Missouri scored first with a 2-yard touchdown run from running back Eric Drain giving the Tigers an early 7-0 lead. In the second quarter, BYU quarterback Steve Young scored on a 10-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7. Missouri's Brad Burditt kicked a 37-yard field goal, as Missouri took a 10-7 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, BYU came up on top, thanks to a 33-yard touchdown pass from Steve Young to Eddie Stinnett giving BYU a 14-10 lead. In the fourth quarter, Eric Drain scored on his second rushing touchdown of the game, a 2 yarder, for the Tigers to take a 17-14 lead. With just 23 seconds left, Steve Young gave a handoff to Eddie Stinnett. Stinnett then turned around and passed it back to Steve Young, who caught it and ran in for a touchdown, giving BYU a 21-17 win.
Young achieved a rare feat in college football: one touchdown pass, one touchdown run, and one touchdown reception all in a single game. For his efforts, he was named offensive MVP. Missouri's Bobby Bell was awarded the defensive MVP.
The game was placed in NCAA Football video games as a "College Classic", challenging players to recreate the ending. The challenge begins the Cougars' final scoring drive of the game, with the player attempting to score the go-ahead touchdown.