DFW's college football bowl week began on Monday with Navy's win in the Armed Forces Bowl, continued with North Texas' big win in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day and wrapped up with the No. 8 Missouri Tigers dramatic 41-31 win over the 14-th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday evening at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Prior to the beginning of the game, the cold temperature and the wicked wind sent many of the 72,690 fans directly inside the stadium. However, there were plenty of brave souls that hung out in the east plaza for the pre-game festivities that included a performance by DFW-area band Downtown Fever. I also spotted the popular FOX Sports Southwest Girls Kaime and Liddy alongside the FOX Sports Midwest Girls on hand as part of the FOX College Saturday Tour.
The action on the field officially got underway and an hour later, the first quarter had still not ended. Between a leg injury to OSU offensive lineman Brandon Garrett that occurred six plays into the game and saw him carted off the field and several official's instant replay reviews, the game was moving at a snail's pace. The Orange Bowl in Miami kicked off 30 minutes after the Cotton Bowl, yet had caught up on the game clock with 10 minutes remaining until halftime.
Among the luminaries in attendance at the game were former OSU and current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, former OSU basketball player and current afternoon CBS Sports Radio talk show host Doug Gottlieb, former Missouri pitcher and this year's American League Cy Young Award winner for the Detroit Tigers Max Scherzer and former Missouri and current Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
The lackluster play continued following halftime and after three quarters, Missouri led OSU 17-14. Almost as suddenly as the clock switched to the fourth quarter, the action changed gears to a completely different level and a Cotton Bowl record-41 points were scored by the two teams combined. Missouri led 34-31 with OSU driving when quarterback Clint Chelf had a fumble with 1:06 remaining that was returned for a touchdown by Shane Ray and effectively put the game on ice.
The next college football game at AT&T Stadium is the annual Cowboys Classic that will feature Florida State against Oklahoma State on August 30. The next big NCAA event is the Men's Basketball Championship, better known as the "Final Four," taking place on April 5-7.
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