Missouri's Tigers tossed an early bomb at Nebraska and went on to register a 17-7 victory before 60,500 fans in the initial Big 8 game for each team.
The first time the Tigers got the ball Terry McMillan tossed a 69-yard TD pass to speedster Mel Gray for a 7-0 lead with only 2:11 played in the game.
Nebraska fought on even terms from that point until late in the second quarter when a Husker fumble gave Missouri the ball on the NU 16 with only :21 left in the half. McMillan hit Shyrock for another Tiger tally with :09 left.
The Cornhuskers got back in the game early in the third quarter when Jerry Tagge flipped a short pass to Jeff Kinney, who broke two tackles and sprinted 77 yards to score, cutting the gap to 14-7.
Jon Staggers returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards and the Tigers drove to the Husker 31. On fourth down Brown kicked a 48-yard field goal to ice the Tiger victory and even the Huskers' record at 2-2.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 11, 1969
Nebraska 0 0 7 0 — 7
Missouri 7 7 3 0 — 17
MIZ — Mel Gray (69 pass from Terry McMillan;
Brown kick; 12:49)
MIZ — Shyrock (8, pass from McMillan; Brown kick; :09)
NEB — Jeff Kinney (77, pass from Jerry Tagge;
Paul Rogers kick; 8:59)
MIZ — Brown 48 field goal, 6:49)
First Downs 15 16
Rushing Net 36 214
Passes Att-Comp 19-42 5-21
Passing Net 232 110
Total Offense 268 324
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Jeff Kinney 30, Mike Green 21.
LEADING NU PASSERS:
Jerry Tagge 12 for 29—159, Van Brownson 7 for 13—73.
NU BACK OF THE GAME:
Jeff Kinney ... Caught eight passes for 124 yards (best in Big 8 to date), including one 77-yarder for TD. Also rushed for 30 yards.
NU LINEMAN OF THE GAME:
Dave Walline. Led defense with 16 tackles.