The No. 8 Mizzou Tigers claimed the school’s second-ever Cotton Bowl Classic championship with its 41-31 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma State on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. It was Missouri’s third all-time appearance in the bowl, with the Tigers winning for the first time since the 2008 game (38-7 vs. Arkansas).
Head coach Gary Pinkel became Mizzou's all-time winningest coach with the Cotton Bowl victory. Through 13 seasons, Pinkel holds a 102-63 record, moving past legendary Don Faurot, who won 101 games from 1935-42, 46-56.
HEAD COACH GARY PINKEL
“Just to mention some of the things that Mike said, too, I would say thanks to AT&T, thanks to the Cotton Bowl, second to none as far as hospitality. And, you know, just everybody has been great. The City of Dallas, everywhere we've gone, we've been treated with respect and kindness. It is just a great situation that you have here. And you do all the right things from our standpoint. And our players have had a great time.
HEAD COACH MIKE GUNDY
“From our administration, players and the Big 12, we want to say thank you to AT&T. Bowl games are about an opportunity for the fans, coaches, players to enjoy a week. And as everybody said, the Cotton Bowl's been terrific, the hospitality, everything involved. We've had a great week.
“We're very excited about the game. We want to say congratulations to Coach Pinkel, his staff, and his players for a terrific season, what they've been able to accomplish.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR DAVE STECKEL
On Missouri defense getting production from players that weren’t highly rated recruits
“To begin when you say highly-rated, I’m not sure who makes those rankings. Have you ever seen any of those people who give those stars? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But we have a certain system at Missouri that will follow and go through our little checklist. Like I always tell people, to me my wife is the most beautiful woman in the world.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR MIKE YURCICH
“On behalf of the Oklahoma State football program, I’d like to thank the Cotton Bowl and the administration for their warm hospitality, their generosity. It’s been a wonderful experience for the coaches and players and also for our families.”
On running back Desmond Roland
“Desmond has had a tremendous season for us. I know Dez is really focused and looking forward to this opportunity to get back in front of his hometown and to be able to put on a great performance for you.
OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JOSH HENSON
On playing alma mater (Oklahoma State) and former program at which he coached
“I see a lot of familiar faces and have a lot of familiarity with the people around the program. Other than that, you take the emotions out of it obviously. It is just another game and the truth is that every day I am with the guys in this room and on the Missouri team. That is where my heart and soul is every day in preparing to win the game. Obviously, do I have special feelings toward Oklahoma State, sure I do, it is my home it is where I played, the team I grew up loving.
DALLAS – The Oklahoma State Cowboys, along with Head Coach Mike Gundy, spent part of their New Year’s Eve spreading 2014 wishes, visiting the children of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
“This is a great experience for our team,” said Gundy. “Our team is very excited about participating in this year’s AT&T Cotton Bowl, but to be here with these children is a great opportunity for us and we will get more out of this visit than anyone else.
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GLENN SPENCER
“It’s great to be here. We’ve had a tremendous experience so far. I’ve been to a lot of bowl games. This is hands down the best bowl in the nation, year in and year out. Somebody asked me yesterday if there was disappointment after losing the OU game and realizing we weren’t going to the Fiesta Bowl, and that disappointment turned right into elation when you find out you’re coming to the Cotton Bowl.
HEAD COACH MIKE GUNDY
“We want to thank the AT&T Cotton Bowl and everybody involved. We have been here a few days now the hospitality, accommodation, entertainment and facilities have been really good and our players have had a great few days. We are looking forward to practicing the next few days and preparing for a great game.”
On playing Missouri
“I think every game is important and we are excited about playing against Missouri, who is a very good football team.
HEAD COACH GARY PINKEL
“First of all we are very excited to be here and a part of the 2014 AT&T Cotton Bowl. It is a great bowl in a great city. Obviously this facility, AT&T Stadium, is remarkable. I probably can’t do it justice in description. We are excited about being here. Our fans certainly are too. We have had a good week thus far. One of our goals is to certainly have a good time when we are not focusing on the things we need to focus on.
DALLAS – Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers football team spent Monday afternoon visiting Children’s Medical Center in Dallas as part of the events surrounding the 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
Players from Mizzou spent their time at the hospital interacting with patients in the center’s Butterfly Atrium, while a group of senior players and captains visited patients in their rooms.
Chris Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Health Services of Texas, welcomed the group along with former Cotton Bowl Chairman John Stuart and his wife, Barbara.
As much as things change, they remain the same. The Missouri Tigers will meet their old Big 12 conference foe, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, in the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, Jan. 3rd.
“We are thrilled to have two of the top-ranked teams in the country with Oklahoma State and Missouri, and needless to say, Coach Gundy and Coach Pinkel have put together two great teams that deserved to be honored at the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic,” Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic is proud to announce that Grammy winner Pat Monahan, best known as the lead singer for the rock band Train, will kick off the 78th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Pat, with his bandmates at his side, will sing the national anthem to a sold-out AT&T Stadium on January 3.
"We are thrilled to have Pat perform our country’s National Anthem as part of the pre-game pageantry at the 2014 Classic," Tommy Bain, Chairman of the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic said.
IRVING, Texas - Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, today announced the members of the committee that will select the four teams to compete in the first playoff. The 13 members were unanimously chosen by the College Football Playoff Management Committee, the commissioners of the conferences overseeing the new playoff. The playoff will begin at the end of the 2014 season.
“We wanted people of the highest integrity for this committee, and we got them.
The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic lost one of its greatest legends today when former Texas Wishbone quarterback James Street passed away at the age of 65.
Street led the Longhorns to back-to-back Cotton Bowl Classics, defeating Tennessee 36-13 in 1969, and a year later knocked off Notre Dame 21-17 to help Texas claim the national championship in college football’s 100th anniversary season.
To reach the 1970 Classic, Street guided the Longhorns to an amazing 15-14 come-from-behind victory over Arkansas in a game best known as “The Big Shootout.