January 1, 2013

Cowboys win third-straight bowl game with win over Purdue

The train finally pulled to a stop for starting quarterback Clint Chelf on Tuesday afternoon, and his arrival at the station couldn't have gone any better.

He hung out in the pocket all day with hardly any pressure, picking apart the Purdue Boilermaker defense and eventually leading his team to a 58-14 victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

Chelf threw for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day, which was enough to grab the game's MVP award, and capped off one of the weirdest seasons college football has ever seen.

Because of injuries, Chelf went from the third-string guy for the Pokes at the beginning of the year, all the way to being thrust into the spotlight against the eventual conference champions Kansas State.

With the fan support behind him, he worked his magic and not only saved what probably should have been a bad season, but got Oklahoma State its 15th bowl win in school history.

Chelf's success came against a Purdue defense that was obviously focused on stopping OSU running back Joseph Randle, and their approach paid off as he was limited to just 66 yards on the day.

The Boilermakers probably weren't expecting the passing explosion, though, as five different Cowboys caught touchdowns.

It all started with a Chelf pass to wide out Charlie Moore at the 8-minute mark of the first quarter, and was soon followed by another pass to Blake Jackson. Jeremy Seaton, Isaiah Anderson and Blake Webb would also haul in scores.

All this came in a game when OSU had coach Mike Gundy calling the offensive plays, as their former coordinator Todd Monken jumped ship for the Southern Mississippi job after the regular season concluded.

OSU's win moves their all-time bowl record to 15-8 and extends their current bowl winning-streak to three in a row.

Be sure to follow along at O-State Illustrated, as this is just the beginning of our end-of-season coverage for Oklahoma State football.

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