1959 Missouri Tigers football
Orange Bowl, L 0–14 vs. Georgia
ConferenceBig Seven Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 18
Record6–5 (4–2 Big 7)
Head coach
Home stadiumMemorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Seven Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 15 Oklahoma $ 5 1 0 7 3 0
No. 18 Missouri 4 2 0 6 5 0
Colorado 3 3 0 5 5 0
Iowa State 3 3 0 7 3 0
Kansas 3 3 0 5 5 0
Nebraska 2 4 0 4 6 0
Kansas State 1 5 0 2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1959 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Seven Conference (Big 7) during the 1959 NCAA University Division football season. The team compiled a 6–5 record (4–2 against Big 7 opponents), finished in second place in the Big 7, lost to Georgia in the 1960 Orange Bowl, was ranked No. 17 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 125 to 124. Dan Devine was the head coach for the second of 13 seasons.[1][2] The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Mel West with 556 rushing yards and 556 yards of total offense, Phil Snowden with 415 passing yards, Russ Sloan with 128 receiving yards, and Donnie Smith with 24 point scored.[3]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 19Penn StateL 8–1928,000
September 26at Michigan*W 20–1550,533[4]
October 3at Iowa StateW 14–010,632
October 9at No. 15 SMU*L 2–2333,000
October 17Oklahoma
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO (rivalry)
L 0–2338,561
October 24Nebraska
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO (rivalry)
W 9–027,305
October 31at ColoradoL 20–2128,422
November 7No. 18 Air Force*
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO
W 13–032,000[5]
November 14Kansas State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Columbia, MO
W 26–0
November 21at KansasW 13–940,000[6]
January 1vs. No. 5 Georgia*No. 18L 0–1472,186[7][8][9]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

References

  1. ^ "1959 Missouri Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Mizzou Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Missouri. p. 158. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "2014 Mizzou Football Records Book" (PDF). University of Missouri. pp. 26–27. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  4. ^ "Missouri 'Shows Up' Michigan, 20-15". Detroit Free Press. September 27, 1959. p. 1D – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Falcons lose to Missouri". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. November 8, 1959. p. 3B.
  6. ^ "KU's version of a 'Sugar' Bowl". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). (photo). November 23, 1959. p. 1.
  7. ^ Martin, Whitney (January 2, 1960). "Two pass plays difference as Georgia tops Missouri". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Georgia wins, 14-0, on defense, passes". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 2, 1960. p. 6.
  9. ^ "Passes help Georgia win Orange Bowl 14-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1960. p. 5.