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Big Season Lands Mizzou in Tall Cotton

 
 

Dec. 23, 2013


Cotton Ball

Game 14: No. 8 Mizzou (11-2, 7-1)
vs. No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-2)

Jan. 3, 2014 - 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic - AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas

TRACK THE TIGERS

KICKOFF: 7 p.m. CT

STADIUM: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Opened in 2009. Capacity of 80,000. Matrix artificial turf.

SERIES HISTORY: Mizzou leads the all-time series vs. Oklahoma State, 28-23.

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BIG SEASON LANDS MIZZOU IN TALL COTTON

  • One of the great turnaround stories in college football for 2013, the No. 8 Missouri Tigers (11-2 overall, 7-1 in Southeastern Conference play [1st place in East Division]) stood tall in their second year in the Southeastern Conference, and turned a big season into a berth in the prestigious 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, set for 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. They'll be paired against former conference foe and 13th-ranked Oklahoma State (10-2, 7-1 in Big 12 play [T-2nd])...
  • Picked to finish sixth in the SEC East at pre-season media days, the Tigers quietly went about their business of proving the pundits wrong. Senior WR L'Damian Washington predicted at SEC Media Day in August that his team had at least 11 wins in it, and while people might have dismissed that as bravado at the time, Washington and his cohorts backed it up and led Mizzou to its fourth division title and fourth double-digit win season in the past seven years (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013)...
  • The Tigers started the year 7-0, including an attention-gathering 41-26 win at No. 7 Georgia on Oct. 12. Only a heart-breaking 27-24 double-OT loss to South Carolina prevented Mizzou from a perfect regular-season. That loss on Oct. 26 forced MU into a must-win-out scenario the rest of the way in order to win the SEC East, and they did just that, taking care of business every single week, despite playing without the services of starting QB James Franklin, who missed four starts against Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky due to a shoulder injury sustained in the 4th quarter of that Georgia win...

MORE ON MIZZOU...

  • The regular season culminated with a hardfought 28-21 win at home over No. 19 Texas A&M and defending Heisman QB Johnny Manziel, which put the Tigers in the SEC Championship Game in just their second year in the league. Mizzou faced off against another great turnaround story in Auburn, and it was a back-and-forth affair that set all kinds of scoring records. Mizzou got a score and a 2-point conversion in the waning seconds of the 3rd quarter to make it a 45-42 game, and stood just 15 minutes away from a potential berth in the BCS Championship Game, but it was not to be, as Auburn answered with a TD, and got a pair of 4th-down stops while tacking on another score to post a 59-42 win...

MIZZOU PLAYING IN 30th BOWL GAME; 3rd COTTON BOWL

  • For the 30th time in program history (MU is in its 123rd season of football), the Mizzou Tigers will be playing in a post-season bowl game. The Cotton Bowl appearance will mark the ninth bowl game for MU under Head Coach Gary Pinkel, in his 13 years patrolling the sidelines in Columbia. Mizzou had a school-record string of seven-consecutive bowl seasons broken in 2012. Mizzou is 13-16 overall in its previous 29 bowl outings, including a mark of 4-4 in eight appearances under Pinkel. Mizzou's last bowl game was a dominant 41-24 win over North Carolina in the 2011 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La...
  • This will mark the 11th New Years Day (or later) bowl game for Mizzou, and its first since playing in the 2008 Cotton Bowl against Arkansas. The 2014 game will mark the 78th Cotton Bowl Classic, and the Tigers will be making their third appearance in the tradition-rich game. Mizzou rolled to a 38-7 win over Arkansas in the 2008 game, as TB Tony Temple rushed for a Cotton Bowl-record 281 yards and four touchdowns against the 25th-ranked Razorbacks (upstaging the higher-profile Razorback running back tandem of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones). That win closed a stellar season for Mizzou, who finished with a 12-2 record and a school-best final ranking of fourth in the final polls. Mizzou's other appearance in the Cotton Bowl was back in 1946, when Texas claimed a 40-27 victory...
  • A fun fact to make note of is that the SEC has won nine of the last 10 Cotton Bowls against the Big 12, from 2004-13. The only Big 12 win in that stretch? Mizzou's 38-7 win over Arkansas in 2008!...

MIZZOU-OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES HISTORY

  • Old Big 8/Big 12 Conference rivals renew their acquaintances as Mizzou and Oklahoma State hit the AT&T Stadium field on Jan. 3rd in the 78th Cotton Bowl Classic. Mizzou holds a 28-23 overall edge in the series history, and the Tigers claimed 5-of-9 meetings between the two schools during Big 12 play (1996-2011)...
  • However, the Cowboys have won three-straight, and 4 of the last 5 matchups, including a 45-24 decision in Columbia, Mo. in 2011 that serves as the last meeting between the two schools...
  • If history is any indicator, the Jan. 3 game could be a tightly-contested one, as all but three of the 10 previous meetings between MU and OSU (dating back to 1995) have been decided by 7 points or fewer, and 3 of them have gone into overtime (all won by Mizzou). The 1996 overtime win by Mizzou (35-28) marked MU's first-ever overtime game...
  • Oklahoma State's win in Stillwater in 2009 broke a string of four-straight wins for the road team in the series, as MU claimed a 41-38 triple overtime win in Stillwater in 2001 and then a 38-31 2005 win in its next trip there. Sandwiched between those were Cowboy wins in Columbia (20-17 win in Columbia in 2004 and 28-23 in Columbia in 2008)...

Gary Pinkel NO STRANGER TO SUCCESS

  • While the 2013 Mizzou Tigers are one of the top turnaround teams in the nation, those who follow the program know that Gary Pinkel's outfit is used to winning at a high level. This marks the fourth time in the last seven seasons that Mizzou has won a conference division title (2007, 2008 and 2010 Big 12 North; 2013 SEC East). Additionally, in all four of those seasons, Mizzou has reached double-digit win totals as the Tigers went 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 10-3 in 2010, and of course the current 11-2 mark this year...
  • The 2013 Tigers have already made history, as they are just the third MU squad to win 11 games or more in a season. In its previous 122 seasons of football, Mizzou had won 11 games or more only twice - 1960 (11-0 including a loss that was forfeited back to Mizzou by Kansas for using ineligible players) and 2007 (12-2). This year's 11-win regular season ties with the 2007 team for most regular-season wins in MU history...
  • Mizzou's win over Texas A&M (Nov. 30) gave Pinkel his 101st career win at MU, which tied him with Don Faurot for most wins in school history...

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Mizzou shocked the pre-season critics and reached the 2013 SEC Championship Game after being picked to finish sixth in the SEC East Division race. The Tigers were so far off the radar that they did not receive a single vote in the pre-season Top 25 polls, and the team stayed there after it opened with a pair of solid home wins over Murray State (W, 58-14) and Toledo (W, 38-23). The Tigers were expected to get a big test next when they played at Indiana, but instead they cruised to a comfortable 45-28 road win, and followed by closing the non-conference schedule with a 41-19 workmanlike win over Arkansas State...
  • The Tigers entered SEC play with what the pundits thought would be a tough road test at Vanderbilt, a team which defeated Mizzou in Columbia in 2012. But Mizzou ended it early, jumping out to a quick 20-0 lead, and they cruised to a 51-28 win that turned enough heads to get them into the rankings, at No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. That set up a much-anticipated matchup at No. 7 Georgia, which the Tigers passed with flying colors. After trailing 7-0, the Tigers scored 28 of the game's next 31 points to take a 28-10 halftime lead, only to see Georgia close to 28-26 early in the 4th quarter. With all of the momentum going Georgia's way, things got even more bleak when QB James Franklin left the game with a shoulder injury, but redshirt freshman Maty Mauk came off the bench cold and helped lead a pair of 4th-quarter TD drives and the Tiger defense got a pair of turnovers late to claim a signature 41-26 win between the hedges...
  • The Georgia win was good news/bad news, as it propelled the Tigers to 6-0 overall, 2-0 in league play, and to No. 14 in the AP poll, but it came at a cost, as Franklin would miss an indefinite period with his shoulder injury, as would senior CB E.J. Gaines, who sustained a quad injury in the 2nd quarter of that game. A three-game home stretch loomed against No. 22 Florida, No. 20 South Carolina and Tennessee. Despite missing both Franklin and Gaines, the Tigers cruised to a solid 36-17 win over Florida in Mauk's first career start. Heartbreak came next as the now fifth-ranked Tigers held a 17-0 lead over South Carolina, only to see Gamecock QB Connor Shaw come off the bench to engineer a prolific comeback which forced overtime. Mizzou scored a TD in the opening OT possession, and had the Gamecocks on the ropes, facing a 4th-and-goal at the 15-yardline. But Shaw struck magic with a TD toss to force a second OT period, and after South Carolina took a 27-24 lead on a field goal, the game ended when Mizzou's field goal attempt by PK Andrew Baggett hit the left upright and bounced away no good...
  • Falling from the ranks of the undefeated and to No. 10 in the polls, Mizzou showed great resiliency as good teams do, and they bounced back to post a dominating 31-3 win over Tennessee to close the three-game homestand. Next up was a date at Kentucky, and the Tigers rolled to a 48-17 win to improve to 9-1 and 5-1. Needing wins in its final two games to hold off South Carolina for the Eastern Division crown, that's exactly what the Tigers did, first with a solid 24-10 win at No. 24 Ole Miss, followed by the late-game victory against No. 19 Texas A&M. The chance for Mizzou's to obtain its first outright conference championship since 1960 was foiled by Auburn in the SEC Championship Game, but the Tigers find themselves with an excellent end-result to the 2013 campaign in a berth in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic...

MIZZOU FEATURES 32 TEXAS TIGERS

  • From day one of his tenure at Missouri, Head Coach Gary Pinkel identified the state of Texas as a recruiting priority. Over the years, the Tigers have mined the state for athletes who developed into stars, including the likes of MU's alltime career passing leader and 2007 Heisman finalist QB Chase Daniel (Southlake), 2009 NFL Draft 1st-Round pick Ziggy Hood (Amarillo), 2010 NFL Draft 1st-Round pick Sean Weatherspoon (Jasper), 2009 All-American WR Danario Alexander (Marlin), and 2010 All-American TE Michael Egnew (Plainview), among many others...
  • Mizzou features 32 Texas natives on its roster in 2013, including 8 projected starters for the Cotton Bowl, including 4 on each side of the ball. Projected starters on defense include senior 1st-Team All-American DE Michael Sam (Hitchcock), junior SS Braylon Webb (Gilmer), senior FS Matt White (Keller) and senior LB Donovan Bonner (Dallas). The group of possible Texas starters on offense include senior QB James Franklin (Corinth), junior TB Henry Josey (Angleton), senior TE Eric Waters (Mansfield) and junior OL Mitch Morse (Austin)...
  • Add to that mix some key reserves such as junior TB/KR Marcus Murphy (DeSoto), sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough (Arlington), junior WR Bud Sasser (Denton), junior WR Darius White (Fort Worth), sophomore S Ian Simon (Mansfield) and redshirt freshman CB John Gibson (Missouri City) and there's quite a flavor of Texans on the field at any time for the Tigers...

JOSEY DOES HIS THING

  • Junior TB Henry Josey broke the 1,000-yard barrier during the SEC Championship Game vs. No. 3 Auburn, further announcing to college football that he is indeed back. Josey's 123-yard outing on just nine attempts in the Georgia Dome pushed his season total to 1,074 yards...
  • His performance against Auburn was his fourth 100-yard rushing game of 2013 and 11th of his career, which ties him for second all-time in Mizzou history ...
  • Those who follow Mizzou certainly recall Josey's outstanding, but injury-shortened, 2011 campaign in which he rushed 1,168 yards. With his current season performance, Josey is just the second Tiger TB to have two 1,000 yard seasons to his credit. He joins former MU standout Tony Temple, who recorded seasons of 1,063 and 1,039 rushing yards in 2006 and 2007, respectively...
  • Josey's 65-yard rush near the end of 3Q action vs. Auburn was his 10th running play of 20 yards or more in 2013, as well as his fifth rush of 50 yards or more this season. The Tiger TB has scored on three of those runs (86 at Kentucky, 68 vs. Murray State, 57 vs. Texas A&M)...
  • In fact, Josey's eight career rushing touchdowns of 20 or more yards ranks tied for first in school history for a tailback with Ernest Blackwell (1994-97). Quarterback Brad Smith (2002-05) holds the all-time record, of course, with 21 scoring rushes of 20 or more yards...
  • Josey topped the 90-yard mark for the second-straight week with his 96 rushing yards and game-winning, 57-yard hurdle and sprint to the end zone to give Mizzou its 28-21 victory over Texas A&M (Nov. 30). The touchdown, his 13th of the season, ranks him 11th all-time on Mizzou's single-season chart...
  • Josey ran for a season-high 136 yards in the win vs. No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19). He averaged 7.6 yards per carry against a stout Gator defense which came in ranked fourth in the nation in rush defense, allowing only 83.3 yards on the ground per game...
  • This all, of course, comes after it took 659 days for Josey to make his big return to start the 2013 season. He rushed for 113 yards on just 13 carries (8.7 avg.) and one touchdown in Mizzou's season-opening, 58-14 victory over Murray State (Aug. 31)...
  • Josey was awarded with a game ball by Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel in the locker room after the Murray State game, and that was the first time ever in Pinkel's 35-year coaching career that he had ever awarded a game ball to an individual...
  • His outing vs. No. 3 Auburn increased his career rushing total to 2,679. Josey enters the Cotton Bowl ranked No. 5 all-time at Mizzou, and is 275 yards behind No. 4 on the list (Devin West - 2,954 yards from 1995-98)...
  • Josey is ranked 9th in the SEC in rushing (82.6 avg.), and 16th in scoring (6.5 ppg)...

A WHOLE LOT OF RUSHING GOING ON

  • Head coach Gary Pinkel's squad has topped 200 rushing yards in five consecutive games, including the SEC Championship Game vs. No. 3 Auburn. The Tigers rolled to 231 yards on the ground, including a stout 123-yard night from junior TB Henry Josey on just nine carries (13.7 ypc)...
  • Josey's performance came after helping Mizzou rack up 225 rushing yards in the SEC East Division-clinching, 28-21 win vs. No. 19 Texas A&M (Nov. 30). The Tiger TB rushed for 96 yards, including the game-winning 57-yard touchdown run with less than four minutes left in the game...
  • The Tigers rushed for 260 yards in the 24-10 win at No. 24 Ole Miss (Nov. 23) an impressive group performance that included a 95-yard night from Josey. Junior TB Marcus Murphy rushed for 67 yards, while senior QB James Franklin and sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough added 42 and 32 yards, respectively...
  • The 260-yard rushing total against the Rebels was the 16th time under head coach Gary Pinkel that Mizzou topped 250 rushing yards in a conference game. The Tigers are 14-2 in those games. The results thin out to a pristine 10-0 when the Tigers toe or go beyond the "277-yard threshold"...
  • The Tigers' 339-yard rushing total in the win over Tennessee (Nov. 2) marked the most rushing yards by a Mizzou team in a conference game since putting 376 rushing yards up against Iowa State on Nov. 29, 2003...
  • The road-grading performance vs. Tennessee from Mizzou's offensive line was recognized by the SEC following the win, with senior LT Justin Britt earning Offensive Lineman Player of the Week status from the league...
  • Mizzou has topped 200 yards rushing 39 times in conference action with Pinkel at the helm. Six of those instances (245 at Vanderbilt, 205 vs. Florida, 339 vs. Tennessee, 223 at Kentucky, 260 at Ole Miss, 225 vs. Texas A&M) have occurred this season...

WATCH OUT FOR SAM

  • Mizzou unanimous All-American DE Michael Sam enters the Cotton Bowl leading the SEC and ranking tied for ninth in the nation in QB sacks (10.5 total). He also leads the league in TFLs (1.39 per game/18.0 total), ranking tied for 11th nationally...
  • Sam has earned several All-America nods to date, including First Team recognition from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Associated Press, AFCA and FWAA. He joins former Mizzou standout Danny LaRose (1960) as the only unanimous All-Americans in school history...
  • He was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurkski Trophy (most outstanding defensive player), Rotary Lombardi Award (lineman of the year) and Ted Hendricks Award (nation's top defensive end). He was also a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year)...
  • Sam was named the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year on Dec. 9, becoming the second Tiger to ever win conference defensive player of the year honors, matching former standout Jeff Gaylord, who won the AP award in the Big Eight in 1981. Sam was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year by the SEC coaches, earning First Team All-SEC from both...
  • The high-motor Tiger has found himself routinely double and triple-teamed, as of late. He added to his sack statistics with a 0.5 sack of 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in Mizzou's 28-21 win vs. No. 19 Texas A&M, teaming up with junior DL Matt Hoch for the hit. Sam also recorded a QBH...
  • Sam provided a huge game to help key Mizzou's 36-17 win over No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19). He tallied 3.0 sacks on the day (22 yards in loss), and added four tackles in all, to go with one other QB hurry...
  • Sam's outing vs. Florida was his third multi-sack game of 2013. He also had 3.0 sacks in wins over Arkansas State and Vanderbilt earlier in 2013. Though 12 games, Sam has pushed his career sack total to 20.0, fourth all-time at Mizzou...
  • Sam also has a knack for finding the ball any way possible, as he picked up a Georgia fumble and returned it 21 yards to break the game open. The touchdown return was his second career score...
  • Sam is 1.5 sacks away from becoming Mizzou's all-time single-season leader, with former Tiger Aldon Smith's 11.5 sacks in 2009 currently standing as the top mark...

WE FORGOT TO WARN YOU ABOUT EALY

  • On one side of Mizzou's starting defensive line is senior DE and postseason awards candidate Michael Sam, a well-established fact. The opposiste side is nearly equally as imposing with junior All-SEC First Team DE Kony Ealy, who made his presence widely known in the SEC Championship Game vs. No. 3 Auburn (Dec. 7), recording 3.0 tackles-for-loss (12 yard lost) and 1.0 sack among five stops, all while forcing two fumbles. The second forced fumbled at the beginning of 2Q action was scooped up and scored on from 11 yards out by senior CB E.J. Gaines...
  • Ealy had an impressive outing in Mizzou's 48-17 win at Kentucky (Nov. 9) with a 3.0-sack game among six tackles...
  • Ealy's 7.5 sacks thus far in 2013 ranks fourth in the SEC, and with Sam at the top of conference with his 10.5. Mizzou makes up three of the league's Top 10 in sacks, as junior DE Markus Golden's 6.5 sacks ranks tied for sixth...
  • Keeping opposing quarterbacks on their toes has been one of the finer points of Ealy's game this season, as he leads Mizzou in QB hurries with 14 to his credit...
  • Ealy additionally impacts opposing offenses when the ball is in the air. His five pass breakups currently leads the team, and he also made one of the most athletic plays for a defensive lineman in this season of college football. Ealy leapt to deflect an Indiana pass attempt in 2Q action of 45-28 win and came away with an interception instead. The 6-5, 275-pound Tiger took the football back 49 yards for his first career pick and touchdown...

SPREADING OUT THE SCORING

  • Mizzou's offense has done an excellent job of distributing the ball, and it can not be more apparent with the number of touchdowns scored. For the first time ever, Mizzou has four players with at least 10 TDs (Junior TB Henry Josey 14, sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham 12, senior WR L'Damian Washington 10, junior TB Marcus Murphy 10)...
  • The point-scoring frenzies of the 2007 and 2008 seasons saw plenty of points fly up on the scoreboard, especially in 2008. The previous best for 10-plus TD scoring players was three, with Derrick Washington (19), Maclin (17) and Chase Coffman (10) handling the scoring for Mizzou...
  • Green-Beckham and Washington rank highly in the SEC with their 12 and 10 touchdown catches, respectively, so far in 2013. Green-Beckham ranks tied for first in the league with Texas A&M standout Mike Evans, while Washington is tied for third...
  • According to Mizzou historian Tom Orf, Washington's 9 career touchdown catches of 20-plus yards ranks fourth in school history behind Tiger greats Danario Alexander (14), Jeremy Maclin (13) and Mel Gray (11)...

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • Mizzou's nation-leading takeaway steak was extended to 43 games with junior DE Kony Ealy's first of two forced fumbles in the SEC Championship Game vs. No. 3 Auburn (Dec. 7)...
  • The last time Mizzou didn't record a takeaway was Oct. 30, 2010 at Nebraska (a 31-17 loss)...
  • The streak was kept alive in Mizzou's SEC East-clinching win vs. Texas A&M (Nov. 30) by a stout special teams play from redshirt freshmen TB Morgan Steward and CB John Gibson. On a Mizzou punt near the beginning of 2Q action, Steward stripped Texas A&M's punt returner and Gibson fell on the ball to notch the takeaway and give the Tigers the ball at 13:40 2Q...
  • An outstanding play by senior LB Andrew Wilson extended the streak in the Tigers' 48-17 win at Kentucky (Nov. 9). A UK 40-yard pass completion was hunted down by Wilson, who stripped the Wildcat. The fumble was recovered by junior LB Darvin Ruise and Mizzou took over at 7:39 3Q...
  • Mizzou's defense now has 18 interceptions through 13 games (after recording only 7 INTs in 12 games in 2012), and the Tigers are tied for ninth-most in the nation. Mizzou is +16 on the year entering the Cotton Bowl - 29 takeaways, 13 turnovers lost). The Tigers' 1.23 margin/game ranks tied for sixth in the nation...

STREAK OF THIEVERY SUPPLEMENTED BY SURE-HANDED TIGERS

  • Mizzou's 28-21 win over No. 19 Texas A&M (Nov. 30) marked the fourth time in SEC play that the Tigers gave zero turnovers to its opponent. The Tigers enter the Cotton Bowl vs. Oklahoma State ranked sixth in the NCAA (first in the SEC) in turnover margin, at +1.23 per game...
  • Head coach Gary Pinkel's squad also allowed zero takeaways to Vanderbilt on Oct. 5 (W, 51-28), at No. 7 Georgia on Oct. 12 (W, 41-26) and vs. Tennessee on Nov. 2 (W, 31-3)...
  • Mizzou's 13 turnovers lost (seven INTs, six fumbles) this season ranks tied for seventh nationally and second in the SEC only to Alabama...
  • Mizzou has been plus-3 in TO margin in a whopping seven of 13 games in 2013...

JAMES OUTDUELS JOHNNY

  • Senior QB James Franklin had a game to remember in his final appearance at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, as he accounted for 313 yards of total offense in leading No. 5 Mizzou to a 28-21 win over No. 19 Texas A&M (Nov. 30) to send the Tigers to Atlanta, Ga., their first-ever SEC Championship Game...
  • His passing night included 233 yards and 2 TDs, completing 18-of-28 passes with zero interceptions. Franklin recorded a season-high 80 yards on a season-high 18 attempts, as he personally outdueled reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who had 216 yards of total offense on the night...
  • Franklin's season statistics currently rank very well nationally, including 16th in completion percentage (66.9), 21st in passing efficiency (153.2 rating), and 35th in total offense (262.7 ypg). However, against Kentucky, he came off the bench late to hand the ball off in his first appearance since being injured Oct. 12 at Georgia, and he had zero yards of total offense in that brief outing. If that is blacked out, his per-game total offense average for his eight starts is 295.5, and that would rank him 21st there...
  • A healthy Franklin is certainly a nuisance to the opposition. In games he has started and finished (not counting games left due to injury), Franklin and Mizzou sport a 22-10 record...

AGGIES GAIN LITTLE ON GAINES

  • Senior FWAA Second Team All-American and All-SEC First Team CB E.J. Gaines turned in an amazing lock-down coverage performance against Texas A&M superstar WR Mike Evans, as he held Evans to season-low totals of four receptions for just eight yards, which was a key in Mizzou's stellar defensive effort...
  • Evans came into the game averaging 119.5 yards per outing, with 12 receiving TDs, and his long catch in Mizzou's win was just a 10-yarder...
  • Gaines ended the evening with six total tackles, as the Tiger defense held A&M to 21 points and 379 yards of total offense, well below the Aggies' pre-game averages of 45.6 points and 552.6 yards coming in...
  • Additionally, the senior Tiger earned SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance, the second conference weekly honor of his career. Coincidentally enough, Gaines brought home his first weekly honor in 2011 with a 10-tackle, four-PBU performance in Mizzou's 38-31 OT win at Texas A&M...
  • Gaines ranks fourth in the SEC (tied for 34th in the NCAA) with his four INTs to date, and he ranks third on team with his 68 tackles in 2013, despite missing 2.5 games due to injury...

BCS RAdar engaged

  • Mizzou was placed at No. 8 in the final Bowl Championship Series standings (Dec. 8) of 2013, resetting a new program-best for consecutive weeks in the system's Top 10 at eight-straight weeks...
  • The previous best for Mizzou was a six-week stay in the BCS Top 10 to close the 2007 season, running Oct. 28-Dec. 2 (9, 6, 5, 4, 1, 6)...
  • The Tigers appeared in every BCS poll of the 2013 season to join the 2007, 2008 and 2010 seasons as campaigns in which Mizzou was ranked in every release of the BCS standings...

MAUK THROUGH THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND

  • Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk can still expect to see snaps with senior QB and co-captain James Franklin back in the lineup for the past three games, something Mauk has earned from his performances this season, according to head coach Gary Pinkel...
  • The Tiger underclassman QB entered the Ole Miss contest in 2Q action and helped Mizzou's offense tack on a field goal. Mauk completed 3-of-7 passes for 83 yards on the drive, including a 60-yard strike that hit junior WR Bud Sasser in stride on a deep post route. The drive ended with a 33-yard field goal from sophomore PK Andrew Baggett at 7:31 2Q to put Mizzou up 10-0...
  • Mauk's excellent play in relief of Franklin continued in the 48-17 win at Kentucky (Nov. 9), with Mauk etching his name into Mizzou's records with five passing touchdowns...
  • Mauk's outing tied Mizzou's school record for touchdown passes in a game, a mark only matched by the Tigers' all-time leader in passing and current NFL QB Chase Daniel (who accomplished the feat four times in his Mizzou career)...
  • He finished the game with 203 yards passing (17-for-28, 60.7 pct.), 5 TDs (zero INTs), and also tacking on 24 rushing yards...
  • Four of the five TD passes went to sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham from distances of 8 yards, 7 yards, 22 yards and 7 yards, with a TD toss to junior TB Henry Josey (6 yards) following Mauk's first 7-yard pass to Green-Beckham...
  • Mauk posted a 3-1 record as a starter in Franklin's absence. He became the first Mizzou QB since 2011 (James Franklin vs. UNC) to throw and rush for 100 yards in a game with his performance vs. Tennessee (Nov. 2). He ended the night with 163 yards passing and 3 touchdowns (zero interceptions) while he ran for a career-high 114 yards on 13 carries (8.8 avg. per att.)...
  • Mauk also came in for a "save" at Georgia in the 4Q of Mizzou's 41-26 win (Oct. 12), when he replaced the injured Franklin and extended the Tigers' tenuous 28-26 lead at the time...
  • Mauk received his third Freshman Player of the Week recognition from the SEC for his strong play against the Wildcats. The Mizzou underclassman also brought home the honor after the Tigers' wins over Florida (Oct. 19) and Tennessee (Nov. 2). He additionally earned SEC All-Freshman honors from the league's coaches...

INTERCEPTIONS? MIZZOU HAS THOSE

  • Mizzou got back into the interception business vs. Ole Miss (Nov. 23), with senior CB Randy Ponder intercepting Rebel QB Bo Wallace and returning the ball 17 yards at 10:01 1Q. The pickoff was Mizzou's 18th in 2013, currently the best mark in the SEC (tied for ninth nationally)...
  • Missouri recorded three interceptions for three-straight games to start the 2013 season, building a solid base for the 18 the defense has collected. The Tigers have more than doubled its 2012 total of just seven INTs...
  • Eleven different Tigers have combined for the 18 total interceptions, with senior CB E.J. Gaines leading with four pickoffs. Gaines is also Mizzou's active career INT leader with seven. His 0.36 per-game INT average is the fourth-best mark in the SEC...

SACK SUCCESS A STORY FOR TIGERS

  • Mizzou now has 35.0 QB sacks in its last nine games, an impressive sight, as the Tigers had totaled only 3.0 combined sacks in its first three outings (with all three coming in the opener against Murray State)...
  • Mizzou's 38.0 sacks over its 13 games in 2013 is the top mark in the SEC and ranks tied for No. 7 in the country...
  • The Black & Gold got after 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M (Nov. 30) to the tune of 2.0 sacks, as well as 1.0 tackle-for-loss by senior LB Andrew Wilson on a designed QB run...
  • The Tigers notched 7.0 sacks for the second time this season in its 48-17 win at Kentucky (Nov. 9). Ths sack spree was also a major factor in Mizzou's big win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5). Mizzou's front four got pressure all night long, and the Tigers ended the game with 7.0 sacks in all - with all of them coming from the line...
  • The 7.0 sacks in both the UK and VU wins are the most by Mizzou since they recorded 7.0 in a 30-9 win at Texas A&M on Oct. 16, 2010 against Aggie QB Ryan Tannehill...
  • Individually, senior DE Michael Sam ranks first in the SEC, and tied for ninth in the nation, with his 10.5 sacks (0.81 sacks-per-game average). Sam is also the league's top-ranked performer in tackles-for-loss (18.0) currently, with an average of 1.39 per game...

Gary Pinkel IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 174 career wins in 23 seasons as a head coach, Mizzou's Gary Pinkel is ranked eighth among active FBS coaches. Pinkel has a career record of 174-100-3 all-time (63.5%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 101-63 (61.7%) in 13 years at Mizzou...
MIZZOU COACHING WINS LEADERS
Coach Wins # Seasons (Years) Record Pct. # Bowls
Don Faurot 101 19 (1935-42, 46-56) 101-79-10 .558 4
Gary Pinkel 101 13 (2001-Present) 101-63 .617 9
Dan Devine 93 13 (1958-70) 93-37-7 .704 6
Warren Powers 46 7 (1978-84) 46-33-3 .580 5

PINKEL TIED FOR MOST WINS IN MIZZOU HISTORY

  • Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 13th season at MU (23rd overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 174-100-3 (63.5%)....
  • Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 79-38 (68.1%) in the past 9 seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and an upcoming 2013 trip, has a 13-season record in Columbia of 101-62 (62.0%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 72-33 in his last 105 games overall (68.6%). MU's win in the 2008 opener against Illinois gave Pinkel his 50th MU win, and he now ranks tied for first on the coaching wins list at MU, with 101, just one win from passing legendary head coach Don Faurot. The win over Kansas in 2010 was the 150th of his career...
  • Pinkel is in a select group of Mizzou coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, to be the only coaches to have an MU record of above .500 (with at least one full season coached) dating all the way back to 1935. Here's a quick look at the top winning coaches in MU history...
  • In 2007, Pinkel guided the Tigers from unranked in the pre-season to a team which won a school-record 12 games and a final ranking of #4 in the Associated Press Top-25. Mizzou ascended to #1 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and stood just one half away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game (before Oklahoma pulled away from a halftime tie to win the Big 12 title game). For his efforts in 2007, Pinkel was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards, including the Robinson, Bryant and Munger awards. He was also named the National Coach of the Year by FieldTurf in 2007, and his now 9 bowl games is an MU record...
  • A lot of the same can be said for Pinkel's outstanding 2013 campaign with Mizzou, as the Tigers once again began the season unranked and ascended to as high as #5 in the BCS en route to completing an 11-1 regular season. Mizzou's head coach is a finalist for several national coaching awards and additionally earned AFCA Regional Coach of the Year...
  • Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 9 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 in 2010, 8-5 in 2011 and 11-2 in 2013), with those representing 9 of MU's 11 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season...
  • Before this season's SEC Eastern Division title, Mizzou's Big 12 North Division titles won in 2007, 2008 and 2010 represented the only football conference titles of any kind Mizzou had won since 1969 - the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown. In April of 2011, Pinkel agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning he'll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2017 season...

RANDOMLY SPEAKING

  • Some random information related to the Tigers' season and their appearance in the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic:
  • Mizzou's fans were excited to follow the Tigers all season long, as MU fans flocked to road games in droves, making a favorable impression on their new fellow SEC fan bases. Ticket allotment for the Cotton Bowl was 12,500, and Mizzou took an extra 13,500 and had everything sold less than 17 hours after the announcement was made the evening of Dec. 8. All tickets had been sold by 12:10 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9...
  • Mizzou won 11 games despite playing a schedule that ranked as the 31st-toughest in the nation, according to the Sagarin rankings. The Tigers defeated five bowl teams in 2013, gaining wins over 8-win teams in Georgia, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, while posting wins over 7-win bowl teams in Ole Miss and Arkansas State, while also defeating 7-win Toledo, who did not receive a bowl invitation...
  • Mizzou's offensive backfield is an all-Texas quartet, including senior QB James Franklin (Corinth, Texas) and the three-headed TB trio of junior Henry Josey (Angleton, Texas), sophomore Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas) and junior Marcus Murphy (DeSoto, Texas)...
  • Mizzou has shown the ability to bounce back from conference championship game defeats, as the Tigers have won both of their bowl games under Gary Pinkel after dropping title games. In 2007, Mizzou was No. 1 in the BCS but fell to No. 9 Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game in San Antonio, but the Tigers rebounded to rout Arkansas in the 2008 Cotton Bowl, 38-7. In 2008, Mizzou lost to No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game by a 62-21 score, but came back to post a 30-23 win in overtime in the Alamo Bowl against Northwestern...
  • Mizzou's success with the turnover battle this year is well-documented, as the Tigers rank sixth nationally in turnover margin (+16), and its 13 turnovers lost (7 INTs, 6 fumbles) is seventh-best in the country. Breaking that down further, the Tigers have been very secure with the ball offensively in late-game situations, as MU has committed just one turnover in the 4th quarter of its 13 games this year. The only giveaway was a 4th-quarter fumble by its fourth-string tailback at Kentucky as the Tigers were simply running the ball up the middle to bleed the clock...
  • Game-opening drives often set the tone for the day, and Mizzou's defense has been very stout at imposing its will against opposing offenses from the get go. In 13 games, opponents have scored a grand total of 16 points on the year in their game-opening possessions, including one touchdown and three field goals. The only TD allowed by MU was in the season opener against FCS Murray State. The remaining 12 FBS opponents have mustered only three field goals against the Tiger defense. Only one of those field goals was managed by an SEC team (Kentucky), meaning that in MU's last nine games, opponents have scored only three points on their game-opening drive...

WITH A TIGER VICTORY, MIZZOU WILL...

  • Improve to 102-63 under head coach Gary Pinkel, with the Tiger coach becoming Mizzou's all-time winningest coach. Pinkel is tied in wins with the legendary Don Faurot, who won 101 games (1935-42, 46-56).
  • Record 12 wins for the second time ever (2007).
  • Win its second Cotton Bowl in three appearances (1946, 2008), winning the 2008 game, 38-7, vs. Arkansas.
  • Record its second consecutive bowl victory after winning the 2011 Independence Bowl over North Carolina by a score of 41-24.
  • Improve to 29-23 all-time vs. Oklahoma State, a former conference foe from the Big Eight & Big 12.

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. OKLAHOMA STATE

  • The Mizzou-Oklahoma State matchup in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic reunites two programs with an incredible amount of familarity, as the Tigers and Cowboys will play for the 52nd time, but for the first time in a bowl...
  • Missouri and Oklahoma State played 45 times as members of the same conference, first with 36 games played in the Big Eight (1960-1995), with nine matchups following during Mizzou's Big 12 Conference days (1996-2011). MU and OSU played four non-conference games from 1949-52, with the Tigers winning three of the matchups...
  • Mizzou leads the all-time series 28-23. The two schools additionally played twice in their very early days, 1915 and 1921 matchups that went the Tigers' way...

Mizzou

OKLAHOMA STATE

RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Josey 162 1074 6.6 13 82.6
Hansbrough 105 660 6.3 4 50.8
Murphy 85 571 6.7 9 43.9
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Roland 160 745 4.7 12 62.1
Smith 115 442 3.8 9 36.8
Chelf 53 321 6.1 6 29.2
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G Rating
Franklin 183-279 65.6 2255 19-5 225.5 152.37
Mauk 66-129 51.2 1039 10-2 86.6 141.30
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G
Chelf 131-234 56.0 1792 15-6 162.9
Walsh 113-190 59.5 1333 9-5 166.6
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Green-Beckham 55 830 15.1 12 63.8
Lucas 55 646 11.7 2 49.7
Washington 47 853 18.1 10 65.6
Sasser 23 326 14.2 1 25.1
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Stewart 52 623 12.0 2 56.6
Moore 44 638 14.5 6 53.2
Seales 36 529 14.7 2 44.1
Moore 31 415 13.4 5 34.6
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Wilson 51-47 98 6.0 0.0 0-0 3 0-1
Webb 57-28 85 1.5 0.0 2-9 7 0-0
Gaines 51-17 68 4.0 0.0 4-15 2 0-1
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Lavey 64-23 87 12.5 2.5 4-34 1 3-1
Lowe 66-14 80 2.0 0.0 2-72 4 1-0
Lewis 56-12 68 9.0 1.0 3-44 3 2-2