1966 Sugar Bowl



Tulane Stadium -- New Orleans, La.

The 1966 Sugar Bowl was a tale of two halves. The Missouri Tigers led the Florida Gators at halftime, 17-0 and added a third quarter field goal to make it 20-0. But the Gators came roaring back and scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns thanks to talented quarterback, Steve Spurrier. Spurrier, the game's MVP and the winner of the 1966 Heisman Trophy, threw for two scores and ran for one to spearhead a comeback which was thwarted only when Mizzou's defense, eighth in the country in points allowed, stiffened and stopped all three 2-point conversions.

In its second Sugar Bowl appearance, Missouri's ground game was dominant. The Tigers boasted the country's third-rated rushing attack at 247 yards a game. They topped that with 257 while holding Florida to minus-2. Because of Mizzou's defense against the run and the early deficit, Florida was forced to pass often. Spurrier put the ball in the air a record 46 times. He also set Sugar Bowl records with 27 completions, 16 coming in the wild fourth quarter, and 352 yards passing, but did so in a losing effort.

Halfback Charlie Brown and quarterback Gary Lane led Mizzou with 120 and 76 yards rushing, respectively. Brown also scored the first touchdown of the game on a 10-yard sweep early in the second quarter. Earl Denny had the other Tiger touchdown on an 11-yard halfback option catch from Johnny Roland.

The victory landed the 8-2-1 Tigers in sixth place in the national polls, just behind Big Eight champion Nebraska, which had beaten the Tigers earlier in the year on a late field goal.

MISSOURI 0 17 3 0 -- 20
FLORIDA 0 0 0 18 -- 18

M -- Brown 10 run (Bates kick)
M -- Denny 11 pass from Roland (Bates kick)
M -- FG Bates 37
M -- FG Bates 34
F -- Harper 22 pass from Spurrier (pass failed)
F -- Spurrier 2 run (pass failed)
F -- Casey 21 pass from Spurrier (pass failed)
Att. 67,421

First Downs 18 18
Rushes-Yards 62-257 16-(-2)
Passing Yards 50 352
Passes 5-14-2 27-46-1
Punts-Avg. 5-44 6-32
Fumbles 1 2
Penalty Yards 30 25

RUSHING -- MU: Brown 22-120, Lane 19-76, Denny 8-27, Reese 11-27. FLA: Poe 2-11, Harper 7-(-5), Spurrier 7-(-8).
PASSING -- MU: Lane 4-13-1-39, Roland 1-1-0-11. FLA: Spurrier 27-45-1-352, Harper 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING -- MU: Waller 1-14, Brown 1-14, Phelps 2-11, Denny 1-11. FAL: Casey 5-108, Brown 9-88, Harper 4-66, Trapp 5-53, Poe 3-30, Ewaldsen 1-7.