January 5, 2015
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2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title
Part one of two parts
- Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator
By Darren Hellwege
It’s been an extraordinary year in Missouri sports, both on and off the field of play. As 2015 begins, let’s look back at some of the biggest stories of each month of the last year.
The year began with a barn-burner of a football game with Mizzou beating Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl. The Cowboys led in the final five minutes, but a Henry Josey touchdown put Mizzou ahead and a touchdown on a fumble return by Shane Ray cemented the victory. It was something of a torch-passing, as the final game of Kony Ealy and Michael Sam saw a big play by the Tigers’ next great lineman.
Also in January:
- The men’s basketball team fell from top 25 after an emotional home loss to Georgia.
- Pat Ivey named Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by a national organization.
- MU Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Ashley Wysong (cross country) John Putnam (swimming) Aaron Crow (baseball) and Dan Pippen (basketball).
- Wrestling bested Oklahoma in battle of top-10 teams
- Women’s basketball upset Vanderbilt with freshman Kayla McDowell made key contributions off the bench
- In gymnastics 11 personal bests were set or tied, including 9.90 on beam from Rachel Updike, as Mizzou fell just short against Arkansas
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