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1972 Fiesta Bowl

 
 
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Sun Devil Stadium -- Tempe, Ariz.

Contrary to popular belief, there were defenses on the field in the `72 Fiesta Bowl. But not according to the final stats.

The 49-35 Arizona State win featured 1,129 yards of total offense (718 for ASU, 411 for Mizzou), 681 yards rushing (452 by ASU, 229 by MU), four touchdowns of over 30 yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return by Missouri's Mike Fink, and 84 points.

Sun Devil All-American Woody Green ran for 202 yards and four touchdowns including a 17-yarder and a 21-yarder in Arizona State's decisive 21-point fourth quarter. Fullback Brent McClanahan also topped 100 yards for Arizona State, totaling 171 in 26 carries.

Mizzou trailed 28-7 at half after two scores by Green, McClanahan's only TD and a 34-yard scoring pass from Danny White to Ed Beverly on which it seemed Missouri's Fink had an end-zone interception.

But the Tigers, as they had all year, clawed back after the break. Fink's return and two passes from John Cherry to Chuck Link sandwiched around another score by Green made it 35-28 ASU early in the fourth. Two fourth-quarter scores by the Sun Devils, though, were too much for MU to overcome.

ARIZONA ST. 14 14 0 21 -- 49
MISSOURI 0 7 14 14 -- 35

AS -- Green 2 run (Cruz kick)
AS -- Green 12 run (Cruz kick)
M -- Johnson 1 run (Hill kick)
AS -- McClanahan 1 run (Cruz kick)
AS -- Beverly 34 pass from White (Cruz kick)
M -- Link 48 pass from Cherry (kick failed)
M -- Link 4 pass from Cherry (Link pass from Cherry)
AS -- Green 17 run (Cruz kick)
M -- Fink 100 kickoff return (Hill kick)
AS -- Beverly 53 pass from White (Cruz kick)
AS -- Green 21 run (Cruz kick)
M -- Reamon 31 run (Hill kick)
Att. -- 51,318

MU ASU
First Downs 16 33
Rushes-Yards 44-229 65-452
Passing Yards 182 266
Return Yards 61 44
Passes 12-27-3 12-24-3
Punts-Avg. 6-37.8 3-43.6
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 2-10 6-50

RUSHING -- MU: Reamon 17-155, Johnson 12- 41. AS: Green 25-202, McClanahan 26-171, Malone 6-29.
PASSING -- MU: Cherry 12-27-3-182. AS: White 13-23-3-266, Brady 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING -- MU: Link 5-80, Bastable 3-63, Reamon 2-15, Marshall 1-12, Sharp 1-12. AS: Beverly 3-103, Petty 5-85, Holden 4-53, McClanahan 1-25.