Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Revisiting the Missouri vs Nebraska Rivalry

Posted By on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Missouri vs Nebraska; Tigers against Cornhuskers; the Battle for the Victory Bell. Whatever you want to call it, this series was one of the best in college football for over a century playing 104 times since their first meeting in 1892, which Nebraska won. Nebraska leads the all time series 65-36-3 and presently are in possession of the Victory Bell trophy but they haven't played since 2010 when #14 Nebraska beat #6 Missouri 31-17 after both teams chose to leave the Big XII Conference for the Big Ten and SEC respectively.

These two universities have combined to play in some of the most exciting games of all time, including the infamous Flea Kicker play in 1997. If you watched this game you will never forget the play when with seven seconds left in the game and trailing by a touchdown AP #1 Nebraska hiked the ball from the Missouri 12 yard line and what happened next could only be described as an act of God.

Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost threw a pass towards the end zone, hitting his receiver in the chest before falling towards the ground only to be kicked back up in the air not once, but twice before finally being caught by Cornhusker Matt Davison for a touchdown as time expired. The game would eventually go into Overtime with Nebraska winning the game and heading onto a National Championship. Missouri as a member of the SEC now averages $165 for tickets to their upcoming season while Husker tickets average slightly more for the season, coming in at $180 as a member of the Big Ten.

It truly is a shame these two teams don't play on a yearly, or even regular, basis but there is always hope that they will schedule each other one day in the future. Maybe a little bit more hope now that the SEC has decided that beginning in 2016 its member institutions will have to schedule one team a year from one of the other major conferences (ie ACC, Big Ten, Big XII, Pac 12). It may not be for a few years but one day the two schools will meet on the gridiron again; theres just too much history not too.

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