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Another high-scoring Holiday Bowl for the OSU Cowboys?

BY SCOTT WRIGHT Modified: December 21, 2008 at 10:17 am •  Published: December 21, 2008
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photo - Kendall Hunter leads a Cowboys team that’s in the top 10 in the nation in rushing yards per game.  PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Kendall Hunter leads a Cowboys team that’s in the top 10 in the nation in rushing yards per game. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
STILLWATER — Ninety-one is the record for total points scored in a Holiday Bowl game.

Considering Oklahoma State and Oregon together average 83.5 points per game, that — nor any other offensive record in Holiday Bowl history — is safe when these two teams meet next week.

Of course, it’s just another classic matchup in the Defense-Takes-a-Holiday Bowl.

The offensive numbers in the Holiday Bowl record book are staggering. Three times, the game has had more than 1,000 total yards from its two teams. Three teams have gone over 650 yards on their own. Twenty-two teams have scored 35 points or more in the 30-year history of the bowl. And 18 of the 30 games have featured more than 60 total points.

Oklahoma State still holds the record for most yards, with 698 in their 62-14 win over Wyoming in 1988. Texas A&M edged the Cowboys for the highest score by one team in a 65-14 rout of BYU in 1990.

But those kind of lopsided totals aren’t expected in this year’s edition, with OSU favored by a field goal. The over/under (the betting line for total points scored in a game) has been around 76 points, which is higher than that of any other bowl game.

"These two teams have scored a lot of points,” Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said.


Oklahoma St. vs. Oregon

→When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30

→Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

→TV: ESPN (Cox 29)

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