1970 Orange Bowl

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1970 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Penn State 10000 10
Missouri 0300 3
DateJanuary 1, 1970
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPQB Chuck Burkhart
DT Mike Reid
RefereePaul Bertha (ECAC)
(split crew between ECAC and Big Eight)
Halftime showBryce Wetwiski
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersJim Simpson and Al DeRogatis
Orange Bowl
 < 1969  1971

The 1970 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Missouri Tigers.


This was Penn State's second straight Orange Bowl appearance, after they declined an invitation to play #1 ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl Classic. This was Missouri's third Orange Bowl appearance in ten years. Missouri was co champion of the Big Eight Conference for the first time since 1960. This is to date the last time Missouri has won a conference championship.

Game summary[edit]

A field goal gave the Nittany Lions an early lead. On the ensuing kickoff, the Tigers fumbled, and Penn State recovered. On their first play, quarterback Chuck Burkhart threw a touchdown to Lydell Mitchel, giving them a 10-0 lead. Missouri had more turnovers (9, including 7 interceptions) than points (a field goal, scored before the first half ended). The second half was scoreless as Penn State clinched their second straight undefeated season, but due to Texas' victory in the Cotton Bowl the same day, they were declared champions. [1]


The Nittany Lions returned to the Orange Bowl four years later. Devine would leave Missouri a season later. The Tigers haven't returned to the Orange Bowl, nor played in any other major bowl, since. (NOTE: Missouri played in the Fiesta Bowl in 1972 and the Cotton Bowl in 2007 and 2013, but those were not considered major bowls at the time the Tigers played in those games. The Fiesta and Cotton bowls became part of the College Football Playoff rotation in 2014.)


Statistics Penn State Missouri
First Downs 12 13
Yards Rushing 57 189
Yards Passing 187 117
Total Yards 244 306
Punts-Average 12-43.1 6-44.7
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-2
Interceptions 1 7
Penalties-Yards 5-40 3-25