Many were surprised when Oklahoma State, the fourth-place team in the Big 12, slipped all the way to the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which had the eighth pick among the conference's bowl-eligible teams.
As a result, the biggest story line headed into their game with a 6-6 Purdue team being lead by an interim coach was whether the Cowboys would be motivated to play on New Year's Day.
That was clearly not an issue for Oklahoma State, who were playing in front of a partisan crowd at the old Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
The Cowboys took advantage of two early Purdue turnovers to jump out to a 28-0 halftime lead before cruising to an easy 58-14 win in a game that was never competitive. For a while, it looked like Oklahoma State might break the record for largest margin of victory in a bowl game (56 points), but the Boilermakers were able to get some points on the board in the second half.
To their credit, Purdue never stopped fighting, but the talent disparity was just too much for the Boilermakers to overcome.
Box Score Hero: Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf, the Cowboys' third-stringer when the season began, was nearly perfect on New Year's Day. He completed 17-of-22 passes for 197 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Rankings Ramifications: Oklahoma State was in the others receiving votes category at the end of the regular season, and with an 8-5 record and an eye-popping margin of victory in their bowl game, the Cowboys might be able to sneak back into the top 25.
But Did They Cover? Oklahoma State was favored by 17 points and easily covered the spread.