Nebraska's hopes for getting back in the Big 8 title race were doused by the Cornhuskers' own errors as they fell, 16-14, to the Missouri Tigers.
As 66,289 fans were jamming Memorial Stadium, Nebraska jumped to a 7-0 lead with only 2:03 gone in the first quarter The big play was a 45-yard pass from Ernie Sigler to Tom Penney which carried to the Tiger 17 on the first play of the game.
But misfortune was to befall the Cornhuskers the rest of the day as they were to lose four fumbles, have two Tiger punts bounce into them for turnovers and have one pass intercepted.
Late in the first quarter, the Husker defense forced a punt, but the ball bounced crazily into a blocking Husker and Missouri recovered at midfield. The Tigers drove to score but missed the kick and NU still had a 7-6 lead.
Missouri drove 62 yards to score in the second quarter to take a 13-7 lead and three plays later the Tigers recovered a Husker fumble at the NU 18 to set up a field goal that supplied a 16-7 halftime lead.
Nebraska fired back in the third quarter to drive 49 yards in 13 plays, with Dick Davis getting the TD from the two with 8:16 left in the period.
The Huskers kept pressing the Tigers the rest of the way but couldn't score as they fumbled at the Tiger 16 and had a pass intercepted at the MU 36.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 19, 1968
Missouri 6 10 0 0 — 16
Nebraska 7 0 7 0 — 14
NU — Joe Orduna, 3 run (Paul Rogers kick), 12:57
MU — Jim Harrison, 4 run (Mike Sangster kick failed), 0:12
MU — Harrison, 3 run (Sangster kick), 10:40
MU — Henry Brown, 35 field goal, 8:15
NU — Dick Davis, 2 run (Rogers kick) 8:16
First Downs ...... 17 9
Rushing Net ...... 96 155
Passing Net ...... 159 53
Total Offense .... 255 208
Leading NU Rushers: Joe Orduna 88, Dick Davis 52.
Leading NU Passer: Ernie Sigler 6 for 10—99 yards.