The Missouri Tigers (11-2) will face former Big 12 foe Oklahoma State (10-2) in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3, at 7:30 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. The announcement was made on Sunday night.
"We are honored and excited to accept a bid to play in the Cotton Bowl," said head coach Gary Pinkel, who will make his ninth bowl appearance in 13 seasons at Missouri. "We know first-hand just how great of a trip this is and how first class of an operation the Cotton Bowl runs. We have a chance to play an outstanding team in Oklahoma State, and this is an opportunity to finish up a special season in front of a great Mizzou crowd."
Ninth ranked Mizzou is coming off a 59-42 loss to Auburn in the SEC Championship. Thirteenth ranked Oklahoma State was upset by rival Oklahoma, 33-24, on Saturday in a game that cost the Cowboys the Big 12 title.
“We just landed two of the preeminent teams in the country, and we couldn’t be more thrilled," said Cotton Bowl Chairman Tommy Bain. "Missouri and Oklahoma State are capable of lighting up the scoreboard in a hurry, and defensively, each team is strong. The Tigers won the SEC’s Eastern Division and gave Auburn all it wanted in the conference championship game. We can’t wait to get these two teams to Arlington, pamper them with some Texas hospitality, and then prepare for another exciting Classic.”
Missouri had its nine-year bowl streak snapped last season. The Tigers won their last trip to the Cotton Bowl 38-7 over border rival Arkansas in 2008. Quarterback Chase Daniel was a Heisman Trophy finalist that season, but it was senior running back Tony Temple who stole the show with a Cotton Bowl record 281 rushing yards on 21 carries. Mizzou's only other Cotton Bowl appearance came in 1946, a 40-27 loss to Texas.
Oklahoma State played in the Cotton Bowl in 2010, falling 21-7 to Mississippi. The Cowboys also lost 31-28 to Ole Miss in the 2004 Cotton Bowl. Their first Cotton Bowl appearance was a 34-0 win over Texas Christian University in 1945.
Missouri ranks 10th in the nation in total offense at 492.9 yards per game. Oklahoma State ranks 45th in total offense with 440.5 yards per game.
The Tigers are led by 13th year head coach Gary Pinkel (101-63), who is tied with Don Faurot for most wins by a head coach in school history.
The Cowboys are coached by Mike Gundy. He is 77-37 in eight seasons at the helm, including being named 2011 National Coach of the Year.
The game is already sold out, but the University will receive 12,500 tickets to sell to its fans. For more information visit www.mutigers.com.