COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team could have won on Saturday.
In a 45-24 loss to No. 6 Oklahoma State at Memorial Stadium, the Tigers did not face a flawless opponent. The Cowboys dropped balls, threw a critical interception and gave up big plays.
But every time Missouri seemingly had the momentum, it made costly mistakes. Quarterback James Franklin turned over the ball four times, wasting the opportunities the team had to challenge Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys took a 21-3 lead moments into the second quarter and looked like they were going to breeze through Columbia. But Missouri responded with two touchdowns before halftime and only trailed by seven.
Oklahoma State scored again to take a 31-17 lead and drove to the Missouri 14 on its next possession. E.J. Gaines intercepted quarterback Brandon Weeden's pass to the end zone, though, and returned it 54 yards.
Missouri then drove to within four yards of a touchdown and only a seven-point deficit, but Franklin fumbled on an ensuing run.
Joseph Randle led Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0) with 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns and an additional receiving touchdown. For Missouri, Henry Josey had 138 rushing yards, and T.J. Moe had 103 receiving yards and one touchdown.