1966 Sugar Bowl

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1966 Sugar Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 17 3 0 20
Florida 0 0 0 18 18
Date January 1, 1966
Season 1965
Stadium Tulane Stadium
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Sugar Bowl
 < 1965  1967

The 1966 edition of the Sugar Bowl featured the sixth-ranked Missouri Tigers of the Big Eight Conference and the unranked Florida Gators of the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers entered the game with a 7-2-1 record during the 1965 season, while the Gators entered at 7-3.

After a scoreless first quarter, Missouri went on a tear in the second quarter. Brown scored on a 16-yard touchdown run giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Roland threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Denny as the Tigers extended their lead to 14-0. Bates kicked a 27-yard field goal as Missouri led 17-0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Bates kicked a 34-yard field goal as Missouri led 20-0 at the end of three. Florida attempted to make a furious comeback in the fourth quarter. Steve Spurrier threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to halfback Jack Harper as Florida got within 20-6. Spurrier threw another 21-yard touchdown pass to end Charles Casey as Florida got within 20-12. Spurrier scored himself from two yards out, as the score became 20-18. Florida failed on three consecutive 2-point conversion attempts, and had they just kicked the extra points, they may have ended with a win.

Despite playing on the losing team, Florida's Steve Spurrier was named Sugar Bowl MVP.

References[edit]

  • ESPN College Football Encyclopedia