They're Cowboys and they're winners of the Insight Bowl
TEMPE, Ariz. -- For all Oklahoma State has experienced this year - an upset loss to Troy, a press conference tirade for the ages and another heartbreaking loss to Texas - it can take solace in how it ended.
The Cowboys (7-6) handedly defeated the Indiana Hooisers (7-6), 49-33, on the final of day 2007 in the Insight Bowl.
OSU quarterback Zac Robinson was the star of the show, racking up a combined 372 yards and five touchdowns through the air and on the ground. He had support from running back Dantrell Savage - 23 carries for 100 yards and a touchdown - and wide receiver Dez Bryant, who had nine catches for 117 yards and two scores.
Equally impressive was the Cowboys' defense, which held in check Indiana's duel threat quarterback, Kellen Lewis. Lewis had a pedestrian performance in the Hoosiers' first bowl game since 1993, completing 22-of-43 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns while running for 83 yards and a score.
Most of Lewis' running, however, was not by design but rather because of pressure applied by the OSU defense.
The Cowboys held Indiana to just 10 first-half points by giving the Hoosiers little room to breathe.
"Offensively, we didn't get into any kind of flow," Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. The Hoosier defense didn't fare any better, having no answer for OSU's offense.
Indiana scored the first points of the game, finishing a 52 yard drive with a 43 yard Austin Starr field goal, but the game would slip away before the Hoosiers scored again.
The Cowboys went on to unleash a 28-point outburst from their first drive of the game and moved the ball at will throughout, despite the recent depature of offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, who became the head coach at Southern Mississippi.
"The offensive staff just spreaded (the duties) out," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "They did a nice job of picking up the slack and put together a good game plan."
Gundy said the focus of the Cowboys' strategy was to out run the Hoosiers.
"We felt like that we would be faster than them in space," Gundy said, "and it would be difficult for them to tackle us if we just got our guys out in space so that was our game plan."
Player of the Game: Zac Robinson. Put is this way: if Dennis Dixon can become a national star and Tim Tebow can win the Heisman Trophy, be prepared to hear a lot about Robinson in the coming years. With two years still ahead of him, Robinson could lift Oklahoma State in the national spotlight and steal headlines from Oklahoma's Sam Bradford and Texas' Colt McCoy.
Play of the Game: Nevermind a singe play. The deciding factor in this game was the Cowboys' opening drive. Sixty-seven yards in six plays and about two minutes capped by a 3-yard run from running back Dantrell Savage set a tone not only for the OSU offense but the entire game. From that point on Indiana didn't stand a chance.