Monday, January 2, 2017

Bilo's Quick Alamo Bowl Recap

Oklahoma State 38, Colorado 8

I had warned all week against a Colorado letdown entering the Alamo Bowl, as many believed that the Buffalos deserved a shot at the Rose Bowl with Washington in the national semi-final. Add to that issue that Jim Leavitt bolted for Oregon (stupid move on his part), and there was a recipe for disaster brewing.
OSU blew out to a 31-0 lead in the 3rd quarter, and Colorado virtually never got off the bus in the loss.
Oklahoma State rolled up their second straight 10 win season, while Colorado fell short of their first 11 win season since 1994.
Mason Rudolph passed for 314 yards and 3 scores, after announcing that he and James Washington would return in 2017 earlier in the week. It was the 8th time in 9 games that Rudolph did not throw a pick in a game. Washington caught 9 passes for 171 yards and a score, making this duo perhaps the best pass/catch combo in the nation returning for 2017.
Oklahoma State is now 20-26-1 all-time against Colorado with the win. The Cowboys are now 7-4 in bowls under Mike Gundy, and are 17-10 in bowls all-time. Colorado is 12-17 all-time in bowls, and are 1-5 in their last 6.
Sefu Liufau finished completing 18/29 passes for 195 yards, but was injured for part of the game.
Colorado's last bowl appearance was the 2007 Independence Bowl.
Justice Hill rushed for 100 yards and a score on 19 carries, and added a score for the Cowboys.
Phillip Lindsey finished with 166 total yards for Colorado.

2017 Openers: Colorado vs. Colorado State @ Denver (9/2); Tulsa at Oklahoma State (9/2)

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