1960 Orange Bowl
|1960 Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1960|
|Favorite||Georgia by 12 points|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Joe Boland & Paul Christman|
Georgia was champion of the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1948, and this was their first bowl appearance since 1950. Missouri was the runner-up in the Big Eight Conference, selected to play in this game over Oklahoma due to the conference's rule against consecutive bowl appearances; the Sooners had won the previous two Orange Bowls.
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. The Tiger 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.
The Bulldogs have not played in the Orange Bowl since this game, but Missouri returned the next year and won. Additionally, this would be the only meeting between the two schools in football until Missouri joined the SEC in 2012 and was slotted in the Eastern Division.
- Martin, Whitney (January 1, 1960). "Aerials may key contest". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. (Florida). Associated Press. p. 11.
- "Passes help Georgia win Orange Bowl 14-0". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1960. p. 5.