2008 Cotton Bowl Classic

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2008 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
Missouri 771410 38
Arkansas 0070 7
DateJanuary 1, 2008
StadiumCotton Bowl
LocationDallas, Texas
MVPRB Tony Temple (Missouri)
SS William Moore (Missouri)
FavoriteMissouri by 3½[1]
RefereeRon Cherry
PayoutUS$3,000,000 per team[3]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersPat Summerall and Brian Baldinger
Cotton Bowl Classic
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The 2008 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 2008, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, USA. The Cotton Bowl Classic was part of the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season and one of 32 games in the 2007–2008 bowl season. The bowl game featured the Arkansas Razorbacks from the SEC and the Missouri Tigers from the Big 12 and was televised in the United States on FOX. Senior RB Tony Temple of Mizzou set a single game rushing record for the Cotton Bowl Classic with 281 yards and 4 touchdowns. His 281 rushing yards put him in second place all time for total rushing yards in a bowl game.

Game invitation[edit]

The Arkansas Razorbacks and the Missouri Tigers accepted the Cotton Bowl Classic's invitation to play in the bowl game on January 1. This was the Arkansas Razorbacks' 11th appearance in the Cotton Bowl Classic (with a record of 3–6–1 in previous Cotton Bowl Classics) and the second appearance for the Missouri Tigers (0–1).[4] Many Missouri fans felt insulted that the Tigers had been sent to the Cotton Bowl Classic instead of a BCS bowl after a stunning season that included a spot atop the AP College Football Rankings and a co-championship in the Big XII North. This feeling was amplified by the fact that the Kansas Jayhawks, Missouri's historical and then-conference rival, had been invited to the BCS Orange Bowl after being beaten by the Tigers at the annual Arrowhead Stadium Border Showdown in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pre-game buildup[edit]

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MIZZ ARK
1 02:29 73 1:53 MIZZ Tony Temple 22-yard touchdown run, Jeff Wolfert kick good 7 0
2 04:34 82 2:13 MIZZ Tony Temple 4-yard touchdown run, Jeff Wolfert kick good 14 0
3 13:38 49 1:20 MIZZ Tony Temple 4-yard touchdown run, Jeff Wolfert kick good 21 0
3 07:37 26 0:00 MIZZ Interception returned 26 yards for touchdown by William Moore, Jeff Wolfert kick good 28 0
3 03:08 71 4:24 ARK Darren McFadden 3-yard touchdown run, Alex Tejada kick good 28 7
4 10:25 -3 0:39 MIZZ 32-yard field goal by Jeff Wolfert 31 7
4 08:33 40 0:10 MIZZ Tony Temple 40-yard touchdown run, Jeff Wolfert kick good 38 7
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 38 7


  1. ^ Buchanan, Olin (29 December 2007). "Cotton Bowl: Missouri vs. Arkansas". Rivals.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2008.
  2. ^ DeArmond, Mike (2008-01-01). "Missouri runs over Arkansas in Cotton Bowl win". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2008-01-17.[dead link]
  3. ^ Mizzou Accepts Bid from AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic – MISSOURI OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
  4. ^ a b "It's Official.. Mizzou vs. Arkansas!". AT&T Cotton Bowl. 2007-12-02. Archived from the original on December 28, 2008. Retrieved 2007-12-02.