by CFP Staff
December 30, 2010
Oklahoma State strolled to a 36-10 win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night in San Antonio. CFP All-American WR Justin Blackmon had 9 catches for 117 yards and 2 TD's for the Cowboys who put together an 11-win season (11-2) for the first time in school history. Oklahoma State improved their all-time bowl record to 13-8 while the Wildcats dropped 6-9-1.
The 10 points scored by Arizona were the fewest allowed by Oklahoma State this season, though it held five other teams to between 14 and 17 points.
Arizona QB Nick Foles was intercepted three times, the first of which was returned 61 yards for a touchdown to stretch Oklahoma State's lead to 23-7 in the 2nd quarter. A fumbled punt return set up the Cowboys' first score on the opening drive of the game.
Blackmon set an NCAA record with his 12th consecutive game of at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Now, the Cowboys lose offensive Dana Holgorsen who will operate in that capacity with West Virginia next season before ascending to head coach in 2012. Oklahoma State has been known for its offense for quite some time under head coach Mike Gundy, but Holgorsen somehow managed to take it to an even higher level of performance. The Cowboys led the nation in total offense heading into the 2010 bowl season.
Prior to his one-year stop in Stillwater, Holgorsen worked his offensive magic at Houston where that team led the nation in total offense in 2009 and finished 2nd in 2008. From 2005 to 2007, he led Texas Tech to total offense rankings of 2nd in '07, 6th in '06 and 4th in '05. In his past six seasons at those schools, his passing offenses were ranked No. 1 in three seasons, No. 2 twice, and No. 3 once.
Arizona ended a 7-6 campaign on a 5-game losing streak after beginning the season 4-0. The Wildcats were 7-1 at the end of October. Combined with last year's 33-0 Holiday Bowl loss to Nebraska, the Wildcats have lost consecutive bowls to Big 12 schools by a cumulative score of 69-10.
Oklahoma State finished the regular season tied for the Big 12 Conference South Division title, but lost in a tie-breaker to Oklahoma for a spot in the conference title game.
This game was Oklahoma State’s third appearance in the Alamo Bowl and it's first win. It was Arizona's first Alamo Bowl invitation.
The teams had not met since 1942 and the Cowboys now lead the series 4-3. They will meet again - very soon. A home-and-home series begins September 10, 2011 at Oklahoma State and the Cowboys will return the favor by trekking to Arizona in 2012.