No. 3 Nebraska 42, Missouri 7

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Brook Berringer threw three touchdown passes in the second half and Lawrence Phillips ran for 110 yards as third-ranked Nebraska overcame a slow start to beat Missouri 42-7 Saturday.

Nebraska (8-0, 3-0 Big Eight) didn't have a first down in a scoreless first quarter, yet the issue was never in doubt. Missouri, which has lost five in a row at home, averted a shutout on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Handy to Rahsetnu Jenkins with 7:34 to play.

Nebraska has allowed 16 points in its last three games. Defensive back Barron Miles ended a Missouri scoring chance when he forced Joe Freeman to fumble into the end zone from the 1 and returned an interception 27 yards to set up a Nebraska score.

The Cornhuskers also have won 21 in a row in the regular season, 12 in a row in the Big Eight, and have a 16-game winning streak against Missouri (2-5, 1-2). The last six meetings have been by a cumulative 300-72 score.

Phillips recorded his eighth consecutive 100-yard game and scored on a 5-yard run for the game's first touchdown with 11:15 left in the firt half.

Berringer had a shaky start in his return to the starting job after sitting out the first half of last week's game with a partially collapsed lung. But all three of his second-half completions went for touchdowns. Berringer hit Mark Gilman on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Brendan Holbein for a 30-yarder and Reggie Baul on a 43-yard pass.

Berringer was 9-for-13 for 153 yards and ran for 23 yards on 5 carries.

Missouri hasn't beaten Nebraska at Faurot Field since 1973. Jenkins was the Tigers' big threat, catching eight passes for 90, including the first seven from Handy.

Nebraska tried to run the ball up the middle and was three plays and out in its first two series. The Cornhuskers had no first downs in the first quarter compared with six for Missouri, which received a standing ovation at the break.

Missouri blew an excellent chance to score after Clayton Baker recovered a wild pitchout by Berringer at the Nebraska 10 with 14:16 to go in the third quarter. Two plays later, Freeman fumbled into the end zone and Ed Stewart recovered the ball for a touchback.