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Memorial Stadium no welcome haven for Missouri

November 4, 2006

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Missouri looks to get its season back on track at a place where it hasn't won since 1978.

The Tigers travel to Nebraska today for a showdown at Memorial Stadium, with the winner earning sole possession of first place in the Big 12 North.

Missouri (7-2, 3-2) opened with six straight wins but has lost two of its last three, including last week's mistake-filled 26-10 defeat to Oklahoma. The loss knocked the Tigers out of the Top 25. Nebraska (6-3, 3-2) also fell out of the rankings with a 41-29 loss at Oklahoma State.

Tigers coach Gary Pinkel said his team must be sharper in order to beat Nebraska in the 100th meeting of the teams. Oklahoma scored all of its points against the Tigers after turnovers, drive-extending penalties and a safety on a blocked punt.

"The key is that you've got to be able to execute, and if you have some adversity you have to be able to fight through it," Pinkel said. "We gave ourselves more (adversity) than you want in any one game, or any three games. Hopefully, we still have a confidence level."

Missouri has won two of the last three games with Nebraska, but the Huskers have won 14 straight in Lincoln.

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