How could the Alamo Bowl go down with Oklahoma State and Colorado playing?
On Thursday night, the Alamo Bowl would take place between No. 12 Oklahoma State and No. 10 Colorado. Each team had successful seasons in their respective conferences, but were on the outside looking in from the New Year’s Six games. Would there be enough to motivate either school?
The first quarter of the game stayed mostly quiet with Oklahoma State scoring off a field goal to up go, 3-0. Quarterback Mason Rudolph began the game strong by going five for five on passing attempts for 66 yards, 48 of which went to James Washington.
The second quarter would see things heat up, mostly for the Cowboys. Rudolph threw his first touchdown pass of the game to Washington, who had 95 yards through most of this period. Chris Carson then ran in the ball for the team’s second score of the game to go up on Colorado, 17-0.
In the meantime, the Buffaloes didn’t garner much offense. Sefo Liufau started the game six for 10 from the field for 53 yards, but then went down with an injury, likely ending his college career. Steven Montez then came in and threw an interception shortly thereafter to Ashton Lampkin.
To begin the third quarter, Oklahoma State drove down the field and deep into Colorado territory. However, they came up with nothing as kicker Ben Grogan missed a 25-yard chip shot.
This wouldn’t matter much, as Rudolph and the offense went into Colorado territory again. Blake Jarwin then caught a six-yard pass for a touchdown to make it 24-0. Another touchdown to Jhajuan Seales pushed this to 31-0.
Sefo Liufau would return for Colorado in the third quarter with nothing to play for but pride. They got the ball inside the 10 via two big passes to Phillip Lindsey. However, the ball would get turned over on downs.
Well, with just five-and-a-half minutes left in the game, Colorado finally got on the board. Liufau ran in the ball for a score to make it, 31-6. A two-point conversion gave Mike MacIntyre’s team a total of eight. This only led to yet another Oklahoma State touchdown to make it 38-8, which would be the final score.
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State – Rudolph threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns in the dominating win.
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State – Hill tallied an even 100 yards and a touchdown to lead the running backs.
James Washington, Oklahoma State – To cap off the trio of Cowboy performers, Washington put up 171 receiving yards on nine catches for one touchdown.
Next season, Colorado will begin the year at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO against Colorado State. This game will take place on Saturday, September 2. On that same day, Oklahoma State will also begin their season with a home game against Tulsa.