Tigers prove too tough
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 seconds left in the half. McMillan hit Tom Shryock for another Tiger tally with nine seconds left 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.
Missouri’s defense essentially shut down the Huskers’ running game, allowing just 36 net yards (including several quarterback sacks). … The game was played on a wet field, and attendance of 60,500 was the second-highest in stadium history. … It was Missouri’s third win in a row in the series.
Recap source: 1970 media guide