1983 Missouri Tigers football
Holiday Bowl, L 17–21 vs. BYU
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Record7–5 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorLarry Beightol (1st season)
Home stadiumFaurot Field
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Nebraska $ 7 0 0 12 1 0
Missouri 5 2 0 7 5 0
Oklahoma 5 2 0 8 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0 8 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0 4 7 0
Kansas 2 5 0 4 6 1
Colorado 2 5 0 4 7 0
Kansas State 1 6 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team compiled a 7–5 record (5–2 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Big 8, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 292 to 202. Warren Powers was the head coach for the sixth of seven seasons.[1][2] The team played its home games at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Eric Drain with 685 rushing yards, Marlon Adler with 1,603 passing yards, and George Shorthose with 483 receiving yards.[3][4]

Following this season, Missouri went into a deep depression, enduring 13 consecutive losing seasons.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 10Illinois*W 28–18
September 17at Wisconsin*L 20–21
September 24Utah State*
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
W 17–10 45,033
October 1East Carolina*
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
L 6–13
October 8at ColoradoW 59–20
October 15No. 1 Nebraska
L 13–34
October 22Kansas State
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
W 38–0
October 29at Iowa StateW 41–18
November 5No. 11 Oklahoma
W 10–0
November 12Oklahoma State
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
W 16–10
November 19at KansasNo. 19L 27–37
December 23vs. No. 9 BYU*L 17–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1983 Missouri Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 86 Duane Davis Sr
TE 88 Tony Davis So
G 61 James Dempsey Jr
T 70 Denis Downey Sr
T 78 Andy Ekern Sr
TE 83 Andy Giber Sr
T 76 Conrad Goode Jr
C 53 Phil Greenfield So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 96 Bobby Bell Jr
DE 58 Stan Green Sr
DB 6 Raymond Harrison Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

References

  1. ^ "1983 Missouri Tigers Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "2016 Mizzou Football Media Guide" (PDF). University of Missouri. p. 158. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  3. ^ "2014 Mizzou Football Records Book" (PDF). University of Missouri. pp. 26–27. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2018. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "1983 Missouri Tigers Statistics". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 15, 2016.