Oklahoma State stomps Arizona in Alamo Bowl

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: December 30, 2010 at 10:40 am •  Published: December 30, 2010

SAN ANTONIO — It's been a season of big plays for the Oklahoma State defense.

Wednesday was no different.

OSU's defense made plays when it needed to as the Cowboys earned a 36-10 Alamo Bowl win over Arizona at the Alamodome. OSU forced three first half turnovers and never really relinquished control of the game after early in the second quarter.

“It just shows the character of our defense,” OSU safety Markelle Martin said. “We're going to do whatever it takes.”

Turnovers were the story of the first half as Arizona outgained the Cowboys 209-168 in total yards but turned the ball over three times.

Martin had the defensive play of the game with a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter. Martin's interception was superb as the junior cut in front of a pass from Arizona quarterback Nick Foles.

“I didn't think about it until I was in the end zone,” Martin said. “It was like a dream, something I imagined. Just a great feeling.”

The Pokes never really looked back from that point forward.

Arizona's ball-control struggles started early with the Wildcats fumbling Dan Bailey's first punt, then OSU intercepted Foles on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter. After Martin's interception, Johnny Thomas made a red zone interception at the OSU 1-yard line.

It was the Cowboy defense that fans have come to know for 13 games. It will bend, it will give up a bunch of yards, but it will make the key plays when necessary.

OSU's 11-2 record proves it.



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