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1978 Liberty Bowl

 
 
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Liberty Bowl -- Memphis, Tenn.

The 1978 season, Warren Powers' first at MU, was one of incredible highs and devastating lows for the Tigers. The highs included a 3-0 win over defending national champion Notre Dame, the first time the Irish had been shut out since 1960, a victory over KU and a bowl-clinching win over Nebraska, 35-31 -- still the last time the Huskers have been beaten by Mizzou.

The lows included a 35-20 loss to Oklahoma State, a 38-20 loss after having then No. 1 Alabama on the ropes and losing a 20-point lead in a home loss to Colorado. So the 1978 Liberty Bowl was a rewarding end to the Tigers' season. Mizzou won 20-15 over LSU to advance to 8-4 against the nation's toughest schedule, but it was again a game in which Mizzou was up and down.

Missouri was up at halftime, riding a 20-3 lead and on the verge of a blowout victory. MU was slightly down in the second half, scoring no points, but moving the ball well enough and playing enough defense to win.

Sophomore James Wilder led the Tigers in rushing with 115 yards. The Tiger defense nabbed five turnovers (four interceptions and a fumble) to take the spotlight from big names Wilder, Phil Bradley and Kellen Winslow in a game in which MU never trailed.

LSU 3 0 6 6 -- 15
MISSOURI 7 13 0 0 -- 20

M -- Gant 13 run (Brockhaus kick)
LS -- FG Conway 37
M -- Winslow 16 pass from Bradley (Brockhaus kick)
M -- Wilder 3 run (kick failed)
LS -- Alexander 1 run (kick failed)
LS -- Woodley 1 run (pass failed)
Att. -- 53,064

MU LSU
First Downs 18 12
Rushes-Yards 50-200 46-194
Passing Yards 117 170
Return Yards 65 2
Passes 11-21-1 14-31-4
Punts-Avg. 6-38.3 4-36.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 8-75 6-49

RUSHING -- MU: Wilder 28-115, Gant 8-46. LSU: Alexander 24-133, Woodley 11-27.
PASSING -- MU: Bradley 11-21-1-117. LSU: Woodley 9-22-2-123, Ensminger 5-9-2-47.
RECEIVING -- MU: Wilder 4-20, Downer 2-27. LSU: Quintella 6-81, Carson 6-77.