ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma State cornerback Tyler Patmon was in the end zone with his jubilant teammates after returning an interception for an apparent go-ahead touchdown. A penalty flag, though, quickly doused the celebration for the No. 13 Cowboys in the fourth quarter of the Cotton Bowl.
No. 9 Missouri kept the ball when Patmon was called for pass interference, and got a tiebreaking field goal as part of an exchange of points on six consecutive drives by the former Big 12 rivals before the Tigers pulled out a 41-31 victory late Friday night.
"I didn't see it. I just saw two guys competing for the ball," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said after the game. "They said that our guy interfered with him. Obviously have to go with that."
The Cowboys (10-3) did manage to get the lead in that late sequence, when Desmond Roland bulled through the line for a 2-yard TD run. But Mizzou responded when Henry Josey ran 16 yards for his third touchdown with 3:08 left, and Shane Ray returned a fumble 73 yards for a touchdown in the final minute when Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf fumbled while being sacked.
"It's tough. We had two opportunities to do that, and came up short both times," Chelf said. "It's disappointing."
The end of the Cotton Bowl was eerily similar to their regular-season finale a month ago, a 33-24 home loss to Oklahoma that cost the Cowboys the Big 12 title and a spot in the Bowl Championship Series. Roland had a go-ahead 1-yard run with 1:46 left that day, but the Sooners drove to score with 19 seconds left and added a 3-yard fumble recovery for a score on the final play of that game.
SEC East champion Missouri (12-2) matched its school record for victories, giving the SEC its 10th win in the last 11 Cotton Bowls, all against the Big 12. The Tigers were the last Big 12 team to win the game, six years ago in their other 12-win season.
Josey's go-ahead TD came a play after James Franklin's 27-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham to convert third-and-9. Franklin, the Missouri quarterback whose final two seasons were plagued by injuries, had two fumbles earlier in the second half when Oklahoma State overcame a 10-point deficit to tie it in just over 3½ minutes.