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5 facts about Missouri's Cotton Bowl history

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 7:13 p.m. CST; updated 10:48 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Missouri's Chase Daniel evades an Arkansas defender at the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 2008. Missouri will appear in the Cotton Bowl for the first time since 2008 on Jan. 3, 2014.

*CORRECTION: The Missouri Tigers are ranked No. 8. A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the team's ranking.

The No. 8* Missouri Tigers are set to take on the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. The game will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Here are five facts about upcoming game and Missouri's history with the Cotton Bowl.

1. Seeking a winning Cotton Bowl record

Missouri is 1-1 in its two Cotton Bowl appearances, according to the Cotton Bowl's website. In 1946, the Tigers lost 40-27 to Texas. In 2008, Missouri won 38-7 against Arkansas. The 2014 game is the Tigers' chance to achieve a winning record. The Southeastern Conference East Division champion Tigers are currently 11-2; the Oklahoma State Cowboys are 10-2.

2. Coverage

Fans have a variety of options for following the action at the bowl. Play-by-play coverage of the game will be broadcast on Fox and on ESPN Radio Network. The Cotton Bowl has official accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Blogspot.

3. Heisman faceoff

The Tigers' 2008 Cotton Bowl game against Arkansas featured a face-off of two Heisman Trophy finalists, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. Neither player received the award. Daniel is now a backup quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, and McFadden plays for the Oakland Raiders.

4. Sold-out game

Missouri's allotment of tickets for the 2014 game sold out in less than 10 minutes. Both Missouri and Oklahoma State were allotted 12,500 tickets, and the stadium's capacity is 71,800, according to Mike McGhee, an intern in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic ticket office. Club tickets were $225 and reserved tickets were $140, McGhee said.

5. Texas impact

Before 2010, the Cotton Bowl was held in Dallas. This is the Tigers' first Cotton Bowl in Arlington. According a report from the MU Registrar's Office, 2.3 percent of MU's total student enrollment in fall 2013 was from Texas. Seventeen MU football players list Texas hometowns on the roster.

Supervising editor is Margaux Henquinet.


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