It was a shootout unlike any other in the 60-year history of Nebraska football: Five lead changes in the second half. Each team with at least five touchdowns and 500 yards of total offense. And an unforgettable fourth-quarter run by sophomore sensation Bobby Reynolds to help seal a 40-34 Husker win over visiting Missouri.
Clinging to a 33-27 lead and facing fourth-and-one at the Mizzou 33 midway through the fourth quarter, the Huskers sent Reynolds on a right sweep. Nebraska's blocking quickly broke down, and Reynolds was forced to retreat. Stiff-arming, spinning and weaving, he was chased nearly 25 yards behind the line of scrimmage before finally turning back upfield.
Now he was headed in the right direction, but disaster was far from averted. Missouri defenders remained in hot pursuit, but a few nifty moves, a couple of broken tackles and some timely blocks left Tigers grasping air or tasting turf as Reynolds made his way down the right sideline. Past the first-down marker he went, and then all the way into the end zone, much to the delight and amazement of the Homecoming crowd.
That wasn't the only TD that had the Nebraska partisans buzzing. In the waning seconds of the first half, Fran Nagle eluded a tackler a dozen yards behind the line of scrimmage and heaved a pass nearly 50 yards into the end zone, where Reynolds outfought two well-positioned defenders to make an improbable catch.
Early in the fourth quarter, a Nagle pass to Dick Regier in the end zone was too hot to handle, but the Husker end was able to bat the ball into the air, turn and make the catch for the touchdown.