhuskers their third straight win.
Kansas (5-5, 1-5 Big 12) overcame a miserable first quarter to take a 17-16 lead midway through the fourth, only to give up Helu's second touchdown 64 seconds later. The Jayhawks' five-game losing streak is their longest in seven years.
Todd Reesing threw for 236 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score, but was off-target early and hurt by dropped passes late to finish 19 for 41 in his final home game. Fellow senior Kerry Meier added 10 catches for 127 yards.
Texas' McCoy ties wins record: Colt McCoy tied the NCAA record for career victories by a starting quarterback and threw two touchdown passes to help No. 2 Texas beat Baylor 47-14 in Waco, Texas.
McCoy is 42-7 in his career, tying the wins record set by former Georgia quarterback David Greene.
Texas (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) led 40-0 by halftime with McCoy throwing touchdown passes of 3 and 7 yards to Jordan Shipley. Cody Johnson ran for 109 yards and two short touchdowns and Tre' Newton added a 45-yard scoring run.
Baylor (4-6, 1-5) dropped its fifth loss in six games.
Alexander helps Missouri beat Kansas State: Danario Alexander caught 10 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns in his second monster game in as many weeks and Missouri beat Kansas State 38-12 in Manhattan, Kan., putting a big dent in the Wildcats' hopes in the Big 12 North.
In his last two games, Alexander has 414 yards receiving. He hooked up with Blaine Gabbert on scoring plays of 54, 16 and 80 yards.
Gabbert was 20 for 27 for 298 yards and three TDs for the Tigers (6-4, 2-4 Big 12).
Alexander had 214 yards receiving the week before in a loss to Baylor. His third TD made it 24-17. Missouri wrapped up its fourth straight victory over the Wildcats (6-5, 4-3) with touchdown runs in the fourth quarter of 4 and 13 yards by Derrick Washington.
Iowa State stops Colorado: Austen Arnaud threw a pair of touchdown passes and Iowa State beat Colorado 17-10 in Ames, Iowa, to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2005.
Alexander Robinson added 138 yards rushing for the Cyclones (6-5, 3-4 Big 12), who held the Buffaloes to just three points on three trips inside the Cyclones' 10-yard line.
Arnaud threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Marquis Hamilton, and his 20-yard TD strike to Robinson gave Iowa State a 17-3 lead midway through the third quarter.
Colorado committed three turnovers in the second half. Tyler Hansen had 258 yards passing for Colorado (3-7, 2-4), which lost its 10th straight road game.
Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers' win. Charlie Riedel / AP