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Husker History Highlights - November 17

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Helu TD

Roy Helu had a game for the ages against Missouri on Oct. 30, 2010. The senior running back rushed for a Nebraska single-game record 307 yards on 28 carries to lead the Huskers to a 31-17 victory. He scored three touchdowns, including this 66-yard run on NU’s first play from scrimmage. (ERIC GREGORY / Lincoln Journal Star)

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66 yards: Helu's big day tames Tigers

The distance: 66 yards

The star: Roy Helu

The date: Oct. 30, 2010

The outcome: Huskers 31, Missouri 17

You knew something big may unfold upon hearing the collective “oooh!” from the crowd when the play began.

Tight end Ben Cotton laid a crushing block on a Missouri Tiger, eliciting the crowd’s reaction and springing free Roy Helu on Nebraska’s first play from scrimmage.

Helu sprinted untouched 66 yards into the end zone.

In fact, Helu wasn’t touched on any of his three long touchdown runs that day against Missouri. He also scored from 73 and 53 yards en route to rushing for a Nebraska single-game record 307 yards on 28 carries.

“He put the team on his back today,” offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said after the game. “He was stellar. I’ve never had a back, and I’ve been around some great backs, but I’ve never had a back do what he did today.”

The 66-yard run gave Nebraska a 7-0 lead, which the Huskers extended to 24-0 by the end of the first quarter. When Missouri was within 24-14 midway through the fourth quarter, Helu put the Tigers away with his third touchdown.

After Helu returned to the sideline following each of his touchdowns, before he even caught his breath or grabbed a drink of water, he worked his way down the bench, slapping hands and patting the offensive linemen on the back.

“I couldn’t explain how much I feel for my linemen and fullback Tyler Legate,” Helu said after the game. “They deserve as much credit as I do.”

Nebraska defeated its first top 10 team since 2001 and took command in the divisional race of its former conference.

The downfall of the day: Sparkling freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez sprained his ankle and never regained full health the remainder of the season.

Helu broke the previous Nebraska single-game record of 294 yards, set in 1991 by Calvin Jones in a game against Kansas.

 

 

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