Missouri's defense, which had only given up 113 rushing yards per game and ranked second in the SEC against the run before the loss in the championship game, gave up a whopping 544 yards on the ground to Auburn. That left a bitter taste in Missouri's mouth.
Quarterback and defensive back Raymond Wingo verbally pledged to join the Tigers, and defensive back Logan Cheadle signed his letter of intent to attend MU.
Michael Sam, who led the Southeastern Conference in sacks this year, is Missouri's first consensus All-American since Roger Wehrli in 1968.
After not having practice since its 59-42 loss to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Championship game, the Missouri football team was back to work Monday.
It was announced Monday that Missouri defensive end Michael Sam was awarded a spot in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., to cap his season.
Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald beat out Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr for the Rotary Lombardi Award given annually to the nation's top college lineman.
Michael Sam is the first player in Missouri history to earn a conference Defensive Player of the Year award from league coaches.
The Tigers' appearance in the 2014 Cotton Bowl will be their third appearance in that bowl.
Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam and defensive back E.J. Gaines were recognized as two of the best defensive players in the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.
Henry Josey was all smiles after Sunday night's bowl announcement, while L'Damian Washington's mind was still on what could have been.
Tickets for the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic went on sale publicly to Tiger fans at noon Monday and were sold out in less than 10 minutes.
Missouri fans used social media to protest what they consider biased commentary from CBS announcers at Saturday's Southeastern Conference title game.
Southeastern Conference Auburn was well-represented with team and individual honors. Missouri's Michael Sam named defensive player of the year.
The 2013 Missouri team wanted to be different, but it's tough to ignore the similarities to 2007.
Fans responded to the news that the Missouri Tigers would be playing in the Cotton Bowl against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Missouri's ranking in the AP Poll dropped to No. 9 after its loss to Auburn at the SEC Championship.
The Tigers will play Oklahoma State on Jan. 3 in Dallas.
After losing to Auburn in the Southeastern Conference Championship, Missouri slipped out of the BCS. Instead, it has accepted a bid to play in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State.
Missouri had a chance to validate its season in the SEC Championship Game. Instead, it allowed 677 yards of offense in a 59-42 loss to Auburn on the biggest stage in college football.
A team that had dreams of a national championship is now headed out of the BCS — barring a bizarre sequence of events — and to some place a long way from southern California.