SAN ANTONIO â€” 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.
â€œIt just shows the character of our defense,â€ OSU safety Markelle Martin said. â€œWe're going to do whatever it takes.â€
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.
â€œI didn't think about it until I was in the end zone,â€ Martin said. â€œIt was like a dream, something I imagined. Just a great feeling.â€
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.