1970

1970

Penn State 10
Missouri 3

January 1, 1970 – Orange Bowl Stadium
 
PSU Finishes Undefeated, No. 2
Second-ranked Penn State saw its chances for a national title expire when Texas finished its season earlier in the day with a Cotton Bowl title, but Joe Paterno's squad still completed an undefeated season with a 10-3 win over Missouri.
 
Penn State scored all 10 of its points in a 21-second span during the first quarter. Following a 29-yard field goal, the Nittany Lions recovered a Missouri fumble on the ensuing kickoff and quarterback Chuck Burkhart hit Lydell Mitchell with a 28-yard touchdown strike on the next play.
 
Missouri lost two fumbles and had an Orange Bowl-record seven passes intercepted by the Penn State defense. Penn State sophomore Franco Harris had 17 carries for 46 yards in a game that featured 19 future National Football League stars.
 

  PSU MIZZ
First Downs 12 13
Rushing Attempts 54 43
Rushing Yards 57 189
Passes Attempted 26 28
Passes Completed 11 6
Had Intercepted 1 7
Passing Yards 187 117
Total Offense 244 306
Punts/Avg. 12/43.1 6/44.7
Fumbles/Lost  0/0 4/2
Penalties/Yards 5/40 3/25

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Penn State 10 0 0 0 - 10
Missouri 0 3 0 0 - 3

                                       
SCORING SUMMARY
PSU: Reitz 29-yard FG; PSU: Mitchell 28-yard pass from Burkhart (Reitz kick); MIZZ: Brown 33-yard FG MOP: Chuck Burkhart (Penn State), Mike Reid (Penn State)
 
Penn State Head Coach: Joe Paterno
Missouri Head Coach: Dan Devine

 

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