These last few days of bowl games have been fantastic, and tonight’s Cotton Bowl was no exception. After surrendering a go-ahead touchdown to Missouri, Clint Chelf and Oklahoma State got to work, driving down the field to the Missouri 27-yard-line. With 55 seconds remaining, on a play evocative of last night’s Oklahoma-Alabama finish, Missouri All-American defensive end Michael Sam came up with a strip sack, and the loose ball was recovered by defensive lineman Shane Ray, who returned it 73 yards for a touchdown to clinch a 41-31 victory.
Missouri junior running back Henry Josey had a day. With 3:08 remaining, the lightning fast back broke up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown, giving Missouri a 34-31 lead, which proved to be the deciding score.
Things didn’t look great for Oklahoma State after a second quarter dominated by the Tigers 10-0 on the scoreboard, giving Missouri a 17-7 lead at the half. The Cowboys defense came out invigorated in the second half, forcing two big turnovers to climb back into the game. The two teams traded scores in a wild fourth quarter, two of which were carried in by Josey, who finished with 92 yards on just 12 carries.
The win gives Missouri its twelfth of the season, tying a program record with the 2007-08 team, which also finished its 12-2 season in the Cotton Bowl with a 38-7 thrashing of Arkansas.