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High Noon Highlights(12/26): A look at Mizzou’s throwing game

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A look at Oklahoma State’s Liberty Bowl opponent:

Mizzou’s Rivals site is previewing next Monday’s Liberty Bowl starting today. Writer Mitchell Forde gave some really good insight into the Tigers’ throwing game. Spoiler alert with the way the Cowboy’s pass defense has gone this season, it doesn’t look great.

Drew Lock has been a different quarterback in his senior year than in seasons past. After he set an SEC record with 44 passing touchdowns in a single season as a junior, Lock’s stats have dipped in new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley’s system, which has emphasized balance and ball control. Meanwhile, the team’s win total increased.

But Monday, against Oklahoma State’s suspect pass defense, Lock could have a chance to end his college career with one last eye-popping stat line.

Oklahoma State ranks No. 96 nationally in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score an average of 32.4 points per game. The Cowboys come in at No. 107 against the pass, giving up 258.3 yards per contest through the air. Against Power Five opponents, that number climbs to just over 270 passing yards per game.

Missouri, meanwhile, ranks No. 26 in the country in passing offense, averaging 271.6 yards per game. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Lock — during Missouri’s four-game losing streak to open SEC play, Lock completed just 68 of 137 pass attempts and threw one touchdown compared to five interceptions. {Rivals}

Mike Gundy gets the #BestofCFB Award for quote of the year:

For his rant about Twitter Mike Gundy has earned himself the #BestofCFB Award for quote of the year from Fox Sports College Football.

Oklahoma State posts bowl game game notes:

Everything you need to know about the bowl game from OSU Athletics.

The game will be televised by ESPN with Clay Matvick, Dan Orlovsky and Paul Carcaterra on the call. ESPN Radio will be on hand as well, with Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley and Alyssa Lang bringing the game to a national audience. The contest will also be carried live on the Cowboy Radio Network and streamed to okstate.com with Dave Hunziker handling play-by-play, John Holcomb providing analysis and Robert Allen reporting from the sideline. {OSU Athletics}