Memorial Stadium, Lincoln — Missouri extended its football supremacy over Nebraska to three years Saturday with a 28-0 romp.
The Tigers were in command all the way, traveling at a touchdown-per-quarter gait.
When the Cornhuskers defense crumbled and the promised offensive failed to materialize, there was little for the partisan homecoming crowd of 32 thousand to cheer.
In victory, Missouri gave convincing evidence it deserves the high ranking enjoyed nationally.
The Tiger attack was the most convincing displayed at Lincoln in several years. The defense, which shackled the impotent Cornhuskers all afternoon, was equally potent.
Although operating on a field made slippery by a rain which persisted during the first quarter, Missouri scored three times on the ground and once by the air.
Over the turf they counted once on a plunge and once on a long run.
The aggressive Tigers would have added three more points if a successful field goal attempt on the last play of the first half had been counted. A twelfth Missourian on the field nullified the effort.
For Nebraska the Cornhusker performance was as dreary as the weather.
The only tie the Cornhuskers had an opportunity to shout came during the last five minutes — the brief period when the field was blessed with sunshine.
This final bid was a quick 79-yard thrust with John Faiman, Omaha South sophomore, at the controls.
The Huskers got this last chance when a jarring tackle by West Point’s Bob Jones jolted the bill from the arms of Skip Snyder, Missouri’s second-string Quarterback.
Husker Dick Kosier recovered on the Nebraska 13.
A Faiman pitch to Clay White for 17 started the sweep, passes to Dick McDaniel for 11, Don Purcell for 13 hurried the Scarlet deep into Missouri territory.
Tackle Ron McDole saved the drive when he retrieved Bennie Dillard’s fumble on the 15.
McDole’s effort went for naught. After Faiman had wedged to a first down on the Tiger seven the hitless Huskers got only to the five.
Nebraska’s deep penetration was against the Tiger first secondary and second line. It came after Missouri was home with 28 points.
When Missouri marched 77 yards for their first-quarter touchdown it was the fifth game in seven outings the Tigers have scored the first time they gained possession of the ball.
The Tigers needed 16 plays for their initial drive.
And, in this early maneuvering they served notice it was to be a long afternoon for the Cornhuskers.
Mel West and Donnie Smith, the Big Eight’s leading rushers, provided the one-two punch which wore down the Nebraska barrier.
Norris Stevenson, a ranking conference sprinter, added the surprise wallop and later the big play which broke the Huskers’ backs.
Ron Taylor, the Bengals quarterback smoothie, used only one pass en route to pay territory.
His pitch to Danny LaRose, All-America candidate, brought a first down on the Nebraska 31.
The toss loosened the Scarlet secondary for Smith’s slant to the 19 on the next play.
Missouri had to call on two fourth-down plays to negotiate the last 19 yards.
West answered the first challenge with a three-yard tackle smash to the eight. Smith got the score with a fourth-down plunge from six inches out.
Bill Tobin, sophomore fullback from Maryville, converted, his fourth of four successful kicks.
There was 10:30 played when the Tigers drew first blood.
The Huskers hung on the remainder of the initial quarter and were in position to escape the second period until a fumble hand-off, Faiman to Bernie Clay, suddenly placed the Tigers in scoring position.
The ball shot from Faiman’s hands and was batted around before Mizzou Guard Paul Hanley finally made the grab on the Nebraska 31.
With the clock running out the Tigers took to the air for the big bites.
Taylor’s pitch to LaRose was good for a first down on the 15. His third-down toss to Connie Hitchler got to the one.
Hitchler’s catch produced a momentary rhubarb as Nebraska’s Pat Fischer leaped high for an interception tumbled to the turn with the Tiger receiver.
The officials ruled “simultaneous” catch and gave Missouri the ball.
Smith got the last yard after Taylor’s sneak failed.
It simply wasn’t Nebraska’s day as with only 1:15 left Missouri still had time to try for another score before the intermission.
This came when Fischer, attempting to pass, was rapped by Tiger End Tom Carpenter.
LaRose recovered on the Nebraska 15, which set up the 31-yard Tobin placement nullified when Missouri’s Andy Russell, twelfth man, neglected to leave the field.
Missouri’s third touchdown was a quickie — a 69-yard run by Stevenson on the third scrimmage play of the second half.
Stevenson leaped through a yawning hole in the left side of the Nebraska line, then sprinted down the east sidelines. He pulled away from Nebraska’s Clay White in the last 30.
Tobin’s placement from the 12 was to the left near the close of the third quarter and so the Tigers had to be content with a final seven points.
These were a gift like the second Tiger rally.
The Tigers took over for the finale when a weird pitch-out by Fischer to Bennie Dillard on the last play of the third period went haywire and Tiger Tackle Ed Blaine recovered on the Nebraska 20.
Mizzou needed just one play to score.
A 20-yard pass down the middle caught Nebraska asleep as Beal made the grab by his lonesome.
Until the Faiman flurry in the last quarter Nebraska only had the ball past mid-field twice.
The first penetration came soon after the start of the second quarter.
A drive which opened from the Husker 15 late in the first period bogged down when a fourth-down fake kick by Archie Cobb and Fischer’s pass to Purcell missed connections.
Missouri took possession on its 41, then returned the ball to the Huskers on the next play.
Clay jarred the pigskin loose from West and Center Don Fricke recovered on the Tiger 46.
A 12-yard Fischer-Purcell pass yielded a first down on the Tiger 33 but Nebraska cheers were silenced when Fischer on the next play threw into the arms of Tiger Snyder.
Clay provided the Huskers with their only third-quarter excitement.
Nebraska blocking, which was miserable most of the afternoon, gave Clay daylight from the Huskers, 25.
Bernie dashed through the line and for a moment seemed headed for the long run. But the ball popped from his arms and Missouri’s Snyder recovered on the Husker 38.
The bobble didn’t cost Nebraska as Tobin’s placekick failed.
Missouri (7-0) has Colorado at home Saturday, then travels to Oklahoma before entering Kansas.
Nebraska (3-4) is at Kansas Saturday, finishes its home slate with Oklahoma State the following week, then winds up the season at Oklahoma.
Nebraska is 65-36 all-time against Missouri.
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