AT&T COTTON BOWL
8:00 PM ET, January 3, 2014
8:00 PM ET, January 3, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Missouri got the big plays it needed at the end of the AT&T Cotton Bowl to beat an old rival.
Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown after that as the No. 8 Tigers beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 late Friday night.
The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded scores on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was sacked and fumbled with a minute left. Ray picked up the ball and rumbled down the sideline in front of the stunned Cowboys bench to score.
"All the drama you don't want as a coach in the fourth quarter," Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel said. "We had a lot of adversity, and our team handled the adversity well and made the plays we needed to win. I wanted that trophy really bad, wanted it bad for them."
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SEC East champion Missouri (12-2) matched its school record for victories, giving the SEC its 10th win in the past 11 Cotton Bowls, all against the Big 12. The Tigers were the only Big 12 team to win, six years ago in their other 12-win season.
"That's something real big -- representing the Big 12," Josey said. "That was always in the back of our mind that we had to hold up the rep for the SEC."
Josey's go-ahead TD came a play after James Franklin's 27-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham to convert third-and-9. Franklin, the Missouri quarterback whose final two seasons were plagued by injuries, had two fumbles earlier in the second half when Oklahoma State (10-3) overcame a 10-point deficit to tie it in just more than 3 1/2 minutes.
Ray had been dragged into the end zone by Desmond Roland when the Oklahoma State running back bulled through the line for a 2-yard TD run with five minutes left to give the Cowboys their only lead of the night. Ray hit him immediately at the line but couldn't keep Roland from scoring.
Franklin was only 15-of-40 passing for 174 yards with an interception, and he almost had another returned for a score but it was nullified by a penalty.
Chelf threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, completing 33 of 57 passes. He also ran 10 times for 48 yards, including a 23-yard run to convert a third-and-10 only a few plays before he was sacked by All-SEC defensive end Michael Sam and had the ball knocked loose.
That gave Sam 11 1/2 sacks, the most in the SEC and matching a school record.
Missouri wrapped up its second SEC season since leaving the Big 12. The Tigers debuted in their new league with a losing season but made it to the SEC championship game in their second year before losing to No. 2 Auburn.
"What a great way to finish the season," said Pinkel, whose 102nd victory in his 13th season snapped a tie with Don Faurot for the most in school history.
With the game tied, Franklin appeared to throw his second interception with nine minutes left. But with Tyler Patmon running 40 yards to the end zone for an apparent go-ahead touchdown, a flag was thrown for pass interference and Mizzou kept the ball. The Tigers settled for Andrew Baggett's 46-yard field goal.
"I felt as if both guys were competing for the ball," Cowboys linebacker Shaun Lewis said. "It's unfortunate. That play would have turned the game."
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he was told only that Patmon interfered and didn't really get an explanation about the penalty from the referees.
"I didn't see it," Gundy said. "I just saw two guys competing for the ball."
Oklahoma State then went 75 yards for its only lead, the longest play on the drive happening when Tracy Moore fully extended and lunged forward to catch a 41-yard pass to the Tigers' 28.
"It's hard on our team," Gundy said. "That's a very, very disappointed locker room right now."
The Cowboys were trying to win 11 games for the third time in four seasons. Before Gundy became the coach in 2005, the Cowboys had never won 11 games.
Oklahoma State trailed 17-7 at halftime before getting even after the two fumbles by Franklin.
That sequence actually began when Chelf was picked off by Braylon Webb. But Mizzou gave the ball back on the next play when Franklin fumbled on a botched handoff, with James Castleman recovering at the Tigers' 33.
Chelf threw a 21-yard TD pass to Jhajuan Seales with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Franklin's pitch was well behind Josey and recovered by Daytawion Lowe at the Tigers' 11. Oklahoma State had to settle for a tying 32-yard field goal by Ben Grogan, making up for an earlier miss.
Grogan had a 34-yard field goal attempt ricochet off the top of the right upright early in the second quarter.
Missouri backup quarterback Maty Mauk, who filled in for Franklin when he was hurt earlier this season, then trotted on the field with the Tigers' offense for the first time. The freshman accounted for 105 yards on the drive, including runs of 35 and 34 yards before a 24-yard TD pass to Marcus Lucas.
When Mauk got a series in the second half, the Tigers went three-and-out.
After the game, Gundy -- well known for his "I'm a man, I'm 40" rant -- had an interesting reaction while speaking to the media over what turned out to be a relatively benign question.
Gundy started smiling as a reporter identified himself being from Sports Illustrated.
"Sweet. That's awesome," Gundy said.
Gundy then said, "Make sure you document this so you have all your research and your background."
Sports Illustrated in September published a series of stories in which numerous former Oklahoma State players made allegations of wrongdoing by the program.
The question Gundy was asked by SI was about Mauk.
Gundy did say the Cowboys were prepared for both Mizzou quarterbacks.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
It was over when... Missouri defensive lineman Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown.
Gameball goes to... Henry Josey. The Missouri RB finished with 12 carries for 92 yards and three touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 256. Mizzou ran for 256 yards on the Cowboys, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
|3rd Down Conversions||9-22||6-18|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||1-2|
|TD||03:00||Henry Josey 3 Yd Run (Andrew Baggett Kick)||0||7|
|TD||01:44||Josh Stewart 40 Yd Pass From Clint Chelf (Ben Grogan Kick)||7||7|
|TD||10:20||Marcus Lucas 24 Yd Pass From Maty Mauk (Andrew Baggett Kick)||7||14|
|FG||00:00||Andrew Baggett 35 Yd||7||17|
|TD||02:10||Jhajuan Seales 21 Yd Pass From Clint Chelf (Ben Grogan Kick)||14||17|
|FG||13:32||Ben Grogan 25 Yd||17||17|
|TD||11:32||Henry Josey 25 Yd Run (Andrew Baggett Kick)||17||24|
|TD||09:51||Clint Chelf 23 Yd Run (Ben Grogan Kick)||24||24|
|FG||06:29||Andrew Baggett 46 Yd||24||27|
|TD||05:04||Desmond Roland 2 Yd Run (Ben Grogan Kick)||31||27|
|TD||03:08||Henry Josey 16 Yd Run (Andrew Baggett Kick)||31||34|
|TD||00:55||Shane Ray 73 Yd Fumble Return (Andrew Baggett Kick)||31||41|
With its 1st quarter interception, Missouri has now forced a turnover in 44 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Oklahoma State is now 6-10 this season on field goals inside 35 yards. Only 2 FBS teams have missed more such FG.
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