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Missouri outlasts Oklahoma State in the craziest fourth quarter of the bowl season

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It started innocently enough with Oklahoma State kicking a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to tie Missouri at 17-17 in the Cotton Bowl. Little did anyone who had watched the previous three quarters that the fireworks were about to be lit. Missouri and Oklahoma State combined for 41 points as Missouri came out on top with a 41-31 victory. Missouri’s Henry Josey rushed for two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help lead the Tigers to the win.

Missouri used both of their quarterbacks in the game. James Franklin started the game but struggled to find a rhythm against Oklahoma State’s persistent and determined defense. Franklin completed just four of his first 16 pass attempts before being replaced by Maty Mauk. Mauk provided a spark but the impact was short-lived in the first half. Franklin returned to the game and completed 11 of his 24 pass attempts since being replaced by Mauk, for 141 yards.

The first three quarters were more about defenses than anything else. Oklahoma State was kept off the scoreboard in the second quarter and went nearly 30 minutes between scores in a game that was supposed to be a shootout from the start. Perhaps the old Big 12 familiarity between the two programs crept in as a factor but the offenses took over in the fourth quarter to provide more of the type of game that was expected.The teams traded scores with Oklahoma State finally grabbing a lead with just over five minutes to play with a Desmond Roland touchdown run. Josey broke a 16-yard touchdown run two minutes later, and the defense of Missouri had the final laugh. Michael Sam rushed from the right side of the pocket and hit Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf to knock the football loose. Misso Shane Ray picked it up and ran down the right sideline for 73 yards and a double-digit lead just as the Cowboys were putting the pressure on. Chelf passed for 377 yards and two touchdowns, but he also was picked off twice and had the costly fumble.

Missouri may not ave won the SEC Championship Game, but the experiences from this season can help continue to grow the program to a perennial contender in the SEC East. The Tigers were aided by down years by Georgia and Florida, and they did lose at home to South Carolina and run out of steam against Auburn. The signs of progress were shown this season in Columbia, Missouri. Missouri fits in just fine in the SEC, and Friday night’s Cotton Bowl victory is the latest evidence to support that argument.

Missouri will look to continue to prove they are a contender in the SEC East and SEC next season. The Tigers will have a favorable schedule without crossover games against Alabama and LSU, but they will make trips to Georgia and Florida. Both programs should be ready for a bounce back in 2014. Missouri also plays host to American and Fiesta Bowl champion UCF in mid-September, which should be an entertaining match-up as well.

Oklahoma State will start the 2014 season right in this same building. The Cowboys will face Florida State in the season opener at AT&T Stadium. They could be facing the defending BCS champions being led by the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Unfortunately for Oklahoma State the Cowboys will be in a bit of a transition with their roster after losing a good number of seniors.

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25 Responses to “Missouri outlasts Oklahoma State in the craziest fourth quarter of the bowl season”
  1. daltongang1 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:53 AM

    Craziest 4th quarter of the Bowl Season was Braxton Miller and the ButtEyes chocking as usual… Doesn’t matter who coaches them, Ohio States Chokes!

  2. rabbi187 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:53 AM

    That was one of the worst officiated games I’ve seen in a while. Repeated miss call, non calls, and 3 reversals. Pathetic.

  3. Deb says: Jan 4, 2014 1:04 AM

    Congrats to Mizzou! Thrilling ending!

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 1:08 AM

    Way to go Mizzou!

  5. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:08 AM

    The SEC sucks!

  6. tmb333 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:49 AM

    Reviews corrected the errors. The PI on OSU was the correct call and for the record you could see the official throwing the flag before the interception. If not a PI it was defensive holding.

  7. normtide says: Jan 4, 2014 2:10 AM

    Another great bowl game. It’s sad that there is only a few days left in this season.

  8. pricecube says: Jan 4, 2014 3:10 AM

    @norm…

    Only nine more months til next season… it goes so fast but that is part of what makes it so so special.

  9. kcrobert10 says: Jan 4, 2014 4:13 AM

    I said on the preview we would win and you know what we did. Its amazing they did it in spite of there starting qb who kept turning the ball over. I feel really good about next yr with mauk at the helm. More sec and more M-i-z-z-o-u…

  10. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 4, 2014 8:40 AM

    Only thing better then this would be Auburn wiping that stupid look on Jameis Winston’s face.

  11. gr8force says: Jan 4, 2014 8:57 AM

    M-I-Z!
    Z-O-U!

  12. gamustangdude says: Jan 4, 2014 10:08 AM

    Looks like TEAM SEC won again (sarcastic). Mizzou just beat the entire Big 12 Last night once again proving how weak the Big 12 is (sarcastic). Looks like those pathetic BIG 12 fans would have to think up of more excuses to why they continue to get dominated by the SEC in the Cotton Bowl (sarcastic)

    Yep that’s sounds about like 90% of the post I read concerning OU’s now short lived victory over the “SEC”….I mean Alabama, last night.

  13. jjsooner says: Jan 4, 2014 10:49 AM

    Obviously I’m an OU fan so no dog in this fight. That was the worst officiated bowl game of the season. Ofcourse they were Big 10 officials. These asshats couldn’t even get a down marker right. On the final possession for OSU, with them driving, they run in and stop play to get the damn clock right and killed momentum which led to the finish. The better team sometimes doesn’t win. Oh well.

  14. kroenkesucks says: Jan 4, 2014 11:15 AM

    The only thing that would have been better would be if OU had lost, too. The Texas 12 can rot. There’s a reason why so many teams left. It starts with a T and ends with s.

  15. gamustangdude says: Jan 4, 2014 11:15 AM

    Funny how the Big 12 fans I’ve seen on here love to quickly label Mizzou has the preverbal “Big 12 whipping boy now in the SEC”, after said “whipping boy” beats one of their top programs, then it all becomes the refs fault. The ole “blame it on the refs” excuse is getting old and tired. Give it up already and take your ass whooping like a man.

  16. chunkala says: Jan 4, 2014 11:20 AM

    Writer calls it crazy 4th quarter, I call it football emulating a video game where teams suddenly ccan’t stop each other. Make the game shorter (less stoppages) if every game is going to have 100 points scored. Please make it harder for the offenses, outside of 1 receiver on each team, none of these offensive guys will be playing in NFL.

  17. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 4, 2014 11:25 AM

    gamustangdude,

    That is what makes the SEC the premier football conference. It’s not “just” Alabama. Hey, we got beat. OU outplayed us, were hungrier and in certain cases, we were out coached.

    As to your words, “the Big 12 being weak”, well, playing .500 ball in the bowl season at 3-3 representing a regional conference is not going to actually thrill recruits. When your conference champion,Baylor, is spanked convincingly on national TV by a supposed mid major, UCF, it does not bode well for the Big 12 image nationally. The SEC is 6 – 2 with two games left to play. Should we end up 8-2 in bowl play with Bama and Georgia being the two losses, I take it gladly and look forward to the new 2014 football season, the advent of the SEC Network and the upcoming football playoff system.

    RTR

  18. jbaxt says: Jan 4, 2014 12:08 PM

    People are going to be mad when the playoff turns into an extended version of the SEC championship. So glad MU had such success in just year 2. That should only help them with recruiting and continued success in clearly the best conference. Don’t worry big 12, you still gave your volleyball and basketball.

  19. omniscient48 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:22 PM

    Why did the Missouri coach leave Franklin in the game when he was playing so horribly? He had that Mauk who was playing great. It was almost as if the Missouri coach wanted to lose the game. They won a very entertaining game despite Franklin’s performance. In fact, had the Missouri coach let Mauk play in the SEC Championship game, they might have won (since their defense might have been more rested)

  20. southernpatriots says: Jan 4, 2014 12:47 PM

    gamustangdude: You are too funny. If SEC teams continue their dominance in the bowls, I like the trend. We could rename the bowls “Year of the Tiger” is Auburn wins.

    It would be:

    LSU Tigers win
    Missouri Tigers win
    Auburn Tigers win
    and if you want to add…
    Clemson Tigers win

    Could be “Year of the Tiger”

  21. jjsooner says: Jan 4, 2014 1:07 PM

    amosalanzostagg – I beg to differ. OU just flat out beat a “superior” team withsupposed “superior talent”. UCF reminds me of that Utah team, a “mid major”, who clocked Bama in the same bowl 3 or 4 years ago. Your rationale just doesn’t hold up dude. Please tell me you’re smarter than believing in recruiting class rankings and all that BS. Ask Texas how those 5* classes are working out for them. This is coming from a Bama fan(me) who has been a lifelong Sooner fan and a grad as well. There are 2 really good teams in the SEC, Bama and Auburn. A&M got really lucky and had 3 terrible officiating calls go against Duke that changed the game. LSU won and came no where close to covering. I’m rooting for Auburn on Monday. I’ll keep taking those 3 and 4* guys all day, everyday. Same talent and less ego = coachable. Auburn should be just fine. OU is 3-0 against FSU since 2000. So Auburn should win because of the tougher schedule and luck. War Eagle buddy!!!

  22. jjsooner says: Jan 4, 2014 1:16 PM

    gamustangdude – are you smoking crack??? Either you’re just clueless or you didn’t watch the MIzzou – OSU game. If MIZZOU is so good now in the SEC, why were they getting their asses kicked in the BIG 12 annually? Check out their record against the upper echelon Big 12 teams!!!

    Back to the Cotton Bowl, those officials were just plain stupid for how that entire game was called. Watch the damn game before you open your mouth and remove all doubt that you’re just clueless.

    Overrated SEC teams: LSU, A&M & GEORGIA.
    Sthu

  23. kroenkesucks says: Jan 4, 2014 1:46 PM

    jjsooner – So your damned team won one bowl game. It just proves the old saying about OU. “Best team money can buy.”

  24. kcrobert10 says: Jan 4, 2014 1:52 PM

    Man I’m tired of hearing the Missouri was in the big 12 and got whooped all the time. I remember beating ou, Nebraska, and Texas a few times to. It doesn’t matter anymore we left u guys cause u refused to treat everyone as equal. That’s the nice thing about the sec we truly get treated as an equal partner. I never felt that in the big 12 no matter how many times we won it was always about Texas or Oklahoma. So lets just go with facts Missouri beat ok st last night not because of refs but because they were better. Ok st only has them selves to blam they had plenty of turnovers and didn’t capitalize. Final fact university of Kansas is a bunch of punk blip blip blips and are scared to get on the field and court with Missouri and take there beatings like a man. U guys are a sad sack conference and I for one am so glad to not have to put up with u losers anymore.

  25. auburntigers34 says: Jan 4, 2014 3:31 PM

    Missouri averaged almost 10 wins a season their last 5 years in the Big 12. They were obviously more than holding their own in that conference……the same goes for this year in the SEC. They’re a solid program.

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