In the only meeting between Georgia and Missouri, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 14-0 in the 1960 Orange Bowl. Led by future NFL Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton at quarterback, Georgia claimed the 1959 SEC Championship at 10-1 overall in the regular season and was awarded a berth in the Orange Bowl. However, #2 Ole Miss and #3 LSU, both ranked higher than Georgia though the Bulldogs had a better conference record, re-matched in the Sugar Bowl with the Rebels claiming a 21-0 victory, avenging their only loss of the season and finishing second nationally behind Syracuse.

Tarkenton cuts it loose against Missouri in the 1960 Orange Bowl. (Credit: OrangeBowl.org)

Meanwhile in Miami, #5 Georgia met #18 Missouri, which was 6-5 overall and second in the then-Big 7 to Oklahoma.

It was Georgia head coach Wally Butts’ last of four SEC championships as he would retire following the 1960 season. Missouri was led by second-year head coach Dan Devine, who would lead the Tigers until 1970 before leaving for the Green Bay Packers and later Notre Dame. Butts’ overall record in 21 years at Georgia was 140-86-9, marking him second in wins behind Vince Dooley, while Devine finished with a 93-37-7 record (.704 percentage) in 13 years at Missouri.

Ironically, Devine was in his last game as Notre Dame’s head coach in the 1981 Sugar Bowl when the Bulldogs beat the Irish 17-10 to claim the 1980 national championship.

Another notable SEC name on Georgia’s 1960 Orange Bowl team was former Auburn head coach and Augusta, Ga., native Pat Dye, who performed for the Bulldogs as a first-team all-SEC lineman.

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