1939 Missouri Tigers football
Big Six champion
ConferenceBig Six Conference
Ranking
APNo. 6
Record8–2 (5–0 Big 6)
Head coach
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 Big Six Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Missouri $ 5 0 0 8 2 0
No. 18 Nebraska 4 1 0 7 1 1
No. 19 Oklahoma 3 2 0 6 2 1
Kansas 1 4 0 2 6 0
Iowa State 1 4 0 2 7 0
Kansas State 1 4 0 4 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Six Conference (Big 6) during the 1939 college football season. The team compiled an 8–2 record (5–0 against Big 6 opponents), won the Big 6 championship, lost to Georgia Tech in the 1940 Orange Bowl, outscored all opponents by a combined total of 155 to 79, and was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll. Don Faurot was the head coach for the fifth of 19 seasons.[1][2] The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's leading scorer was Paul Christman with 42 points.[3] Christman was also selected as a first-team All-American by the All-America Board,[4] Collier's Weekly (chosen by Grantland Rice),[5] Newspaper Enterprise Association,[6] and The Sporting News.[4] He finished third in the 1939 Heisman Trophy voting, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956, and had his jersey (No. 44) retired at Missouri.[7]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 30Colorado*W 30–0
October 7at Ohio State*L 0–1958,165
October 14at Washington University*W 14–0
October 21Kansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO
W 9–7
October 28at Iowa StateW 21–6
November 4 No. 10 Nebraska
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO
W 27–13
November 11at No. 17 NYU*W 20–730,000[8]
November 18 No. 5 OklahomaNo. 12
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO
W 7–6
November 25at KansasNo. 10W 20–0
January 1, 1940vs. No. 16 Georgia TechNo. 6L 7–2135,000[9]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References

  1. ^ "1939 Missouri Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  2. ^ "2014 Mizzou Football Records Book" (PDF). University of Missouri. p. 40. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2019.
  3. ^ 2014 Mizzou Football Records Book, p. 26.
  4. ^ a b ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1178. ISBN 1401337031.
  5. ^ "All America Is Picked By Colliers". Wisconsin State Journal. 1939-12-09.
  6. ^ Harry Grayson (1939-11-28). "NEA Picks All America Eleven: Nile Kinnick Named Back of Season". Ironwood Daily Globe.
  7. ^ "2014 Mizzou Football Records Book" (PDF). University of Missouri. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "Christman sparks Missouri to 20–7 victory over N.Y.U." St. Louis Globe-Democrat. November 12, 1939. Retrieved June 22, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "35,000 See Missouri Beaten". The Miami Daily News. January 2, 1940. p. B1 – via Newspapers.com.