#12 Oklahoma State takes down #10 Buffs
BOX SCORE: 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH FINAL
#12 Oklahoma St. 3 14 14 7 38
#10 Colorado 0 0 0 8 8
In its highest ranked matchup to date, the Valero Alamo Bowl hosted its third
straight Top 15 matchup between the #10 Colorado Buffs versus the #12
Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Oklahoma State took an early lead that it would not relinquish with a Ben Grogan
field goal in the first quarter. The Cowboys scored the first 31 points of the game as
Quarterback Mason Rudolph connected with receiver James Washington nine
times for 171 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph finished his noteworthy Valero
Alamo Bowl performance with a 314-yard, three touchdowns-showing against
Colorado. Rudolph was the ninth player to pass for 300 yards and the seventh
to pass for at least three touchdowns in Bowl history.
Oklahoma State did much of their damage offensively through the air but the
ground game was still a factor for the Cowboys as they rushed for 189 yards.
Cowboys freshman tailback Justice Hill carried 19 times for 100 yards and a TD,
and Chris Carson ran 11 times for 61 yards and scored once.
In the Buffs’ first Bowl appearance since 2007, Colorado struggled from the
start offensively, temporarily losing starting quarterback Sefo Liufau in the second
quarter, who was then replaced by freshman Steven Montez. Liufau returned
late in the third quarter with the Buffs trailing 24-0 but the offense remained
ineffective. He completed 17-of-27 passes for 190 yards, while Montez finished
4-of-9 for 61 and one interception.
The Cowboys were a powerhouse on defense, holding Colorado to 318 yards
of total offense and junior running back Phillip Lindsay to just 63 total rushing
yards. Colorado scored their only touchdown of the game in the final quarter on
a Liufau six-yard run.
Oklahoma State’s 38-8 victory in the 2016 Valero Alamo was the third largest
margin of victory in Valero Alamo Bowl history. This was also the Cowboys’ fourth
visit, and second victory, with the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Rudolph, Mason 1: Mason
Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma St., 2016
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