COLUMBIA, Mo. - Following Mizzou's 41-31 victory over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon visited a Columbia food bank to make a donation following a friendly bet with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
Nixon, a 1978 graduate of the University of Missouri, and Fallin, a 1977 OSU graduate, agreed to use their interstate rivalry to bring to light those who need a helping hand. Nixon wagered meat from Burgers' Smokehouse against a collection of food products from Oklahoma businesses, with the winnings going to a food bank in either Missouri or Oklahoma.
On Wednesday, Nixon presented the Missouri wager, donated by Burgers' Smokehouse, to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The Oklahoma products will also be sent to the same food bank when they arrive in state.
"Just as the Cowboys turned over something valuable at a crucial time on Friday night," said Nixon, "so I am encouraging Missourians to give generously to food banks and other charitable organizations that help our fellow citizens when they need help the most."