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.”
Chelf earlier had made several big runs, including a 23-yarder as the Cowboys drove for a possible winning touchdown.
“He continues to find the back door,” Davis said.
Desmond Roland's 2-yard touchdown run had given OSU its only lead of the night.
“Look at the power and drive of Desmond Roland, who simply would not be denied,” Davis said.
-- OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey had several near interceptions, but still earned compliments from Davis for his heady play.
“He is a player who is a victim of athletic profiling. People look at Caleb Lavey and say he's not an athlete. He can't make those type of plays. You know how he makes them? With his mind. He's an academic All-American. He knows where to go.”
-- Davis thought the Tigers should have played backup quarterback Maty Mauk more, particularly after his touchdown drive in the second quarter. “The way he is playing, you go with the hot hand.”