Missouri 13
Nebraska 12

Oct. 13, 1973 • 1:30 p.m. Central
Faurot Field •Columbia, MO
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1973 Nebraska-Missouri Tony Davis photo1973 Nebraska I-back Tony Davis loses the ball during a carry in the second quarter. · Chicago Tribune · Newspapers.com

First quarter
NU: Rich Sanger 42 field goal, 6:23
NU: Sanger 29 field goal, 0:15
Second quarter
MU: Greg Hill 35 field goal, 8:11
Fourth quarter
MU: Tom Mulkey 1 run (Hill kick) 2:03
NU: Ritch Bahe 22 pass from Dave Humm (pass failed) 1:00

                         NU       MU
First Downs ...........  21        7
Rushing, Net ....... 47-152   53-163
Passing, Net .......... 292        7
  Comp-Att-Int .... 20-30-1   2-10-2
Total Offense ...... 77-444   63-170
Return Yards ........... 18       29
Punts-Average ...... 5-36.5   8-39.9
Fumbles-Lost .......... 2-2      1-1
Penalized-Yards ...... 5-35     5-32

NU: Davis 27-109, O'Leary 4-22, Bahe 3-10, Damkroger 4-7, Powell 1-6, Runty 2-4, Humm 6-minus-6.

MU: Cherry 20-70, Reamon 21-69, Mulkey 7-13, Moss 3-5, Bybee 104, Muse 1-2.

NU: Humm 20-30-1 292. Bahe 0-1-0 0.

MU: Chaerry 2-9-2 7.

NU: Bahe 5-96, Shamblin 4-84, Davis 4-36, Longwell 3-34, Mushinskie 1-20, Damkroger 2-13, Anderson 1-9.

MU: Siegler 1-4, Reamon 1-3.




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Husker lose on foiled 2-point try

Nebraska’s hopes for an undefeated season were dashed by the Missouri Tigers, 13-12, when the Cornhuskers went for two in the final minute after a sensational comeback and missed.

It had been an old-fashioned defensive dog fight between two nationally-ranked unbeaten teams for almost the entire game – each team had a pair of field goals going into the final three minutes, and a record crowd of 68,170 at Faurot Field roared for something to happen. And when the Huskers’ Randy Borg bobbled a Tiger punt at the NU 12 and Missouri recovered the ball at the four-yard line, things began to pop.

Two plays later, Tom Mulkey pounded over from the one to put Missouri on top, and Greg Hill’s PAT kick made it 13-6 with 2:03 left in the game.

Ritch Bahe

Back charged the Cornhuskers. In four plays, the dramatic finish was set: Dave Humm hit Ritch Bahe for 31 yards to the Tiger 41, then he rifled another strike to Larry Mushinskie to the MU 21. Tony Davis lost one and then Humm spotted Bahe again, and the Fremont junior took the ball at the 10 and raced into the end zone. With 1:00 left in the game, it was Missouri 13, Nebraska 12, and the Cornhuskers went for two and a chance at victory. But Humm’s pass was intercepted by Tony Gillick and Missouri had the game of the unbeatens in the bag.

Nebraska had a whopping edge in statistics, leading in first downs, 21-7, 292-7 in passing and 444-170 in total offense. But the Tigers had the important statistics – the final score – and the Huskers started an uphill climb in the Big 8 race.

Source: 1974 media guide

1973 Nebraska-Missouri John StarkebaumThe Huskers’ John Starkebaum chases down John Moseley on a 51-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. Moseley also had a 40-yard return to open the game, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass. · Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) · Newspapers.com

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1973 schedule
05/05Red 35, White 25
09/08UCLAW 40-13
09/22N.C. StateW 31-14
09/29WisconsinW 20-16
10/06@ MinnesotaW 48-7
10/13@ MissouriL 12-13
10/20KansasW 10-9
10/27@ Oklahoma St.L 17-17
11/03ColoradoW 28-16
11/10Iowa St.W 31-7
11/17@ Kansas St.W 50-21
11/23@ OklahomaL 0-27
01/01TexasW 19-3
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