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Cotton Bowl: Late fumble return for TD lifts Missouri past Oklahoma State, 41-31

by Jenni Carlson Modified: January 4, 2014 at 12:04 am •  Published: January 3, 2014

But then early in the fourth quarter, the game started to look like the 2004 Cotton Bowl. That was the year that Josh Fields’ Cowboys went against Eli Manning’s Mississippi squad. It became a real-life video game with Rashaun Woods making catch after catch, and Manning matching him.

There was no superstar showdown Friday night, but in the fourth quarter, the teams scored on seven consecutive possessions as they traded scores in a wild fourth quarter.

OSU, field goal.

MU, touchdown run.

OSU, touchdown run.

MU, field goal.

OSU, touchdown run.

MU, touchdown run.

MU, fumble recovery for a touchdown.

The last one was the nail in the Cowboys’ coffin. After the Tigers took a 34-31 lead on Henry Josey’s 16-yard run — and his third touchdown of the night — the Cowboys marched down the field. They faced a third and 7 from the Tigers’ 23-yard line when Chelf dropped back.

That’s when Michael Sam, the SEC defensive player of the year, beat Chris Grishby around the end and stripped Chelf. Shane Ray picked up the fumble and rumbled 73 yards for the touchdown.

The Cowboys end the season 10-3, finishing the year with two consecutive losses, and the seniors fell short of becoming the winningest class in program history by one victory.

“It hurts to lose,” Lavey said, “but this class, I’ve developed some relationships that I’ll have the rest of my life.

“All in all, I love these guys, and it’s been a fun ride.”

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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