Friday, January 3, 2014

A record-setting night at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

     At four hours and 19 minutes, the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was the longest in the game's history. The previous record was three hours, 47 minutes in the 2003 Classic between LSU and Texas.

     The game was also the longest college game in AT&T Stadium history. The previous record for the building was the three hour, 55 minute game between Baylor and Texas Tech on Nov. 16, 2013.

     The combined 41 points in the fourth quarter is a Cotton Bowl record for points in any quarter. The previous record was 30 points, also in the fourth, in the 1975 Classic between Penn State and Baylor.

     Missouri's 24 points in the fourth quarter were the most by any team in Classic history in the final quarter. It ranks second to the record for points in any quarter set by USC with 28 against Texas Tech in 1995.

     The SEC is now 11-0 in games at AT&T Stadium, including 5-0 in AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic games.

     Missouri defensive end Shane Ray's 73-yard fumble return for a touchdown is the longest fumble return in Cotton Bowl history. The previous record was 65 yards by Nebraska's Steve Manstedt against Texas in 1974. Ray's return is also the longest miscellaneous return for a touchdown in the game's history.

     Tonight's attendance of 72,690 ranks as the 11th largest to attend a college football game at AT&T Stadium.

     The combined 101 passing attempts by Missouri (44) and Oklahoma State (57) are the most in Cotton Bowl history. The previous record was 84 by Oklahoma (49) and Texas A&M (35) in last year's Classic.

     Oklahoma State's 96 offensive plays (57 pass, 39 rush) are a Cotton Bowl record. The 187 combined offensive plays (OSU 96, Missouri 91) is also a record.

     OSU quarterback Clint Chelf set a new Cotton Bowl Classic record with 381 passing yards, besting the 364 by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss in 2009.

     Chelf's 67 total offensive plays (57 passes, 10 rushes) ranks as the most in Cotton Bowl history. Harrell had the previous record with 64 in 2009.


Missouri reaches 12 wins for the second time ever

     Missouri's victory over Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic gave the Tigers their second 12-win season. Missouri finishes 12-2, matching its mark for the 2007 season.
     It was Missouri's second win in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic in its third appearance in the bowl.
     Missouri also has a two-game bowl winning streak. The Tigers won the 2011 Independence Bowl over North Carolina in their previous bowl appearance.

Pinkel: "It was more about survival" at the end

     Missouri coach Gary Pinkel sounded as relieved as he was excited about winning the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
     "It came down to the fourth quarter and we just got that fumble and he ran down there," Pinkel said. "It was more about survival there towards the end, but now I got that trophy. I'm going to have it forever."
     Pinkel became Missouri's all-time winningest coach with the win. Pinkel is now 102-63 in 13 seasons to surpass Mizzou legend Don Faurot who won 101 games from 1935-42 and 1946-56.
     Missouri running back Henry Josey was named the Outstanding Offensive Player after rushing for 92 yards and three touchdowns.
     Tigers middle linebacker Andrew Wilson was awarded the game's Outstanding Defensive Player trophy after making 15 tackles.
     The game will be remembered for its exciting finish as well as for its length: 4 hours, 19 minutes. The game began at 7:10 p.m. and officially ended at 11:29 p.m.

Missouri's win makes it six in a row for the SEC

     The confetti canons were firing off as Missouri celebrated its 41-31 victory in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
     Missouri's win makes it six wins in a row for the SEC in the final year of the Big 12-SEC pairing in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Next year, the AT&T Cotton Bowl becomes part of the college football playoff and won't have conference tie-ins.
     And the last Big 12 team to win the AT&T Cotton Bowl? Missouri, back in 2008 when the Tigers were part of the Big 12.
     In the 16 years of the Big 12-SEC matchup in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, the SEC won 11 and the Big 12 won 5. The Big 12 dominated early in the series, winning four of the first five matchups.

The Missouri Tigers are champions of the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic

   No miracles for Oklahoma State in the final :55. Missouri closed out the win, 41-31, in a wild fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium.
     After the teams combined for 31 points in the first three quarters, they scored 41 points in the final quarter to make for a fantastic finish.
     And despite all that offense, it was a defensive play that sealed the game for Missouri. Michael Sam's sack and Shane Ray's 73-yard fumble return for a touchdown thwarted Oklahoma State's last-minute comeback bid.

Game-changer: Mizzou fumble return all but seals it for Tigers

    Wow, what a shocking turn of momentum.
    Oklahoma State drove to the Missouri 23 with a chance to take the lead when quarterback Clint Chelf is sacked by Michael Sam and fumbles.
     Shane Ray picks up the loose ball and rumbles 73 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Unbelievable.
     The turnover results in a 41-31 lead for Missouri with a mere 55 seconds left.

Another lead change! Mizzou up 34-31 with 3:08 left

     Henry Josey breaks into the end zone again, this time from 16 yards out, to give Missouri a 34-31 lead with just 3:08 remaining in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.