2013 Heart of Dallas - Ok State 58, Purdue 14

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Posted Jan 1, 2013


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2013 Heart of Dallas

Ok State 58, Purdue 14

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National Rankings
O P
5th Total Offense 58th
81st Total Defense 70th
4th Scoring Offense 58th
72nd Scoring Defense 71st
22nd Rushing Offense 59th
36th Run Defense 79th
7th Passing Offense 54th
112th Passing Defense 50th
86th Turnover Margin 48th
Position Rankings
relative to each other
5 Highest - 1 Lowest
O   P
4 Quarterbacks 3
3.5 RBs 3
5 Receivers 3
4.5 O Line 3
3 D Line 3.5
3 Linebackers 3
2 Secondary 3.5
4.5 Spec Teams 3
4 Coaching 2
(AP) DALLAS -- So much for the idea that Oklahoma State didn't care about playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Clint Chelf threw three of his team's five touchdown passes and the Cowboys shook off a tough Big 12 finish by rolling up 524 yards and forcing five Purdue turnovers in a dominating 58-14 victory on Tuesday.

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, sure didn't seem to lack motivation. They put together the biggest bowl win for Oklahoma State 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 a long punt return from Josh Stewart 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.

Lowe's score was the third fumble return for a touchdown at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium dating to the namesake bowl game that started in 1937 and moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009.

Oklahoma State's 58 points were the most in a bowl game at the Fair Park stadium, topping the 55 scored by Keyshawn Johnson and Southern California against Texas Tech in 1995.

The Cowboys pushed the lead to 45-0 on Chelf's third touchdown pass, a leaping 37-yard grab in the end zone by Isaiah Anderson, who had 78 yards receiving.

Higgins might have unintentionally awakened the Cowboys soon after the late-morning kickoff on a cold, overcast day when he called for a fake punt from Purdue's 13 on its first possession.

The Boilermakers got a first down when punter Cody Webster ran 16 yards, but he ended up punting anyway five plays later, and Josh Stewart returned it 64 yards to the Purdue 19 to set up Oklahoma State's first score on a 4-yard pass from Chelf to Charlie Moore. Marve threw his first interception on the next possession, and a 26-yard drive ended with Chelf's 7-yard pass to Blake Jackson.

"When they faked that punt on their own 13, they certainly got our attention they'd be willing to do anything," Gundy said.

J.W. Walsh had two touchdown passes for Oklahoma State after replacing Chelf in the third quarter, and freshman Wes Lunt, who won the quarterback job in summer workouts before getting hurt during the season, played the last half of the fourth.

Purdue finally scored late in the third quarter when Marve found a wide open Brandon Cottom for a 32-yard touchdown. Marve finished 21 of 34 for 212 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions, but was just 11 of 20 for 80 yards before the first scoring drive.

Down 14-0, the Boilermakers had their best chance to score in the first quarter when Akeem Shavers, who had 93 yards rushing, ran 24 yards to the Oklahoma State 23. Shamiel Gary, who earlier intercepted Marve on a tipped pass, made a strong tackle in the open field on third down, and Sam McCartney missed a 34-yard field goal.

The Cowboys then went 80 yards the other way, sparked by a 26-yard completion to Jackson. Oklahoma State scored on fourth-and-1 when Walsh, the short-yardage specialist, replaced Chelf and threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Jeremy Seaton.

Trailing 21-0, the Boilermakers were in scoring range again when Marve threw high on fourth-and-2 to an open Kurt Freytag, who got a hand on the ball but couldn't make a juggling catch.

Purdue (6-6) vs. Oklahoma State (7-5)
Jan. 1, 12:00, ESPNU

Here’s The Deal … Call this the Motivation Bowl. Purdue is happy to be in a bowl game after winning three straight to get eligible, but does Oklahoma State have the fire?

This is a young, emerging Cowboy team in the midst of a reloading project, but it’s also a team that was a whim away from playing LSU for the national championship last season. The bar has been set much, much higher now, and after starting out the season 7-3 with the hopes of getting one of the Big 12’s bigger bowl games, OSU lost in heartbreaking fashion in close battles with Oklahoma and Baylor to get stuck in this game that could quickly get lost in the glut of New Year’s Day bowls.

If everyone has the same fire, and if everyone is playing up to the capabilities, Oklahoma State should win this game in a walk, but one team’s garbage is another team’s treasure. While the Cowboys might have to fight to gear up for a mediocre Big Ten squad, Purdue it playing in its strongest bowl since getting blown out by Maryland in the 2006 Champs Sports.

The Boilermakers won the 2007 Motor City over Central Michigan and came up with a thrilling victory over Western Michigan last year in the Little Caesars – the Motor City by another name – and now they get a chance to put a stamp on a strange and disappointing year by coming up with a shocker over a brand name team. This isn’t some MAC team Purdue is dealing with; finishing 7-6 with a win over Oklahoma State would be a tremendous reward for team that has gone through a slew of major injury issues and a coaching change.

Danny Hope went through the rough times, but he got his team to rise up to beat Iowa and Illinois on the road and Indiana at home to get to six wins, and he was canned. Kent State’s Darrell Hazell is on the way, but for now it’ll be up to wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins to get the win for the program’s second winning season since 2007. The Boilermakers don’t have a high-powered offense or a nasty defense, but they were good enough to give Notre Dame a nightmare of a time in a 20-17 loss and lost to Ohio State in an overtime miracle. The potential is there to rise up and shine.

Oklahoma State was its typical high-powered self on offense, but the defense failed in the bigger games and struggled way too much against the pass. The O will work, but can it be crisp after the time off? Can Purdue’s fire be enough to overcome the talent gap? It’ll take some work to get on the map with the Gator (Mississippi State and Northwestern), Outback (South Carolina and Michigan) and Capital One (Nebraska and Georgia) going on at the same time, but the potential is there for a fun shootout.

Players to Watch: And Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback will be … ? Freshman Wes Lunt got the start this season, but he got hurt and wasn’t able to get back into the mix. He’s considered the star of the future with excellent decision-making ability and great passing skills, but he’ll have to wait. Fellow freshman J.W. Walsh is the team’s leading passer with 1,478 with 11 touchdowns and three picks, but he’s out for the year with a knee injury. That means it’s up to junior Clint Chelf, a pure backup who grew into the role over the second half of the season throwing four touchdown passes in the win over West Virginia and three against Texas tech. While interceptions are an issue with six in the last five games, and he’s more of a runner than a bomber, this will be his offense to run in the big game.

Purdue has a quarterback carousel of its own. Caleb TerBush and Rob Henry got their chances this year, but when push came to shove, it was Robert Marve who’s closing out his wild and crazy career with a bang, playing on horrible knees and leading the team late including a 348-yard, four score day against Indiana to get to the bowl. The one-time super-recruit for Miami has had a slew of knee issues on the field, and problems off of it early on, but he got his game together and played through the pain to finish the year with 13 touchdown passes and just three picks, with one in the final five games. While he’s not going to run for anything, he’ll do whatever it takes to make a play.

While the Cowboy offense works around the passing game, junior running back Joseph Randle has been the steadying force through all of the team’s quarterback issues. With 1,351 yards, he came up with an even stronger season than is 1,216-yard 2011 campaign, but he ran for 14 touchdowns after scoring 24 on the ground last year. Very quick and very durable, he can be fed the ball 25 times or more without a problem, and he can also be used as a dangerous receiver out of the backfield. After running for just 23 yards and a score on ten carries against Stanford in the Fiesta, he should come out roaring against the mediocre Purdue run defense.

Purdue will win if … the defensive tackles control the game. Kawann Short might be the best player on either side, and Bruce Gaston is one of the Big Ten’s best interior linemen. It didn’t matter much at times for a Purdue defense that was gouged way too often on the ground, but these two have the ability to clog up the middle and get into the backfield. The Oklahoma State offensive line is a strength and doesn’t give up many sacks, but Short and Gaston have to control the game from the start to keep Randle from establishing himself up the middle.

Offensively, the passing game has to get hot right away and keep pressing. Big passing days by the opponent haven’t translated into losses for OSU, but with the way West Virginia’s Geno Smith and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones were able to fire away at will, and with the defense giving up 200 yards or more through the air against everyone but Savannah State, the Boilermakers have to get fat on the bad pass defense. Purdue likes to run a slew of short passes to get the speedy playmakers on the move, but in this game, taking some shots down the field would be a great idea.

Oklahoma State will win if … it gives up fewer than 41 points. On the year, the Cowboys are 0-5 when allowing 41 or more and 7-0 when giving up fewer. Purdue is averaging just under 30 points per game, but it’s 4-0 when scoring more than 28 points. It’s actually worse than that for the Boilermaker offense that’s feast or famine, failing to score more than 28 points against anyone but Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Marshall and Indiana. This isn’t a high-powered offense that can hang around with Oklahoma State in a shootout – the Cowboys have failed to score 30 points just one time al year in a 20-14 win over Kansas.

Basically, Oklahoma State has to come out with an attitude that it wants to make a statement. As long as the Cowboys don’t make a slew of big mistakes, they should win. Purdue is decent in turnover margin with 25 takeaways on the year, but OSU has had a few problems with picks going 0-3 when throwing two or more.

What Will Happen: Purdue will bring the intensity early on and Oklahoma State will be a bit disjointed and off, and then reality and the Cowboy offense will kick in. The Boilermaker offensive line will struggle against the quick and athletic OSU front, but the key will be the ability of the Cowboys to balance out the attack and do whatever it wants as the game goes on. Purdue won’t be able to keep up the pace.

CFN Prediction: Oklahoma State 41 … Purdue 20
ATS Consultants Line (Click for more lines and picks) Oklahoma State -17 O/U: 70.5

Heart of Dallas Bowl History
2013 Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14
2012 Houston 30, Penn State 14
2011 Texas Tech 45, Northwestern 38