ARLINGTON, Texas – Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and No. 9 Missouri beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.
The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded points on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was sacked and fumbled. Defensive lineman Shane Ray picked up the ball and rumbled 73 yards down the sideline in front of the Cowboys’ bench to score with 55 seconds left.
SEC East champion Missouri (12-2) matched its school record for victories, giving the Southeastern Conference its 10th victory in the last 11 Cotton Bowls, all against the Big 12.
“What a great way to finish the season,” said Tigers coach Gary Pinkel, whose 102nd victory snapped a tie with Don Faurot for the most in school history. Pinkel is a former Washington Huskies offensive coordinator.
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Josey’s go-ahead TD came a play after James Franklin’s 27-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham to convert a third-and-nine. 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 the score in less than four 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 5:04 left to give the Cowboys their only lead of the night.
Franklin was an unspectacular 15-of-40 passing for 174 yards with an interception.
Chelf threw for 381 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, completing 33 of 57 passes. He also ran 10 times for 48 yards.
“All the drama you don’t want as a coach in the fourth quarter,” 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.”