Temple Leads Tigers To Victory
by Mike Mitchell
January 1, 2008
Senior running back Tony Temple set Cotton Bowl records by rushing for 281 yards and 4 TD's as Missouri blew out Arkansas 38-7.
The Tigers finished the season 12-2 with their only losses coming against Oklahoma in the regular season, and again to the Sooners in the Big 12 championship game.
Arkansas fell to 8-5 as it played the game under defensive coordinator and interim head coach Reggie Herring.
Coming off a 50-48 triple-overtime victory at LSU in the season finale, Houston Nutt resigned November 26 and was announced the next day as the new head coach at Ole Miss. Bobby Petrino was announced as the new permanent head coach on December 11. Petrino resigned from the Atlanta Falcons after just 13 games. He was 41-9 as the head coach at Louisville from 2003-2006.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden was kept to 104 yards and the Razorback's only TD. The Hogs lost four fumbles and threw one interception.
Missouri QB Chase Daniel, who finished 3rd in the Heisman balloting, completed just 12-of-30 passes for 137 yards with 0 TD's and 1 INT.
The SEC representative had won the last four Cotton Bowls, but Arkansas has now only won two if its last fourteen bowl games. Missouri lost its first seven bowl games, but is 11-7 since 1960.