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The year that was: First half dominated by football success, Michael Sam, DGB troubles

2014’s top stories led by Sam, DGB dismissal, another football title

Part one of two parts

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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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Missouri relies on big plays from wide receivers in 38-18 win

Maty Mauk passes for three touchdowns

Story by Brandon Kiley
Photos by Christian Clark and Karen Mitchell

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COLUMBIA– The last time Missouri took the football field was for the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State in early January. The Tigers exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter of that game, finishing the 2013 season with a 12-2 record and as the Cotton Bowl champions.

Missouri picked up the 2014 season where it left off in 2013. Missouri redshirt sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk connected with senior wide receiver Darius White on the second play from scrimmage for a 44-yard touchdown, giving Read more of this post

Sam, defense give Mizzou 41-31 win over Oklahoma State in Cotton Bowl

Pinkel now winningest coach in Missouri history

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press

Anthony Gatti (70), Justin Britt (68) and Max Copeland (61) celebrate on the field with the Cotton Bowl trophy after the game.

Anthony Gatti (70), Justin Britt (68) and Max Copeland (61) celebrate on the field with the Cotton Bowl trophy after the game.

ARLINGTON, Texas — Missouri got the big plays it needed at the end of the Cotton Bowl to beat an old rival.

Henry Josey ran for 92 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 16-yarder with 3:08 left, and Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown after that as the No. 9 Tigers beat No. 13 Oklahoma State 41-31 late Friday night.

The former Big 12 and Big Eight rivals traded scores on six consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter, until Read more of this post

COTTON BOWL: First half photos

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu

Missouri got off to a slow start in the first quarter of the Cotton Bowl but was able to go into halftime with the lead over Oklahoma State.


New conference but familiar game for Missouri against Okla. State

By The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is constantly asked to compare the SEC to the Big 12.

The ninth-ranked Tigers left the Big 12 two years ago, got off to a rocky start but won the Southeastern Conference East Division this season in somewhat of a surprise.

The question came up again with Missouri (11-2) representing the SEC in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night against Read more of this post

Mizzou’s 30 bowl game history

After failing to make it to a bowl game last season, football coach Gary Pinkel led the Missouri Tigers to a Southeastern Conference East Division championship and a spot in today’s Cotton Bowl. Since coming to Missouri in 2001, Pinkel has taken the Tigers to nine bowl games. Here’s a look at Missouri’s bowl game record.

Overall bowl record: 13-16

Jan. 3, 2014 Cotton Bowl: Missouri v. Oklahoma State

Dec. 26, 2011 Independence Bowl: Missouri 41, North Carolina 24

Dec. 28, 2010 Insight Bowl: Iowa 27, Missouri 24

Dec. 31, 2009 Texas Bowl: Navy 35, Missouri 13

Dec. 29, 2008 Alamo Bowl: Missouri 30, Northwestern 23, OT

Jan. 1, 2008 Capital One Bowl: Missouri 38, Arkansas 7

Dec. 29, 2006 Sun Bowl: Oregon St. 39, Missouri 38

Dec. 30, 2005 Independence Bowl: Missouri 38, South Carolina 31

Dec. 31, 2003 Independence Bowl: Arkansas 27, Missouri 14

Dec. 26 1998 Insight.com Bowl: Missouri 34, West Virginia 31

Dec. 29 1997 Holiday Bowl: Colorado St. 35, Missouri 24

Dec. 23 1983 Holiday Bowl: Brigham Young 21, Missouri 17

Dec. 19 1981 Tangerine Bowl: Missouri 19, Southern Miss 17

Dec. 27 1980 Liberty Bowl: Purdue 28, Missouri 25

Dec. 29 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl: Missouri 24, South Carolina 14

Dec. 23 1978 Liberty Bowl: Missouri 20, LSU 15

Dec. 29 1973 Sun Bowl: Missouri 34, Auburn 17

Dec. 23 1972 Fiesta Bowl: Arizona St. 49, Missouri 35

Jan. 1 1970 Orange Bowl: Penn St. 10, Missouri 3

Dec. 28 1968 Gator Bowl: Missouri 35, Alabama 10

Jan. 1 1966 Sugar Bowl: Missouri 20, Florida 18

Dec. 22 1962 Bluebonnet Bowl: Missouri 14, Georgia Tech 10

Jan. 2 1961 Orange Bowl: Missouri 21, Navy 14

Jan. 1 1960 Orange Bowl: Georgia 14, Missouri 0

Jan. 2 1950 Gator Bowl: Maryland 20, Missouri 7

Jan. 1 1949 Gator Bowl: Clemson 24, Missouri 23

Jan. 1 1946 Cotton Bowl: Texas 40, Missouri 27

Jan. 1 1942 Sugar Bowl: Fordham 2, Missouri 0

Jan. 1 1940 Orange Bowl: Georgia Tech 21, Missouri 7

Dec. 25 1924 L.A. Christmas Festival: Southern Cal 20, Missouri 7

QB Franklin looking forward to chance for redemption against Oklahoma State

Bowl game reunites Mizzou and a Big 12 team

By The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas —Missouri quarterback James Franklin remembers exactly what happened the only time he faced Oklahoma State when the two teams were still Big 12 rivals two years ago.

“We lost and I had three picks, two of them were tipped, one perfectly into a defensive lineman’s hands,” Franklin said. “But I did make the tackle.”

Franklin gets another chance against the Cowboys in his final college game. The No. 9 Tigers (11-2), the Southeastern Conference East champion in their second season in the league, play No. 13 Oklahoma State (10-2) in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night at 7 p.m.

A year after Texas A&M completed its first SEC season with a win over Oklahoma at the Dallas Cowboys’ massive stadium, there is another Big 12 reunion in the Cotton Bowl. Missouri plays the border-state rival that also used to be in the Big Eight Conference, and the first Big 12 team it has faced since switching leagues.

“It definitely brings a little bit more to the rivalry, them leaving the Big 12 and playing them again,” Oklahoma State linebacker Caleb Lavey said. “You definitely feel the rivalry there.”

Oklahoma State won the last three meetings in the series, including that 45-24 victory on the road in October 2011. Franklin was 14 of 27 passing for 184 yards, a touchdown and the three interceptions, along with a 31-yard catch, while current Mizzou running back Henry Josey ran for 138 yards on 25 carries.

The Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC a few months later, and had their first losing season (5-7) in eight years in their first year in the new league. They won only two conference games in 2012.

Picked this preseason to finish sixth in the seven-team SEC East, their only losses were in double overtime to No. 8 South Carolina and in the SEC championship game against No. 2 Auburn. They can become only the second 12-win team at Missouri with a victory in the Cotton Bowl.

“We’re having a great year, but I think to win this bowl game would basically put the stamp on what this team has done for Mizzou,” receiver L’Damian Washington said. “It just proved Mizzou can compete in the SEC. Last year people said Mizzou had no business going to the SEC, and this year to win the SEC East in our second year, that says something.”

SEC teams have won nine of the last 10 Cotton Bowls, all over Big 12 teams. The lone exception was in 2008, when Missouri, then in the Big 12, beat Arkansas 38-7 to cap its only 12-win season.

“It’s pretty cool being able to play against them,” Franklin said. “We have a little chip on our shoulder, and I’m sure they do too since we were in the Big 12, and now we’ve left. I think it’s going to be really exciting.”

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert said the Tigers seem to be playing a lot harder as a team in the SEC, while still balanced on offense and defense.

Cowboys linebacker Shawn Lewis, who had one of the interceptions in 2011, admits that it “does add a little flair to the situation” with Missouri having come from the Big 12 and now having success in the SEC.

“We have a bunch of these guys, all my seniors were playing, and their guys were playing, Franklin and Josey and the senior offensive line, they were all sophomores. They were pretty good on offense, and we were pretty good on defense,” Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “I think it’s a good dynamic of this game, from that side of the ball, and my side of the ball. We’ve all gotten better. Let’s see what happens.

Pack your bags: Missouri will face Oklahoma State in Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6 

By The Associated Press

Missouri and Oklahoma State came so close to conference titles and being in the Bowl Championship Series.

The No. 9 Tigers and No. 13 Cowboys, who in the past have been in two leagues together, will instead play each other Jan. 3 in the Cotton Bowl, a pretty nice consolation a day after both missed shots at conference championships.

Missouri (11-2) is coming off a 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC championship game in only its second season in that league.

“We know firsthand just how great of a trip this is, and how first-class of an operation the Cotton Bowl runs,” said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, who is taking the Tigers to their ninth bowl in 13 seasons there.

Missouri made its SEC debut in 2012 with its first losing season in eight years, and went only 2-6 in league play. The Tigers this season were SEC Eastern Division champions with a 7-1 conference record.

Oklahoma State (10-2) was on track for a Big 12 title and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series before a 33-24 loss at home to Oklahoma on Saturday.

“Playing in the Cotton Bowl is a great reward for our team,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Sunday after the matchup was announced. “Certainly you want to be in a BCS bowl because it means you won a conference championship. … This location and venue, this is a great opportunity for the team and our fans.”

After this season’s game, the Cotton Bowl will become part of the annual rotation for semifinal games in the new College Football Playoff. The game is played in the Dallas Cowboys’ massive stadium where the first national championship in the post-BCS era will be held next season.

When Gundy cast a vote last week for some organization’s coach of the year honor, he voted for Pinkel.

Oklahoma State and Missouri were in the old Big Eight Conference together and then moved together from there to the Big 12. The Tigers have a 29-23 lead in the overall series and won five of their nine Big 12 meetings from 1996-2011, though Oklahoma State won the last three.

“I don’t know if it seems weird” playing Missouri, Gundy said. “We are still familiar with them. We played them so many years in a row and have watched them play. They’re very similar to the way they were.”

SEC teams have won nine of the last 10 Cotton Bowls, all over Big 12 teams. The lone exception in that span was the 2008 game when Missouri, then in the Big 12, beat Arkansas 38-7.

Oklahoma State is in its 11th bowl in 12 years, including Cotton Bowl losses to Mississippi in 2004 and 2010, the latter being the first time the bowl was played in the NFL stadium after leaving its namesake stadium at the State Fair of Texas.

The Cowboys’ only other Cotton Bowl was a 34-0 win over TCU in the 1945 game, a year before Missouri beat Texas in its only appearance in the game other than six seasons ago.

In last year’s game, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel set a Cotton Bowl record with 516 total yards as Texas A&M wrapped up its first SEC season with a 41-13 victory over Oklahoma. The Aggies had lost twice as a Big 12 team in the Cotton Bowl the previous eight years.

For the 2013-14 bowl season there are 35 games, starting with the New Mexico Bowl in Dec. 21 through the BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6.

Some of the marquee bowl games:

• Michigan State will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Jan. 1
• Baylor will play UCF in the Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1
• Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2
• Clemson will play Ohio State in the Orange Bowl, Jan. 3
• Florida State will play Auburn in the BCS National Championship, Jan. 6