Missouri tops Cowboys in Cotton Bowl 41-31
ARLINGTON - Missouri brought the Southeastern Conference a measure of redemption against the Big 12.
Henry Josey rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 41-31 AT&T Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State before 72,690 on Friday night at AT&T Stadium.
Josey rushed for 94 yards on 12 carries and scored on runs of 3, 13, and 25 yards before the Tigers secured the win on a 73-yard fumble return by Shane Ray.
The fumble was caused by SEC defensive player of the year Michael Sam, who sacked Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf as the Cowboys were driving for a possible game-winning touchdown or game-tying field goal.
After the second half began with six consecutive punts followed by back-to-back turnovers, the offenses began to come alive and combined for a Cotton Bowl record 41 points in the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma State scored on a 21-yard pass from Chelf to Jhajuan Seals and a 25-yard field goal by Ben Grogan before Missouri countered with a 25-yard touchdown run by Josey.
Oklahoma State tied the game on a 23-yard run by Chelf with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter. The Tigers retook the lead on a 46-yard field goal by Andrew Baggett with 6:29 left.
Desmond Roland scored on a 2-yard run with 5:04 remaining to give Oklahoma State its first lead of the game.
Reserve quarterback Maty Mauk gave Missouri a spark in a first half where both offenses struggled to score.
Mauk replaced starter James Franklin and led the Tigers on an six-play, 80-yard scoring drive that he capped with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lucas with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
Mauk ran three times for 73 yards and completed his two passes for 32 yards, while over and overcoming three penalties.
Missouri scored first on a 3-yard run by Josey with 3:00 left in the first quarter. Oklahoma State tied the game on a 40-yard pass from Chelf to Josh Stewart with 1:44 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers extended their lead to 17-7 on 35-yard field goal by Baggett on the final play of the half.