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1979 Hall Of Fame Bowl

 
 
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Legion Field -- Birmingham, Ala.

For the second straight year a strong running attack and an explosive second quarter led Missouri to pay-dirt in a bowl game. This time, the South Carolina Gamecocks were the Missouri victim, bowing 24-14 in the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl. Even 133 yards from Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers was not enough for the Gamecocks to overcome Missouri's 17 second-quarter points.

After falling behind early, 6-0, quarterback Phil Bradley engineered three scoring drives. The first ended in a 22-yard field goal by Ron Verilli. The next two resulted in touchdowns by Bradley, the first a 28-yard pass and the second a one-yard plunge which gave the Tigers a 17-6 halftime edge.

Missouri used just one second-half touchdown to maintain its lead.

After South Carolina closed to 17-14 in the third, Gerry Ellis ran 12 yards for the final tally in the 24-14 triumph. Ellis had 81 yards on 12 carries and James Wilder ran for 95 on 24 attempts. Neither was as individually impressive as Rogers' totals but they combined to knock out the Heisman winner and his teammates. Bradley led an offense which controlled the ball and needed just 72 yards passing as the Tigers rolled to their third straight bowl win and a 7-5 record in 1979.

MISSOURI 0 17 7 0 -- 24
S. CAROLINA 6 0 8 0 -- 14

SC -- McKinney 20 pass from Harper (run failed)
M -- FG Verrilli 22
M -- Newman 28 pass from Bradley (Verrilli kick)
M -- Bradley 1 run (Verrilli kick)
SC -- Harper 11 run (McKinney pass from Harper)
M -- Ellis 12 run (Verrilli kick)
Att. -- 62,785

MU SC
First Downs 17 20
Rushes-Yards 52-209 47-142
Passing Yards 72 121
Return Yards 8 1
Passes 7-11-0 13-20-1
Punts-Avg. 6-44.3 6-35
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 5-50 1-16

RUSHING -- MU: Wilder 24-95, Ellis 12-81. USC: Rogers 15-133, Clark 10-48.
PASSING -- MU: Bradley 7-11-0-72. USC: Harper 13-19-1-121.
RECEIVING -- MU: Blair 2-22, Gibler 2-21. USC: McKinney 5-87, Rogers 3-18.