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      Governors make friendly wager on Cotton Bowl

      Governor Nixon has made a friendly wager with Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin on the winner of Fridayâ??s Cotton Bowl game between the Missouri Tigers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

      Both Governors are wagering food products from their states, with the food to be donated to a food bank or pantry in the state of the winning team. Gov. Nixon wagered a spiral sliced ham and a smoke turkey from Burgersâ?? Smokehouse in California, MO. Gov. Fallin is wagering a food basket with about 50 pounds of products donated by the Made in Oklahoma Coalition.

      The food won by either governor will be donated to a local food bank.

      â??Our Tigers have had an outstanding 11-2 campaign in only their second year in the premier football conference in the country,â?? said Governor Nixon, a 1978 graduate of the University of Missouri and a 1981 graduate of the Universityâ??s School of Law. â??I look forward to watching the Tigers claim the Cotton Bowl title on Friday, and sending the Cowboys home empty-handed across the Red River.â??

      Fallin, a 1977 OSU graduate, said she is confident the 10-2 Cowboys will be able to corral the Tigers.

      â??It is definitely an exciting time for both universities to be playing in a historic bowl game like the Cotton Bowl,â?? Governoer Fallin said. â??I appreciate Governor Nixon for showing good sportsmanship by participating in this friendly wager as we continue to raise awareness about hunger in both states. I look forward to the delivery of these goods when the Cowboys win!â??