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|
|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.|