2023 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
88th Cotton Bowl Classic
1234 Total
Missouri 00014 14
Ohio State 3000 3
DateDecember 29, 2023
StadiumAT&T Stadium
LocationArlington, Texas
MVPOffensive: Brady Cook (QB, Missouri)
Defensive: Johnny Walker Jr. (DL, Missouri)
FavoriteOhio State by 3.5[1]
RefereeDerek Anderson (Big 12)[2]
United States TV coverage
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersDave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), and Tom Luginbill (sideline) (ESPN)
Brad Sham (play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (analyst), and Taylor McGregor (sideline) (ESPN Radio)
Cotton Bowl Classic
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The 2023 Cotton Bowl Classic was a college football bowl game played on December 29, 2023 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The 88th annual Cotton Bowl Classic featured Missouri of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Ohio State of the Big Ten Conference—teams selected at-large by the College Football Playoff selection committee. The game began at approximately 7:00 p.m. CST and was aired on ESPN.[3][4] The Cotton Bowl Classic was one of the 2023–24 bowl games concluding the 2023 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and was officially known as the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.


The game featured Ohio State from the Big Ten Conference and Missouri from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). This was the 13th all-time meeting between the Buckeyes and Tigers, with Ohio State leading the series 10–1–1.[5] Their most recent prior meeting was September 19, 1998, a 35–14 Buckeyes win at home. Missouri's lone win came during the 1976 season.


Main article: 2023 Missouri Tigers football team

Missouri started the season 5–0, including a victory over No. 15 Kansas State on a game-winning 61-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis. The Tigers were subsequently ranked in the AP poll. However, they were defeated at home by LSU, 49–39, and three weeks later lost on the road to top-ranked Georgia, 30–21, ending their SEC title hopes. Missouri followed their loss to Georgia with a strong 36–7 win over Tennessee, and ended their season on a three-game winning streak and a 10–2 record (6–2 in SEC). The Tigers entered the bowl ranked ninth in all major polls.

This was Missouri's fourth Cotton Bowl Classic; the Tigers had a record of 2–1 in prior Cotton Bowls, losing the January 1946 edition and winning the January 2008 edition and January 2014 edition.

Ohio State

Main article: 2023 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

Ohio State entered the year looking to improve upon their 2022 season, when they received a College Football Playoff berth but lost to Georgia in the 2022 Peach Bowl semifinal. The Buckeyes earned marquee wins over Notre Dame and Penn State by margins of 17–14 and 20–12, respectively. However, in a top-three rivalry clash against Michigan in their final game of the regular season, the Buckeyes lost 30–24 in Ann Arbor, leaving them with an 11–1 record (8–1 in Big Ten) and out of playoff contention. The Buckeyes entered the bowl ranked seventh in all major polls.

This was Ohio State's third Cotton Bowl Classic; the Buckeyes won both of their prior two appearances, the January 1987 edition and December 2017 edition.

Game summary

2023 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
Period 1 2 34Total
No. 9 Missouri Tigers 0 0 01414
No. 7 Ohio State Buckeyes 3 0 003

at AT&T StadiumArlington, Texas

Game information
First quarter
  • (3:12) OSU – Jayden Fielding 44 yard field goal (Drive: 5 plays, 27 yards, 2:35; Ohio State 3–0)
Second quarter
  • No scoring
Third quarter
  • No scoring
Fourth quarter


Statistics MIZZ OSU
First downs 19 12
Total yards 331 203
Rushing yards 203 97
Passing yards 128 106
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 11-18-0 10-24-0
Time of possession 33:53 26:07
Team Category Player Statistics
Missouri Passing Brady Cook 11-18, 128 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Cody Schrader 29 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Marquis Johnson 1 reception, 50 yards
Ohio State Passing Lincoln Kienholz 6-17, 86 yards
Rushing TreVeyon Henderson 19 carries, 72 yards
Receiving Emeka Egbuka 6 receptions, 63 yards


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  2. ^ Austro, Ben (December 3, 2023). "2023-24 bowl officiating assignments". footballzebras.com. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  3. ^ Straka, Dean. "2023-24 college football bowl schedule, games, dates, locations, kickoff times, TV channels". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 28, 2023.
  4. ^ Lewis, Barry. "2023-24 College Football Bowl Schedule, Dates, Times Announced". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 28, 2023.
  5. ^ "Winsipedia: Ohio State vs. Missouri". Winsipedia. Retrieved December 3, 2023.