A Look Back to an Old Tiger/Husker Matchup
Ten years ago, these two teams had quite a game at Faurot Field. In the early 1990s, Missouri football was in a serious drought.
Across the border, rival Nebraska was collecting National Championships. But in 1997, the ball was bouncing Missouri's way. Head coach Larry Smith devised a powerful running attack. Four Tigers gained more than 500 yards each, good enough for sixth in the nation.
Along with a stingy defense, Missouri posted its first winning season in 15 years. With a 6-3 record, the Tigers were already bowl-bound, but there was one mountain left to climb. Nebraska came to town without a single loss on the season.
The Huskers had not suffered a defeat against Missouri since 1978. The matchup featured the number one team in the polls, a packed Faurot Field and a neck-and-neck battle. Corby Jones connected with Eddie Brooks to put the Tigers up 38-31 late in the 4th quarter.
But, with a minute left and 67 yards to go, Nebraska drove downfield, setting up one of the most infamous plays in Missouri football history.
From there, the momentum belonged to the Cornhuskers, who pulled out the 45-38 victory.
But for a team that lost on a fifth down, seven years before, the Tigers had taken a big step forward.
It was another unlucky outcome for Mizzou. And as the years pass, it's the same replay, with the same result. A big upset comes up short, by a foot. A decade later, the Tigers and Huskers kick off Saturday night at 8:15 p.m.