Gundy's challenge pays off
Indiana was already in trouble, trailing 21-3 early in the second quarter, when a TV review removed any drama.
It appeared Indiana converted a third-and-17 with a 17-yard pass. OSU coach Mike Gundy
challenged the spot.
After further review, officials moved the ball back one yard to make it fourth-and-1 at the OSU 43-yard line. When Kellen Lewis'
pass fell incomplete, the Cowboys took over on downs. They marched 57 yards to turn it into a 28-3 romp.
•Bradford on the move?:
OSU linebackers coach Todd Bradford
will speak with new Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora
about joining his staff in Hattiesburg, Miss.
However, Bradford said after the game he probably won't know his future for another week.
Fedora left Stillwater for Southern Miss three weeks ago. Since then, speculation has centered on Bradford and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer
possibly leaving with him. Brewer said last week he would remain with OSU.
OSU constantly shuffled its defensive lineup the final month due to injuries and suspensions. In the Insight Bowl, cornerback Terrance Anderson
made his first career start. Andre Sexton moved back to safety. The linebackers were Jeremy Nethon
, Donovan Woods
and Patrick Lavine
Cornerback Perrish Cox
started seven consecutive games late in the season but didn't enter the game until late first quarter. Martel Van Zant
is out with torn ankle ligaments. Linebacker Chris Collins
and defensive back Calvin Mickens
were dismissed from the team late in the season.
Cowboy tailback Dantrell Savage
rushed 23 times for 100 yards and a score Monday. It was the tenth-straight time the senior JUCO transfer from Georgia had eclipsed the century mark.
With the performance, Savage joined impressive company. Only Barry Sanders
and Terry Miller
have had longer strings of 100-yard games. Sanders won the Heisman Trophy and Miller was runner-up.
Indiana received a scare late in the first quarter when standout cornerback Tracy Porter
was helped off the field by Hoosier medical staff.
Porter was reported to have suffered a concussion, but returned early in the second quarter to break up a Zac Robinson
pass — he remained on the field the rest of the game.
A projected NFL first-rounder according to Mel Kiper Jr.