SAN DIEGO — A 10-win season was accomplished at the Holiday Bowl Tuesday night at Qualcomm Stadium, but it wasn't Oklahoma State celebrating the achievement.
With a second-half performance lacking in all areas, the No. 13 Cowboys couldn't add to one of the most successful seasons in school history with a 42-31 loss to No. 17 Oregon
"They were much more physical than us in the second half and we just weren't able to overcome that," OSU coach Mike Gundy said.
OSU finishes the season at 9-4, with three of the losses to teams that were ranked in the top three in the nation at the time OSU played them.
Though a win Tuesday night could have been a springboard to a strong offseason, Gundy believes the loss might provide equal motivation.
"We faced some adversity and it's very important how we respond to it," he said. "There will be a lot of excitement in the offseason and I expect us to have a good offseason and get better."