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A 38-yard TD pass from Garnett Phelps to Jon Staggers at the start of the final quarter gave Missouri a come-from-behind victory over Nebraska, 10-7.
With 56,400 fans on hand, Nebraska carried the fight to the Tigers all day, jumping to an early lead before the game became a tenacious defensive struggle.
Thanks to a 30-yard pass to Dennis Richnafsky and a 31-yard TD fling to Joe Orduna, Frank Patrick got the Huskers on the board, 7-0, with only 7:30 gone in the first quarter. But NU couldn't break through the stubborn Tiger defense again and managed only 11 yards rushing for the game, lowest ever for a Bob Devaney-coached team.
Missouri cut the gap in the second period when Wallace kicked a 45-yard field goal. It looked like Nebraska's great defense might hang on to preserve the win, but three plays into the final quarter, disaster struck. All
America Wayne Meylan almost nailed Phelps for a loss, but he got the ball airborne. At the goal line, Staggers stretched out through the air between two defenders and snared the ball for the game-winning TD.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Nov. 18, 1967
Nebraska 7 0 0 0 — 7
Missouri 0 3 0 7 — 10
NEB — Joe Orduna (34, pass from Frank Patrick;
MIZ — Wallace (45, field goal)
MIZ — Jon Staggers (38, pass from Garnett Phelps;
First downs ............... 9 11
Rushing net ............... 11 140
Passing net ...............161 70
Total offense .............172 210
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Dick Davis 51, Joe Orduna 16.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Frank Patrick, 12 for 20 — 161 yards.