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1960 Orange Bowl



Orange Bowl -- Miami, Fla.

Missouri's 1959 squad gained the school's second Orange Bowl berth, the first in 20 years, by defeating Kansas, 13-9 on the season's last day. The 2nd-place Tigers went to Miami because Oklahoma had won the conference championship the year before as well and conference rules at the time forbade a team from playing in the same bowl two straight years. Unfortunately for Mizzou, this Orange Bowl trip ended just as the first one had--in defeat to a team from Georgia.

In 1940, it was Georgia Tech which sent the Tigers reeling. This time, Fran Tarkenton and the Georgia Bulldogs beat Mizzou in Miami in shutout style, 14-0.

The Tigers went into the 1960 game with a pass defense thatwas seen as weak--not a good thing to have against Tarkenton,who went on to throw more touchdowns than any quarterback inNFL history. However, the game took on a familiar look as MUoutgained its opponent, both in the air, on the arm of quarterbackPhil Snowden, and in total yards, but were still beaten.

Outside of two scoring passes from Tarkenton, a 29-yarderin the first quarter and a 33-yarder in the third, Georgia neverposed a real threat. Punter Bobby Walden kicked it away seventimes. In fact it was Walden's leg which kept the Bulldogs ahead,repeatedly pinning Missouri in its own end.

Mizzou did, however, have numerous opportunities todent the scoreboard. Three times Mizzou had first downs insidethe Bulldog 25 and twice inside the 10, but could never convertthose chances into points.

GEORGIA 7 0 7 0 -- 14
MISSOURI 0 0 0 0 -- 0

G -- McKenney 29 pass from Tarkenton (Pennington kick)
G -- Box 33 pass from Tarkenton (Pennington kick)

MU Georgia
First Downs 17 14
Rushing Yards 80 88
Passing Yards 180 128
Passes 14-24-2 9-21-2
Punts-Avg. 6-38 7-46
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalty Yards 72 44

RUSHING -- MU: West 9-37, D. Smith 14-21, Beal 3- 12. GA: Brown ?-39, Walden ?-35, Soberdahs ?-12.
PASSING -- MU: Snowden 11-17-1-152, B. Smith 2- 3-0-14, Haas 1-3-2-15, West 0-1-0-0. GA: Tarkenton 9-16-113-1, Walden 0-1-0-0, Britt 0-4-1-0.
RECEIVING -- MU: Sloan 6-73, West 1-40, D. Smith 3-35, Carpenter 2-23. GA: Brown 3-29, Herron 2-26, Box 1-33, McKenney 2-25.