Although OSU coach Mike Gundy threw a fit on the sideline, Fox rules expert Mike Pereira and analyst Charles Davis agreed with the Cotton Bowl officials that interference should have been called on cornerback Tyler Patmon, nullifying his pick six interception.
“The last shot showed he rode him all the way down the field and actually grabbed him with his left hand before the interception,” Pereira said.
“If he didn't ride him like he did, he wouldn't have had a chance for the interception,” Davis said.
Missouri took advantage of the controversial call and drove down the field for a 46-yard field goal to take a 27-24 lead.
OSU had a chance to win the game in the final minutes before Missouri linebacker Michael Sam jarred the ball loose from OSU quarterback Clint Chelf and Shane Ray returned the fumble 76 yards for the game-clinching touchdown.
Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson's call: “Lost it. Missouri has the ball. Up the sidelines. Shane Ray. Touchdown, Missouri.”
Davis said, “Defense ruling it now. Michael Sam with a strip and Shane Ray with the sprint.”
The SEC had won the grudge match with the Big 12.
“SEC, SEC,” said Davis, a former Tennessee defensive back. “Now we're starting to hear the chants, a staple in the conference.”