Oklahoma State offensive lineman Brandon Garrett suffered a gruesome injury midway through the first quarter of the Cowboys' 41-31 loss to Missouri on Friday night in the Cotton Bowl.
On a Desmond Roland run on the Cowboys' first play of the drive, Garrett was blocked a few yards downfield and his planted left leg snapped, breaking the tibia and fibula.
As he was being carted off, Garrett raised his fist to the crowd, drawing a big cheer.
Garrett was transported to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery to insert a rod into the leg, according to Oklahoma State's radio broadcast.
Chris Grisbhy replaced Garrett at right tackle.
GILBERT NETS 7TH INTERCEPTION
On the first drive of the game, Cowboys' cornerback Justin Gilbert picked off Missouri quarterback James Franklin after Franklin's pass was tipped into the air by Tigers' wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
The interception was the seventh of the season, the most for an Oklahoma State player since Mark Moore also had seven in 1985.
Three players — John Gates (1969), Adam Hinds (1983) and Alvin Brown (1972) holds the Oklahoma State single-season record with eight interceptions.
MAUK SEES ACTION
On the first drive of the second quarter, after sticking with starting quarterback James Franklin through the first, Missouri brought in freshman Maty Mauk.
Mauk started four games this season after Franklin was injured midway through the year.
Mauk quickly made an impact, rushing for 35 yards on the third play of the drive and 34 yards on the next play to help set up a 24-yard touchdown pass and put Missouri up 14-7.
Despite his success, Mauk didn't return until less than three minutes remained in the third, when he threw a pair of incompletions and the Tigers went three-and-out.
SAM COMES UP BIG
Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam didn't have much of an impact from his defensive end spot.
Until the end.
Sam had just two tackles, both assisted tackles in the fourth quarter, before he sacked Clint Chelf and knocked the ball free and Shane Ray scooped it up for a 73-yard fumble return for a touchdown that sealed Missouri's win with 55 seconds left.
STATE PLAYERS COME THROUGH FOR MIZZOU
Senior cornerback Randy Ponder and sophomore linebacker Kentrell Brothers, a pair of Oklahoma natives, were big parts of Missouri's defense against the Cowboys.
Ponder, from Edmond Santa Fe, had seven tackles and a pair of pass breakups, while Guthrie's Brothers had five tackles.
BIG 12 THANK YOU
The Big 12 Conference took out a full page ad in the Friday Dallas Morning News to thank the Cotton Bowl. The Big 12/Cotton partnership ends after this game. Next season, the Cotton becomes one of the major bowls that will rotate among the national semifinals. The Cotton will have no conference tie-ins.
"What do you do after 18 years together?" the advertisement asked. "Say thank you! The Big 12 Conference, its member institutions and fans thank the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, committee members, staff and volunteers for 18 years of tremendous hospitality and great experiences.
"Good luck with this year's game and thanks for the memories. We look forward to returning in the college football playoff."
EX-POKES SHOW SUPPORT
A large group of former Cowboys players watched the game from the sidelines, including current Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and kicker Dan Bailey.
Bryant and Bailey were joined by Brandon Weeden, Orie Lemon, Markelle Martin and Rashaun Woods.
Woods still holds the Cotton Bowl record with 223 receiving yards in a 31-28 loss to Ole Miss in the 2004 game.
Missouri's sideline spectators including reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA this season with Detroit. Jeremy Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles was also on the Tigers' sideline.