OSU's Joseph Randle tacks on his third touchdown in the closing minute at Faurot Field.

The Missouri Tigers lost 45-24 Saturday afternoon to sixth ranked Oklahoma State. Mizzou was down 24-17 at the half but three interceptions and a fumble by James Franklin in the second half cost any chance at a comeback.

Gary Pinkel postgame comments

Shaun Lewis made two big defensive plays for OSU. Lewis intercepted a tipped pass at the Missouri 27 and three plays later OSU scored on a 16-yard run for a 14 point lead midway through the third quarter.

Missouri got the momentum back when E.J. Gaines intercepted Brandon Weeden in the end zone and returned it 54 yards, but Franklin’s fumble at the four gave the Cowboys possession at the 12, and they needed just three plays to score, capping the short drive with a 59 yard run from Joseph Randle making the game 38-17.

Weeden finished 33 of 49 for 338 yards with three touchdowns and the one pick. Weeden’s touchdowns all came in the first 15:04 of the game as OSU built a 21-3 lead.

Missouri battled their way back to 24-17 when Franklin found T.J. Moe wide open for a 34 yard score. Franklin was just 14 of 27 for 184 with that one TD.

James Franklin postgame comments

The only reason Missouri stuck around in this game was the running game produced 248 yards with Henry Josey carrying the ball 25 times for 138.