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Missouri QB change generates spark for halftime lead in Cotton Bowl

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The Cotton Bowl was supposed to be a showcase of offensive firepower, but both Missouri and Oklahoma State have been started slowly. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkell even made a quarterback change in the second quarter in hopes of lighting a fuse, and it may have worked. Missouri leads their old Big 12 competition, 17-7, at the half.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin got off to a horrid start, completing just four of his first 16 pass attempts for 33 yards and an interception. Maty Mauk took all of two pass attempts to nearly equal the total yardage through the air (32 yards) and he completed a touchdown pass to Marcus Lucas to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Mauk is also leading all players with 73 rushing yards at the half for good measure. Franklin did later return to the field to lead the offense, so Pinkell may be looking for ways to use both of his quarterbacks.

Oklahoma State’s offense is still capable of breaking out at any moment, but they are being kept under control by Missouri’s bend-but-don’t-break¬†defense so far. The defense is not playing too poorly either. Both teams are putting up pretty even numbers, but if Mauk continues to find a way to make some things happen in the second half then the Cowboys are going to need to find some¬†way to turn in some points in a hurry. The up-tempo offense has not had a chance to do much so far.

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2 Responses to “Missouri QB change generates spark for halftime lead in Cotton Bowl”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 12:55 AM

    Missouri Wins Cotton Bowl! Congrats to Missouri for making it another dominating bowl season for SEC teams. I thought Missouri would be very hard pressed to win, but win they did and did us all proud!

    The Tigers are doing well!

    LSU Tigers beat Iowa Hawkeyes in Outback Bowl

    Missouri Tigers beat OK State in the Cotton Bowl

    Clemson Tigers beat Ohio State in the Orange Bowl

    This is the bowl season of the Tigers!

  2. omniscient48 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:17 PM

    Congrats to Missouri for a very entertaining game. Why in the world did their coach leave James Franklin in the game when Mauk was so much better? They won despite Franklin playing terribly. It was almost as if their coach was TRYING to lose the game.

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