1966 Sugar Bowl
|1966 Sugar Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1966|
|Location||New Orleans, Louisiana|
The 1966 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 two-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.