RENO, Nev. -- Blaine Gabbert passed for 414 yards and three touchdowns, including scoring tosses of 74 and 31 yards to Danario Alexander, to help Missouri beat Nevada 31-21 on Friday night.

Alexander finished with nine catches for a career-high 170 yards, and Grant Resel made all four of his field-goal attempts to run his streak to 10 for 10 this season for the Tigers (4-0), who have won a school-record 14 consecutive nonconference games.

Luke Lippincott ran for 114 yards for the Wolf Pack (0-3), who took a 13-7 lead on the first series of the second half on Colin Kaepernick`s 11-yard touchdown run and had a chance to regain the lead early in the fourth quarter before Lippincott fumbled on Missouri`s 4.

Wes Kemp caught three passes for 99 yards, and Jared Perry added eight receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers, whose last nonconference loss was in the 2006 Sun Bowl against Oregon State. They have an off week before opening Big 12 play at home against Nebraska on Oct. 8.

Missouri struggled early but went ahead 18-13 in the third quarter on Gabbert`s 74-yard hookup with Alexander. The Tigers put the game away early in the fourth quarter on a 97-yard scoring drive, capped by Gabbert`s 4-yard TD pass to Perry.

Turnovers and penalties cost both teams in the first half.

Trailing 12-7, Nevada had a chance to cut into the lead just before the half when Burnett Kaelin forced Derrick Washington to fumble and Jonathan Amaya recovered it at the Tigers 27 with 23 seconds left.


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But the Wolf Pack`s Nate Agaiava was whistled for a personal foul after the recovery and they had burned all their time outs in the first quarter so were unable to get close enough for a field-goal attempt.

Nevada squandered another chance to score on Lippincott`s fumble on the 4 when Aldon Smith stripped the ball loose and Brian Coulter recovered with 14:29 left in the game.

Missouri 31, Nevada 21

Missouri 6 6 9 10--31

Nevada 7 0 6 8--21

First Quarter

Mo -- FG Ressel 22, 10:47.

Nev -- Randall 2 run (Drake kick), 4:57.

Mo -- FG Ressel 31, 1:00.

Second Quarter

Mo -- Alexander 31 pass from Gabbert (run failed), 2:09.

Third Quarter

Nev -- Kaepernick 11 run (run failed), 11:07.

Mo -- Alexander 74 pass from Gabbert (pass failed), 10:30.

Mo -- FG Ressel 27, 4:17.

Fourth Quarter

Mo -- Perry 4 pass from Gabbert (Ressel kick), 10:07.

Mo -- FG Ressel 26, 5:00.

Nev -- Wimberly 6 pass from Kaepernick (Kaepernick run), 2:32.

A -- 18,269.

Mo Nev

First downs 23 23

Rushes-yards 34-78 45-218

Passing 414 146

Comp-Att-Int 25-40-0 17-29-0

Return Yards 9 8

Punts-Avg. 3-45.3 6-37.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-2

Penalties-Yards 2-17 9-69

Time of Possession 29:09 30:51

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Missouri, D.Washington 16-75, J.Jackson 2-10, Lawrence 6-8, D.Moore 1-3, Team 2-(minus 3), Gabbert 7-(minus 15). Nevada, Lippincott 23-114, Kaepernick 13-59, Wellington 1-19, Mark 3-16, Randall 5-10.

PASSING -- Missouri, Gabbert 25-40-0-414. Nevada, Kaepernick 17-28-0-146, Team 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING -- Missouri, Alexander 9-170, Perry 8-72, Kemp 3-99, Lawrence 1-33, J.Jackson 1-15, Gerau 1-14, D.Washington 1-6, Jones 1-5. Nevada, Wimberly 6-76, Wellington 4-38, Lippincott 3-(minus 2), V.Green 2-17, Session 2-17.