Defensive battle brings season’s first defeat
With 36,000 Homecoming fans on hand, Nebraska made its bid for the Big 8 leadership against the rugged Missouri Tigers. But the Cornhuskers didn’t have enough magic to master the potent Bengals, dropping their first decision of the year, 16-7.
There was consolation in scoring against Mizzou for the first time in four years — Noel Martin’s 88-yard pass interception return — and holding the Tigers to 38 yards rushing in the second half. But Missouri had a Gibraltar defense of its own, and the Tigers adeptly capitalized on Husker miscues — three lost fumbles and three intercepted passes.
A Dennis Claridge fumble set up MU’s opening TD, a 46-yard Johnny Roland run. Martin’s interception return tied the game in the second quarter. After Mizzou went ahead on a third-quarter field goal, the Tigers’ victory was sealed when Dave Theisen fumbled a punt and Mizzou recovered at the Nebraska 26, setting up MU quarterback Jim Johnson’s 10-yard TD run early in the fourth period.
Mizzou’s Paul Underhill falls on a fumble.
- The pass intercepted by Martin was first tipped by linebacker John Kirby.
- Every score in the game followed a turnover.
- There were more interceptions than pass completions.
- Game footage indicates Johnny Roland fumbled before crossing the goal line on his TD run.
This was the first game of the Nebraska home sellout streak that continues today.
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