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1981 Tangerine Bowl

 
 
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Tangerine Bowl -- Orlando, Fla.

The outcome of the 1981 Tangerine Bowl hinged largely on the leg of one player --Tiger kicker Bob Lucchesi. A sophomore walk-on, he had struggled even with extra points early in the season, but responded brilliantly in the bowl game. He hit an MU and Tangerine Bowl record-tying four field goals to propel Mizzou, 8-4, to a 19-17 win. For his efforts, Lucchesi earned the game's Most Outstanding Offensive Player award.

Lucchesi, though, was not Mizzou's only standout. Jeff Gaylord, the game's Most Valuable Player, led a stellar defensive effort. Missouri's defense held Southern Miss quarterback Reggie Collier, the first Division I quarterback to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season, to 70 yards of total offense--16 rushing and 54 passing.

Bobby Meyer, who led all players with 96 yards rushing, scored Missouri's only touchdown, with a three-yard run late in the first quarter. MU led 7-0 and never trailed. After the teams traded field goals, Lucchesi hit from 41 yards in the first half's final seconds for a 13-3 Tiger advantage.

Two more Lucchesi field goals were just enough for Missouri to withstand touchdowns by two of Southern Mississippi's future pro stars -- running back Sammy Winder and wide receiver Louis Lipps.

Following Lipps' TD, a 74-yard reception from backup quarterback Davy Sellers, the Golden Eagles trailed just 19-17 with 1:03 to play. But the Tigers' Tony Davis expected the ensuing onside kick and recovered it, killing the Golden Eagle comeback two points short.

MISSOURI 7 6 3 3 -- 19
S. MISS 0 3 7 7 -- 17

M -- Meyer 3 run (Lucchesi kick)
SM -- FG Clark 37
M -- FG Lucchesi 45
SM -- Winder 4 run (Clark kick)
M -- FG Lucchesi 30
M -- FG Lucchesi 28
M -- FG Verrilli 45
SM -- Lipps 74 pass from Sellers (Clark kick)
M -- Hill 1 run (Hornof pass from Bradley)
Att. -- 50,450

MU USM
First Downs 15 16
Rushes-Yards 44-164 52-133
Passing Yards 141 128
Return Yards 8 25
Passes 10-22-1 6-20-0
Punts-Avg. 7-35.9 8-34.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-50 6-58

RUSHING -- MU: Meyer 20-96, B. White 18-62, Shorthose 3-11. USM: Winder 13-50, Terrell 9-44, Floyd 7-23, Collier 20-16.
PASSING -- MU: Perry 10-22-1-141. USM: Collier 5-17-0-54, Sellers 1-3-0-74.
RECEIVING -- MU: Caver 4-65, Meyer 3-11, Gibler 1-38, B. White 1-20, Thomas 1-7. USM: Powell 2-26, Floyd 2-18, Lipps 1-74, Means 1-20.