Oklahoma St rolls Purdue in Heart of Dallas Bowl
DALLAS (AP) — Oklahoma State didn't lack motivation after a tough Big 12 finish landed the Cowboys in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Quite the opposite.
They had something to prove.
Clint Chelf threw three of his team's five touchdown passes and Oklahoma State rolled up 524 yards of offense and forced five Purdue turnovers in a dominating 58-14 victory Tuesday.
"We were fired up because we felt like we deserved better, basically," said receiver Josh Stewart, whose 64-yard punt return set up the Cowboys' first touchdown. "Coming into the game we knew we had to make a statement. And I think we did a good job of doing that."
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy didn't hide the disappointment of sliding down the bowl priority list with an overtime loss to Oklahoma when the rival Sooners scored in the final seconds of regulation, followed by another narrow defeat at Baylor to finish the regular season.
The Cowboys (8-5), a year removed from finishing the best season in school history with a win in the Fiesta Bowl, responded with the school's most lopsided bowl win since Gundy was the quarterback in a 62-14 rout of Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl.
"Some of the seniors, those guys, would like to have been in a better bowl," said Chelf, who was 17 of 22 for 197 yards with no interceptions. "We're a highly motivated group. I think everybody wanted to go out there and prove people wrong, show them we could win a game like this."
With former Purdue quarterbacks Drew Brees and Kyle Orton watching, Robert Marve didn't get to 100 yards passing until Oklahoma State led 45-0 as the Boilermakers (6-7) fell to 0-4 on New Year's Day.
The Boilermakers gave the Cowboys short fields on their first two scores after Stewart's long punt return and the first of Marve's two interceptions. Various mistakes with the game still close in the first half — a missed field goal, a drop with a receiver behind the defense, and failing to hold on to an easy interception — ended any hope for Purdue.
"When you turn the ball over five times, you don't take advantage of your opportunities, the game can turn out like this," said interim Purdue coach Patrick Higgins, who had fired coach Danny Hope visit the team in the locker room. New coach Darrell Hazell, hired from Kent State, also attended the game.
Leading 28-0 at halftime, Oklahoma State erased any lingering doubt three plays into the second half when Justin Gilbert stripped Purdue receiver O.J. Ross on a short completion. The loose ball shot straight to Daytawion Lowe, who ran 37 yards down the sideline in front of the Purdue bench for a 35-0 lead.
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