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The longest pass in Big 8 history toppled the Nebraska Cornhuskers from the undefeated ranks and dashed their hopes of a No. 1 ranking.
Leading Missouri 24-23, the Huskers kicked off to the Missouri 10 yard line. Two plays and one penalty later, the Tigers were pushed back to their own two yard line, and the Black Shirts looked certain to contain Mizzou and lead NU to their sixth victory of the year. Unfortunately, Missouri quarterback Pete Woods had other plans in mind. Faking a handoff into the line, Woods passed the ball 98 yards to Joe Stewart for a touchdown. A two-point conversion made the score 31-24.
Missouri then held back a struggling Nebraska team to win 34-24.
Surprisingly, Nebraska led Missouri in total yards, 414 to 398. The Huskers amassed much of that yardage in the third quarter, as they churned out 196 yards. After covering all that ground, however, the Huskers scored only three points on the board in the third quarter, a 21-yard Al Eveland field goal.
Vince Ferragamo had an excellent day passing; he completed 13 of 22 for 191 yards.
Jim Wightman led the defense with 14 tackles.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Oct. 23, 1976
Missouri 7 16 0 11 — 34
Nebraska 6 12 3 3 — 24
MIZ — Pete Woods (1, run; Tim Gibbons kick), 10:28
NEB — Kent Smith (recovered blocked punt in end zone;
Al Eveland kick blocked), 6:51
NEB — Monte Anthony (1, run; Vince Ferragamo
pass failed), 12:39
MIZ — Kellen Winslow (9, pass from Pete Woods;
Tim Gibbons kick failed), 7:23
MIZ — Pete Woods (1, run; Tim Gibbons kick), 6:46
NEB — Vince Ferragamo (1, run; Vince Ferragamo
pass failed), 2:19
MIZ — Tim Gibbons (25, field goal), :08
NEB — Al Eveland (21, field goal), 10:10
NEB — Al Eveland (20, field goal), 14:57
MIZ — Joe Stewart (98, pass from Pete Woods;
Joe Stewart 3 pass from Pete Woods), 12:53
MIZ — Tim Gibbons (34, field goal), 1:19
First Downs.................. 12 10
Rushing, Net................ 223 207
Passes, Comp-Att-Int ... 13-22-2 6-16-0
Passing, Net................ 191 191
Total Offense............... 414 398
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Monte Anthony 99, Dodie Donnell 90.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Vince Ferragamo 191.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER:
Vince Ferragamo 201.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Monte Anthony.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Mike Fultz.