Henry Josey Puts Missouri Tigers on his Back in Cotton Bowl

By Tyler Brett
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The Missouri Tigers came one defensive collapse away from winning the SEC Championship and a possible spot in the BCS National Championship. They had to settle for a spot in the AT&T Cotton Bowl against their former Big 12 rival Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Tigers enjoyed a huge turnaround season in 2013 and capped it off with a strong 41-31 win thanks to the tough running of Henry Josey.

Josey has been a feel-good story in college football this season, bouncing back from a shredded knee to become one of the most explosive rushers in the SEC, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark as he led the Missouri offense even as they went through injuries at quarterback this season. He was absolutely vital to their run to an SEC East division title and he stepped up one more time in the Cotton Bowl to get Missouri the win.

Against a tough Oklahoma State run defense, Josey found holes to shoot through regularly, averaging 7.7 yards per carry as he racked up 92 yards on 12 carries. Most importantly to Missouri, Josey was a finisher, capping off three drives with rushing touchdowns, including a 16-yard run to paydirt to put Missouri up for good with just three minutes to play in the game. When the Tigers needed him most, Josey stepped up and delivered.

This performance gives Missouri plenty to build on in 2014, including a possible Heisman Trophy campaign for Josey. They have a tremendous amount of talent returning next season, spear-headed by Josey in the backfield. He’s returned to full strength from his injury in 2013 and can now take it to the next level next season following his strong performance in the Cotton Bowl.

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