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1970 Orange Bowl

 
 
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Gator Bowl -- Jacksonville, Fla.

Missouri's 1969 team was a record setter in many ways. The Tigers, 9-1 Big Eight co-champions and ranked 5th in the country, set records for points and total yards gained in a season. Quarterback Terry McMillan and running back Joe Moore set individual records for yardage at their respective positions. It was therefore shocking the way the 1970 Orange Bowl took shape.

Penn State, riding a 29-game winning streak, used its defense to dominate Mizzou's highly touted offense to win 10-3. But it was the Tiger defense which kept Missouri in the game and gave the Tigers a chance to win.

The Nittany Lion defense forced nine Tiger turnovers including a disastrous five-interception performance by McMillan. Missouri's defensive unit was nearly as good though, allowing just 10 points and forcing 12 Penn State punts in the contest. Thanks to the defensive effort, Missouri was at the Penn State 14-yard line in the last minute, still down just 7.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said the Tigers "had us backed up to where I was thinking about what kind of defense we'd use for a two-point conversion."

Penn State avoided that dilemma when safety Neil Smith intercepted McMillan for the seventh and final time. In the end, Penn State's defense, which Tiger coach Dan Devine said was far better than any other the Tigers had seen, was too much for the Missouri offense.

PENN ST. 10 0 0 0 -- 10
MISSOURI 0 3 0 0 -- 3

PS -- FG Reitz 29
PS -- Mitchell 28 pass from Burkhart (Reitz kick)
M -- FG Brown 33
Att. -- 78,282

MU PSU
First Downs 13 12
Rushes-Yards 43-189 54-57
Passing Yards 117 187
Return Yards 148 145
Passes 6-28-2 11-26-1
Punts-Avg. 6-44.7 12-43.1
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 3-25 5-40

RUSHING -- MU: Staggers 9-69, Moore 19-62, McMillan 5-33, McBride 7-24, Harrison 2-16. PS: Pittman 21-83, Harris 17-46.
PASSING -- MU: McMillan 4-17-57-5, Roper 2-9-2-44, Staggers 0-2-0-0. PS: Burkhart 11-26-1-187.
RECEIVING -- MU: Henley 2-44, Moore 1-40, Shryock 3-33. PS: Mitchell 5-81, Johnson 1-56, Edmonds 2-34, Pittman 2-10.