The Oklahoma State Cowboys roll over the Purdue Boilermakers Tuesday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl 58-14. The OSU offense stalled with a 3 & out on their first series, but the woke up after Purdue converted on a fake punt from their own 13-yard line.
OSU dominated their Big 10 opponent behind bowl MVP Clint Chelf. The Enid native was 17-22 for 197-yards and three touchdowns. The once third string quarterback had command of the offense and at the half lead 28-0. "It's a symbol of the guys around me." OSU Quarterback Clint Chelf said, "Offensive line played well today, defensive receivers, good punt return, defense kept giving us a short field.We tried to capitalize on that.Coach Gundy called some good plays, and we just tried to execute."
The Cowboys defense got things started after the break. Daytanion Lowe returns a fumble 37-yards for the score and the blow out was on. Oklahoma State led 35-0. The Pokes defense was very opportunistic. They forced five turnovers against Purdue. They had three fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
OSU was up 45-0 before the Boilermakers finally got on the board. Robert Marve found Brandon Cottom right before the end of the 3rd quarter. The 32-yard touchdown made it 45-7 Cowboys.
This is the third straight bowl victory for Oklahoma State.
"Obviously, a very good game for our team. Our players competed, had really good preparation over the last three weeks. We did a great job taking care of the football and forced turnovers, took advantage of those turnovers." OSU head Coach Mike Gundy said, "We had a number of players that played very well. Really don't want to get into those guys because there were so many of them.
Just proud of our senior class, proud of the preparation of our team. They handled themselves very professionally over the last three weeks, especially the last five days.
The Heart of Dallas Bowl has been terrific for us. Accommodations were awesome. The events we had in the evenings, out there with the Blue Man Group, the Mavericks, the golf, was great.
These guys did a wonderful job of taking care of our team, our families, our kids. We had a great week here. We can't thank them enough for that.
I think the overall speed of our football team was considerably different, and that's what made the difference in the football game. We were able to make some good plays there and force some turnovers and take advantage of them."
Mike Gundy will have a lot on his mind this off season. He'll have to hire a new offensive coordinator and determine who will be his starting quarterback next season. Freshman Wes Lunt started the 2012 season, but missed games due to injury. Then second stringer JW Walsh proved he deserved playing time. And obviously the way Chelf has preformed over the last handful of games this season it looks like it will be a tough decision. "There's no question. It's a feel‑good story. I don't think there's any reason why we should look at it any other way." Gundy said. "Clint was in a difficult situation. We said that when we were in that position, at some point a young man has to reach down deep inside and decide what he wants to do and make a decision. That's what Clint today."
" For me, one of the people I look up to in my life is my brother." Chelf said, "He had a tough road. I watched him fight through the same thing, get out and make some plays, ended on a high note last year. For me, I seen him do it, I knew I could do it. I just tried to follow in his footsteps."
Coach Gundy kind of alluded that Chefl will be the guy when spring ball begins. " Clint has finished the year strong.We're going to work our quarterbacks just like we would any other position.But when we start out in the spring, and they go running out there, Clint is going to go running out there just like he did today."
Here's a look at the game notes provided by the Oklahoma State Sports Information.
:: With its 58-14 win, OSU improves to 15-8 all time in
:: The Cowboys are 5-2 in bowl games under head coach
:: With their 58-point effort, the Cowboys have now
eclipsed the 50-point mark 23 times during Gundy's
tenure as head coach.
:: OSU's 44-point win is the second-largest margin of
victory by a Big 12 Conference team in a bowl game.
The record is 49, that coming when Nebraska defeated
Northwestern, 66-17, in the 2000 Alamo Bowl.
:: The 58 points is OSU's most ever against a Big 10
Conference opponent, besting the 49 the Cowboys had
vs. Indiana in the 2007 Insight Bowl.
:: OSU's 58 points is the most ever by a team in a bowl
game played at Cotton Bowl Stadium, surpassing USC's
55-point effort against Texas Tech in 1995.
:: The 58 points is the second most by OSU in a bowl
game, trailing only the 62 the Cowboys racked up
against Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl.
:: OSU finishes the season 8-5, marking the fifth-straight
season the Cowboys have reached eight wins. That
streak is the longest in program history.
:: Serving as OSU captains for today's game were
Calvin Barnett, Quinn Sharp, Lane Taylor, Cooper
Bassett and Joseph Randle.
:: OSU had five scoring drives of two minutes or less,
giving it 48 such drives on the season and marking the
40th-straight game the Cowboys have recorded a scoring
drive in under two minutes.
:: OSU finished with 524 yards of total offense, marking
the eighth game this season the Cowboys have surpassed