FILE - Ohio State quarterback Devin Brown plays against Penn State during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio. Ninth-ranked Missouri is in its first New Year’s Six game during the four-team College Football Playoff era against seventh-ranked Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

The clock might have struck zero at AT&T Stadium, but the pain inside Ohio State fans’ hearts only grows with each new stat.

Ohio State’s 14-3 loss against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl Classic now marks the first bowl game losing streak for the Buckeyes in nearly a decade. The defeat follows a 42-41 loss against Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl last December.

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Ryan Day on the sidelines at AT&T Stadium.

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The Buckeyes last dropped back-to-back bowl games in the 2012 Gator Bowl and the 2014 Orange Bowl. Ohio State was banned from competing in the postseason during the 2012 season after the resignation of Jim Tressel following multiple violations imposed on the program after an NCAA ruling.

Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl showcase marked the fewest points OSU had scored in a game since its 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl. It also marked the fewest points scored in any game under Ryan Day’s tenure.

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