Missouri football defeats Oklahoma State 41-31 in Cotton Bowl

Friday, January 3, 2014 | 11:32 p.m. CST; updated 1:20 a.m. CST, Saturday, January 4, 2014
The No. 8 Missouri Tigers beat the No. 13 Oklahoma State Cowboys on Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Missouri Tigers defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night.

The Tigers (12-2) built a 17-7 lead heading into halftime, but poor quarterback play by James Franklin (15-for-40, four turnovers) helped the Cowboys get back into the game and eventually take a 31-27 lead.

The offense was not completely stagnant, however. Henry Josey scored three times in the ground to keep the offense afloat, and Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam forced a fumble that resulted in a 73-yard touchdown return by Shane Ray.

That final score sealed the win in a 4 1/2-hour game that featured several controversial moments and big plays.

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