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Gabbert looks productive - outside the red zone

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert looked like his first true road game was no big deal -- except once he got into the red zone. Those struggles are the main reason why Nevada has an early 7-6 lead after one quarter over the Tigers.

Gabbert picked on soft Nevada coverage between the 20s. He got Danario Alexander involved early, throwing to him five plays in the first three drives.

But the Nevada defense stiffened in the red zone as the tigher coverage snuffed out Missouri's passing plans, forcing two short field goals by Grant Ressel.

Meanwhile, Nevada doesn't look intimidated by the Missouri defense, although the Wolf Pack looked a tad flummoxed early in the game. They used all three timeouts in the first possession, but the drive was worth it on a scoring drive where their running game accounted for the final 31 yards of the possession on the ground.

It was a good start for the Wolf Pack, who don't look like the same team that lost by 52 points last season in Columbia, Mo.