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2010 Oct 26

11 Memorable Nebraska-Missouri Games


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It lacked the yearly stakes of Nebraska-Oklahoma. And the hate-fueled enmity of Missouri-Kansas. But the Nebraska-Missouri series, with the Victory Bell at stake, never lacked for passion, enjoying more than its share of great moments over the years. Here's 11.

1963 Nebraska 13 Missouri 12: The Huskers' first win over Mizzou since 1956 was a thriller in Columbia. The Tigers, trailing 13-12 midway through the fourth quarter, failed to convert a 2-point conversion after a touchdown. NU's next drive ate up almost all of the remaining clock. Nebraska went on to play the Orange Bowl.

1973 Missouri 13 Nebraska 12: The shoe was on the other foot, as Husker quarterback David Humm's 2-point conversion pass was intercepted in the end zone with one minute left in the fourth quarter. NU's undefeated season was lost despite outgaining the Tigers 440-170. Mizzou stayed undefeated for two more weeks until losing to Colorado.

1976 Missouri 34 Nebraska 24: A back-and-forth game turned on a single play, with the Tigers trailing 24-23. Missouri quarterback Pete Woods hit receiver Joe Stewart for a 98-yard touchdown pass two minutes into the fourth quarter, silencing a Memorial Stadium crowd hoping to see NU ascend to the No. 1 ranking. The Tigers tacked on a 2-point conversion and a field goal for the final margin.

1978 Missouri 35 Nebraska 31: One week after Tom Osborne won his first game over Oklahoma, the Huskers were stung by James Wilder and the Tigers, who delivered Osborne perhaps his most bitter loss, overshadowing one of the great offensive performances in Husker history by running back Rick Berns, who rushed for 255 yards on 35 carries.

1979 Nebraska 23 Missouri 20: Just as thrilling as the 1978 game. Mizzou quarterback Phil Bradley rallied the Tigers from a 20-7 deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. Nebraska's Dean Sukup countered with 19-yard field goal in the fourth. Bradley then led one final drive to the NU 11-yard line where, instead of going for the tie, Missouri went for the victory. NU's Derrie Nelson sacked Bradley to end the game. After the game, NU All-American I-back Jarvis Redwine said his in-game knee injury was caused by Missouri players purposely diving at his legs during an extra point.

1981 Nebraska 6 Missouri 0: A defensive battle to end them all, with sophomore Turner Gill leading his first memorable touchdown drive, going 64 yards in two minutes for the game's only score. Phil Bates' three-yard touchdown run won the game with 23 seconds left.

1988 Nebraska 26 Missouri 18: Fifth-ranked NU found itself in a four-quarter slugfest with an inspired Missouri team, just 2-5-1 at the time, which used four field goals from Chris Jacke to stay in the game. Mizzou led 6-0 at halftime and 18-17 early in the fourth quarter. Bryan Carpenter busted a fullback trap 49 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth for the winning score.

1997 Nebraska 45 Missouri 38 OT: Flea kicker. What's memorable about this game, besides Matt Davison's miraculous grab, were how unstoppable both offenses were – they combined for 914 yards - until Missouri simply needed a convert a third down to seal the win, and couldn't. The Tigers' offense fell apart in the overtime, too.

2003 Missouri 41 Nebraska 24: Mizzou's first win over Nebraska in 25 years was quite dramatic, as the Tigers overcame a 24-14 deficit by scoring 27 straight points in the fourth quarter. It was the first two great games Missouri quarterback Brad Smith had against the Huskers.

2007 Missouri 41 Nebraska 6: The beginning of the Big Red's Black October. Mizzou thoroughly humiliated the Huskers on national TV, setting in motion the firing of Steve Pederson and Bill Callahan.

2009 Nebraska 27 Missouri 12: Mizzou appeared to be coasting with a 12-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter before Zac Lee hit Niles Paul for a 56-yard touchdown pass just one minute into the final stanza. Two interceptions of Blaine Gabbert led to two more Husker touchdowns, and NU tacked on a final score in the game's last minute. The lasting of this game is Ndamukong Suh sacking and stripping Gabbert all in one motion, hobbling the Missouri QB in the first half, which came into play later when a gimpy Gabbert threw his interceptions.

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Tags: mizzou game, ndamukong suh, turner gill, david humm, niles paul

Comments (5)

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I can't wait for Saturday!

– Oct 26, 2010 at 3:17 pm

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actually '82 was not a comeback win, but was still a good game. should have done my research first.

– Oct 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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This series does have some good history of intense hard hitting games. Hoping to see one of those this Saturday!


– Oct 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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should have put '82 on here. A close come from behind win for NU. Mike Rozier played hurt for much of the second half i think.

– Oct 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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I was a recruit at the 1976 game and it was so foggy we could not see the TD at the end of the 98 yd pass. All we could do is listen to the crowd and we knew it wasn't good. Go Huskers and kick some Missou can saturday!

– Oct 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

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