1960 Orange Bowl
26th Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Missouri 0000 0
Georgia 7700 14
DateJanuary 1, 1960
Season1959
StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
FavoriteGeorgia by 12 points[1]
Attendance72,186
United States TV coverage
NetworkCBS
AnnouncersJoe Boland, Paul Christman
Orange Bowl
 < 1959  1961

The 1960 Orange Bowl was the 26th edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, on Friday, January 1. Part of the 1959–60 bowl game season, the fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) shut out the #18 Missouri Tigers of the Big Eight Conference, 14–0.[2][3][4]

Teams

Main article: 1959 NCAA University Division football season

Missouri

Main article: 1959 Missouri Tigers football team

Missouri was the runner-up in the Big Eight Conference, selected to play in this game over Oklahoma due to the conference's new (and short-lived) rule against consecutive bowl appearances;[5] the Sooners had won the previous two Orange Bowls. The Tigers had four losses in the regular season.

Georgia

Main article: 1959 Georgia Bulldogs football team

Georgia was champion of the Southeastern Conference for the first time in eleven years, and made their first bowl appearance since 1950. Their only loss was in early October at South Carolina.

Game summary

Georgia quarterback Fran Tarkenton threw a 29-yard pass to Bill McKenny to give the Bulldogs a 7–0 lead in the first. In the second quarter, he scrambled and threw a touchdown pass of 33 yards to Aaron Box to make it 14–0 at halftime, and the second half was scoreless.[4] The Missouri offense outgained the Bulldogs in yards, but could not reach the end zone due to three interceptions. Tarkenton threw nine-of-16 passes for 131 yards.[2][3][4][6]

Aftermath

Missouri won the Orange Bowl the next year. Georgia's next major bowl was seven years later, when they won the Cotton Bowl.

The Bulldogs did not return to the Orange Bowl until December 31, 2021. They were ranked No. 3 and faced No. 2 Michigan in the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal, winning 34–11.

This was the only meeting between the two programs until Missouri joined the SEC in 2012 and was slotted in the Eastern Division.

Statistics

Statistics Georgia Missouri
First Downs 14 17
Rushing Yards 88 80
Passing Yards 128 180
Total Offense 216 260
Interceptions 2 3
Punts–Average 7–46.9 6–38.7
Fumbles–Lost 1–0 3–0
Penalties–Yards 7–44 7–72
Source:[2][4]

References

  1. ^ Martin, Whitney (January 1, 1960). "Aerials may key contest". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. p. 11.
  2. ^ a b c Martin, Whitney (January 2, 1960). "Two pass plays difference as Georgia tops Missouri". Youngstown Vindicator. (Ohio). Associated Press. p. 6.
  3. ^ a b "Georgia wins, 14-0, on defense, passes". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. January 2, 1960. p. 6.
  4. ^ a b c d "Passes help Georgia win Orange Bowl 14-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1960. p. 5.
  5. ^ "Titles, bowls are Saturday's honors". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. November 20, 1959. p. 16.
  6. ^ "The 1960s | Orange Bowl".