OSU falls to Missouri in Cotton Bowl

(Photo/Glen Miller)

By Glen Miller

DALLAS – Even with his 4.5 speed, David Glidden knew that there was no catching Missouri defensive end Shane Ray’s game-sealing fumble return in the 78th Annual AT&T Cotton Bowl.

“I don’t think anyone could have caught him. He was all alone,” said Glidden.

But it’s not like the Mustang native didn’t try.

“I thought I had a chance for a second, but he was quite a bit ahead of me,” said Glidden.

Glidden, in the game for the injured Josh Stewart, was running a pass route on the Missouri sidelines when Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was hit and stripped of the football.

Clint Chelf (Photo/Glen Miller)

Clint Chelf (Photo/Glen Miller)

The loose pigskin was scooped up by Ray and returned down the OSU sidelines 73 yards for a touchdown with 55 seconds left, securing Missouri’s 41-31 win over the Cowboys.

“I was on the opposite side of the field running a longer route. I turned and looked back for the ball and that’s when I saw him (Ray) pick up the ball and he was already off.

“I thought I had a shot at him and coaches are always preaching at us to never give up on a play and that was all I was thinking. I got there a little bit behind him, but that would have been a tough run-down,” said Glidden.

Ray’s return was the longest in Cotton Bowl history, eclipsing the 65-yard return by Nebraska’s Steve Manstedt against Texas in 1974. It also serves as the longest miscellaneous return for a touchdown in the bowl’s history.

“That was pretty hard being on the field for that one. Once it happened we pretty much knew that was the ball game right there. It was a difficult situation trying to put that one in the back of your head and still go out and play,” said Glidden.

The late touchdown capped a wild fourth period in which the teams combined for a record-setting 41 points and traded points on six consecutive possessions.

The previous record for scoring, in any period, was 30 set by Penn State and Baylor in the fourth period of the 1975 game. Ray’s score polished off a 24-point effort by Missouri in the final quarter, which was also a new Cotton Bowl record.

“The game started out slow but in the fourth period things picked up a little bit and it turned into the battle everyone was expecting. Both teams were putting it all out there,” said Glidden.

The Tigers scored in the fourth period on runs of 16 and 25 yards by Henry Josey – with the shorter of the two gallops coming with 3:08 left to put Missouri in the lead at 34-31.

Missouri had a 46-yard field goal (6:29) by Andrew Baggett that capped a controversial eight-play, 47-yard drive. The series looked to have stalled three minutes earlier when Missouri quarterback James Franklin threw his second interception. The pick was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by Tyler Patmon.

However, Patmon was flagged for questionable pass interference which negated the score and gave the ball back to Missouri. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy said he was told by officials Patmon had interfered but was given no further explanation on the flag.

“I didn’t see it. I just saw two guys competing for the ball,” said Gundy.

Oklahoma State tied the score at 17-all in the fourth period on a 25-yard Ben Grogan field goal with 13:32 left. The Cowboys answered Josey’s long scoring run with a 23-yard touchdown jaunt by Chelf with 9:51 left to even the score at 24-all.

The Cowboys only lead of the game came with 5:04 to play when Desmond Roland powered his way into the end zone from 2 yards out with 5:04 remaining. Grogan’s PAT made it a 31-27 contest.

The teams combined for 397 total yards in that fourth period, with the Cowboys rolling up 248 yards to 149 for Missouri.

“It was a tough loss to take. Missouri is a good football team and I have to give them all the credit. All of our guys fought hard to the end but sometimes that’s the way it goes,” said Glidden.

Oklahoma State outgained Missouri in total yards, 548-462, but the Tigers held the edge in rushing yards by a 256-167 mark. Josey led the Tigers with 92 yards and three scores on 12 carries.

The Cowboys held a 381-206 lead in passing yards, with the combined 101 passing attempts between the two schools breaking the Cotton Bowl record. The old record of 84 was set last year in Oklahoma’s loss to Texas A&M.

Oklahoma State ran 96 offensive plays (39 rushing/57 passing), which also set a new bowl record as did the combined 187 plays between the two schools. The game’s 4:19 length was the longest in Cotton Bowl history.

In the loss, Chelf set a new CB record with 381 passing yards, surpassing the 364 yards put up by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2009 against Ole Miss. Chelf also broke Harrell’s record of combined offensive plays, throwing 57 passes and rushing 10 times.

Chelf was 33-of-57 with two interceptions. He had a 40-yard touchdown pass to Stewart in the first period and a 21-yarder to Jhajuan Seales in the third period.

Tracy Moore caught seven passes for 100 yards, while Stewart had eight catches for 84 yards and Charlie Moore four for 53 yards.

Glidden was one of 10 players with a catch for Oklahoma State, snagging a 5-yard reception on the Cowboys opening possession of the second half.

“I had the one catch but I knew going into the game that with Josh (Stewart) healthy, he was going to be playing. I got in on the reps I did and when the ball was thrown to me I tried to catch it. I tried to do whatever was best for the team,” said Glidden.