1970 Orange Bowl

The 1970 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Missouri Tigers.

1970 Orange Bowl
Penn State Nittany Lions Missouri Tigers
(10–0) (9–1)
10 3
Head coach: 
Joe Paterno
Head coach: 
Dan Devine
1234 Total
Penn State 10000 10
Missouri 0300 3
DateJanuary 1, 1970
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPQB Chuck Burkhart
DT Mike Reid
RefereePaul Bertha (ECAC)
(split crew between ECAC and Big Eight)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJim Simpson and Al DeRogatis


This was Penn State's second straight Orange Bowl appearance, after they declined an invitation to play #1 ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic. This was Missouri's third Orange Bowl appearance in ten years. Missouri was co champion of the Big Eight Conference for the first time since 1960. This is to date the last time Missouri has won a conference championship.

Game summary

A field goal gave the Nittany Lions an early lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers fumbled, and Penn State recovered. On their first play, quarterback Chuck Burkhart threw a touchdown to Lydell Mitchel, giving them a 10-0 lead. Missouri had more turnovers (9, including 7 interceptions) than points (a field goal, scored before the first half ended). The second half was scoreless as Penn State clinched their second straight undefeated season, but due to Texas' victory in the Cotton Bowl the same day, they were declared champions. [1]


The Nittany Lions returned to the Orange Bowl four years later. Devine would leave Missouri a season later. The Tigers haven't returned to the Orange Bowl since this game.


Statistics Penn State Missouri
First Downs 12 13
Yards Rushing 57 189
Yards Passing 187 117
Total Yards 244 306
Punts-Average 12-43.1 6-44.7
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2
Interceptions 1 7
Penalties-Yards 5-40 3-25


  1. ^ http://game.orangebowl.org/orange-bowl-history/the-history-of-the-orange-bowl/1970s/1970/
1969 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1969 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1969 college football season. The team compiled a 9–2 record (6–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for the Big 8 championship, lost to Penn State in the 1970 Orange Bowl, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 365 to 191. Dan Devine was the head coach for the 12th of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Joe Moore with 1,312 rushing yards, Terry McMillan with 1,963 passing yards and 2,157 yards of total offense, Mel Gray with 705 receiving yards, and Henry Brown with 71 points scored.

1969 NFL playoffs

The NFL playoffs following the 1969 NFL season determined the league's representative in Super Bowl IV.

This was the last NFL playoff tournament before the AFL–NFL merger and the last awarding of the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy to the NFL champion, which was introduced in 1934.

1969 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 1969 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University in the 1969 NCAA University Division football season.

Despite posting its second consecutive undefeated, untied season, the Nittany Lions did not have a shot at the national championship. President Richard Nixon said that he would consider the winner of the December 6 matchup between the Texas Longhorns and the Arkansas Razorbacks, then ranked at the top of the polls, and the real voters do not seem to have differed. At the time, national champions were selected before bowl games were played. Paterno, at the 1973 commencement, was quoted saying, "I'd like to know how could the president know so little about Watergate in 1973 and so much about college football in 1969?" Then Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer, got the White House's attention with Penn State's 2 season undefeated streak. A White House assistant called Paterno to invite him and the team to the White House to receive a trophy for their accomplishment. Paterno has stated many times that he responded with, "You can tell the president to take that trophy and shove it." Penn State declined an invitation to play the Texas/Arkansas winner in the Cotton Bowl Classic, instead playing sixth-ranked Missouri in the 1970 Orange Bowl. Penn State beat Missouri 10–3, while Texas beat Notre Dame 21–17 and was Consensus National Champion. Penn State was selected co-national champion by FACT and Sagarin, both NCAA-designated major selectors.

Dan Devine

Daniel John Devine (December 22, 1924 – May 9, 2002) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Arizona State University from 1955 to 1957, the University of Missouri from 1958 to 1970, and the University of Notre Dame from 1975 to 1980, compiling a career college football mark of 173–56–9. Devine was also the head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers from 1971 to 1974, tallying a mark of 25–27–4. His 1977 Notre Dame team won a national championship after beating Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Devine was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1985.

Marching Mizzou

Marching Mizzou, M2, or The Big 'M' of the Midwest is the performing marching band for the University of Missouri, founded in 1885 as a college military band. Originally consisting of only 12 members, it is now the largest student organization on the MU campus, drawing students from nearly every major. Marching Mizzou performs at all home football games of the Missouri Tigers football team, in addition to other university events; a reduced band travels to the Tigers' away games, while the entire band regularly follows the team to conference championship games and bowl games. Marching Mizzou's signature drill "Flip Tigers" has been a well-known tradition of its pre-game show since 1960. It is instructed by University of Missouri School of Music faculty.

History & conference tie-ins

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