By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On December 29, 2016 at 7:26 pm EST
On Thursday night, #12 Oklahoma State Cowboys faces #10 Colorado Buffaloes in the Valero Alamo Bowl in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be on ESPN at 9 pm EST.
The Cowboys are 9-3, while the Buffaloes are 10-3. Oklahoma State is 3-2 on the road, while Colorado is 3-3.
These two teams haven’t faces each other since Nov. 19, 2009 when Oklahoma State won 31-28. The Cowboys won the previous two meetings.
Colorado hasn’t defeated Oklahoma State since Oct. 1, 2005 when they won 34-0.
In the past 10 meetings between these two teams, dating back to Nov. 5, 1994, Colorado won six times. Besides the past two wins by Oklahoma State, they also won 42-14 on Oct. 9, 2004 and 33-29 on Oct. 11, 1997.
Prior to the 2011 season when the Buffaloes moves to the Pac-12 Conference, these two teams faced each other 46 times from 1920 to 2009. Colorado had the advantage in those games 26-19-1.
However, Oklahoma State won three of the last four meetings.
“Our guys have seen Oklahoma State and they realize how good they are, so that motivates them a lot, too,” Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “I’ve told all our guys, ‘You have to compartmentalize.’ They have to really understand that and take care of that. I think they will. They’re excited.”
Colorado is looking to cap off their first winning season since 2005 with a bowl win. They haven’t won a bowl game since the 2004 Houston Bowl.
“We’re excited about Colorado going to their first bowl game in 10 years,” MacIntyre said. “It’s a chance for us to get the monkey off our back for the bowl games and it’s a lot of fun. Our kids will be excited about it. It’s going to be a heck of a football game with a great atmosphere.”
Colorado is 12-16 in their previous 28 bowls. It is their first bowl game since the 2005 Independence Bowl when they faces the Alabama Crimson Tide.
They lost their previous two bowl games. In the 2004 Houston Bowl, they defeated the UTEP Miners 33-28.
Oklahoma State is 16-9 in their previous 26 bowl games. They lost last year’s Sugar Bowl game to the Ole Miss Rebels.
The Cowboys haven’t won a bowl game since 2014 when they defeated the Washington Huskies 30-22 in the 2015 TicketCity Cactus Bowl.
Oklahoma State lost its previous game with the Oklahoma Sooners in the defacto Big 12 Conference Championship game. They haven’t won a game since Nov. 19 when they defeated the TCU Horned Frogs 31-6.
“We want to win them all,” Oklahoma State head coach Mike Riley said at the bowl news conference. “But I get over the games really fast because I believe if we think one second about the past, that keeps us from thinking about being positive in the future, then that’s one second that doesn’t give us an opportunity to be successful the next day.”
Colorado also lost its previous game, as they lost in the Pac-12 Conference Championship game to the Washington Huskies (41-10). They haven’t won since Nov. 26 when they won 27-22 over the Utah Utes.
Mason Rudolph leads the Cowboys attack with 3,777 passing yards. He has 25 touchdown passes and four interceptions.
Justice Hill has 1,042 rushing yards and five touchdowns. James Washington has 1,209 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
“I like our attitude,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “Both teams played in their conference championship game, and I’m sure they wanted to win just as much as we did. You go through a week or so after you lose to get the guys back up and going.
“Our first couple of practices were pretty average, but since that point the leadership and the chemistry of the team has taken over and we’ve been tremendous.”
Sefo Liufau leads the Buffaloes attack with 2,171 passing yards. He has 11 touchdown passes and six interceptions.
Phillip Lindsey has 1,189 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Shay Fields has 845 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
“Colorado has a wide variety of skill players, and those guys are what makes their team go,” Cowboys corner back Ramon Richards said. “They kind of remind me of what Baylor had a couple years ago. The quarterback gets the wheels turning. Those are the type of teams I like to play against — the type of challenge I like.”
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