IRVING — Marvin Foster was committed to Missouri, the only Football Bowl Subdivision school that had shown interest in him, when Oklahoma State requested a visit before his last game at North Crowley High School.Foster declined, deciding to remain true to the Tigers who had shown faith in him all along. The defensive lineman, who was dubbed “Big Marv“ by his teammates, finishes his career Friday against the Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl.During two-a-days, teammate Michael Sam, one of the team’s jokesters, began singing a song about Foster.“And the team just started singing it and I started dancing,” Foster said. “Michael Sam is a pretty animated guy and he’ll make a song out of anything. He just started singing my name one day and it stuck.”Foster is thrilled he stuck with Missouri and is happy to finish his career back home.“It’s a lot different than Texas, I’ll tell you that,” he said of Missouri. “I’ve seen a lot of places, places I’d never see if I didn’t play football. This is the best way to cap off five years at Missouri. To be here, I’m very blessed.”Tigers expect reboundBoth Missouri and Oklahoma State are trying to rebound after losing league titles — the Tigers to Auburn in the SEC Championship Game and the Cowboys to Oklahoma in their regular-season finale. OSU lost in the final minute, while Mizzou was embarrassed by Auburn.“We’ve kind of let that go,” Mizzou cornerback E.J. Gaines said. “It’s nothing to overreact to. It’s just one bad day.”Auburn gained 677 yards, including 545 yards rushing in the 59-42 win. Mizzou entered the game allowing just 119 yards rushing per game.“I went back and looked at it, tried to learn from it,” Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel said. “You’ve got to learn from everything in life. I’ve got to worry about what I’ve got to do in the next hour or two. I’m not too worried about how we got our butts kicked three weeks ago.”TCU connectionTCU’s new co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham coached under OSU’s Mike Gundy for eight seasons before taking the offensive coordinator job at Houston in 2013. Gundy said the proliferation of former staffers will force the Cowboys to change their signals again.“We go way back. We played together and he was with me for eight years before he left to be a coordinator,” Gundy said. “He’s got a great football mind and is also a good teacher.”Impressive gameOSU safety Zack Craig made national news (on the Internet, at least) earlier this season when it was revealed he was dating Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Jordan Daigle, a former TCU Showgirl.“If I didn’t know the guy, I would say he outkicked his coverage,” OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey said. “But he’s one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.”Reunion Tower lightsThe winner of Friday’s AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic will earn a special light show from the Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas. The tower’s lights will pay tribute to both OSU and Missouri colors Thursday night.
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