Cotton Bowl: Cowboys' defense hung tough for most of the game

OSU kept the heat on James Franklin and gave the offense the support it needed before finally getting untracked.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 4, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — For much of the night, Oklahoma State's defense kept the Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri.

OSU kept the heat on James Franklin and gave the offense the support it needed before finally getting untracked.

In the end, though, when the Cowboys needed it most, the OSU defense wilted.

The result was a 41-31 loss to the Tigers at AT&T Stadium and ending the season with two consecutive losses.

On Missouri's first 14 drives, the Cowboys held the Tigers to seven punts, forced three turnovers and made a stop on fourth down.

Oklahoma State's defense was doing everything it needed to give the Big 12 its first Cotton Bowl win since Missouri in 2008.

Then things started crumbling.

The Tigers scored a pair of touchdowns and a field goal on their final three drives.

On the second of those drives, midway through the fourth quarter, it looked like Oklahoma State's defense had seized control.

With the game tied at 24, Tyler Patmon picked off a Franklin pass and returned it 40 yards for an apparent touchdown.

But Patmon was flagged for pass interference, one of 10 penalties called on the Cowboys, and the Tigers were able to get a go-ahead field goal.

“Both the receiver and the defender have a right to the football,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said after asking reporters what they thought. “They said that our guy interfered with him.”

Cowboys linebacker Shaun Lewis didn't overtly question the call but clearly wasn't happy with it.

“I felt as if both guys were competing for the ball,” Gundy said. “I didn't really see the pass interference.”

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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