Oklahoma State football: Five takeaways from Cowboys' 37-34 win over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. — Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez had a fist in the air before his body had even come to a stop during the game-clinching fourth-down tackle.
Then he hopped to his feet with a scream.
Bigger celebrations were to come after No. 21 OSU’s 37-34 victory over No. 18 Miami on Tuesday night in the Cheez-It Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
The Cowboy defense came up with two big stops to seal the victory, but the show belonged to true freshman receiver Brennan Presley.
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The rookie from Bixby entered the game with one reception on the season, but had six catches for 118 yards and, most importantly, three touchdowns — including the deciding score.
His receiving yardage and touchdown totals were OSU freshman records for a bowl game.
Here are four more takeaways from the Cheez-It Bowl:
Tylan Wallace goes over 200 catches for career, sits out second half
On OSU’s first offensive snap of the game, Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders completed a pass to Tylan Wallace, giving the senior receiver his 200th career reception — and becoming the fifth player in Cowboy history to reach the mark.
Wallace finished with six receptions for 45 yards, not playing after halftime for what was described by the ESPN broadcast team as a “player’s decision.”
The OSU radio broadcast reported that Wallace and coach Mike Gundy came to the agreement in the days leading up to the game that Wallace would only play the first half.
Wallace finishes his career behind Rashaun Woods (293 receptions), Justin Blackmon (253), James Washington (226) and Hart Lee Kykes (224).
Wallace also finished his career with 3,434 receiving yards, also fifth-most in OSU history.
Miami QB King injures knee in second quarter
Already trailing 21-7 in the second quarter, the Miami offense took a hit when quarterback D’Eriq King suffered a right knee injury. He got hurt only moments after rushing for a touchdown that was negated by a holding penalty.
King’s right knee appeared to buckle just before he was tackled by OSU’s Tre Sterling. King immediately grasped his right knee and rolled on the ground in pain. He was helped slowly to the locker room just before halftime and did not return.
To that point, King had completed 10 of 13 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, to go with 18 rushing yards.
N’Kosi Perry replaced him and finished 19-of-34 for 228 yards and two touchdowns, rallying the Hurricanes to within a score in the final minutes.
Cowboys start fast through air
Lots of pregame talk was about Oklahoma State’s potential to run the ball against a Miami defense that had allowed 562 rushing yards to North Carolina in its previous game.
But the Cowboys came out throwing.
OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders threw the ball on all 10 plays of the first drive, ending with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brennan Presley on fourth-and-6.
OSU called pass plays on six of the next nine plays on another scoring drive. Of those 16 called passes, Sanders completed 12, drew pass interference on one and scrambled for a 7-yard gain on another, with only two incompletions.
Hunter Anthony get number change, extra work
Against Baylor on Dec. 12, backup offensive tackle Hunter Anthony got into the game as a sixth offensive lineman as part of power run game packages.
For the bowl game, the redshirt sophomore from Tuttle was used in similar situations, but this time it came with a number change.
Usually wearing jersey No. 77, Anthony wore No. 85 on Tuesday, perhaps to disguise him as a tight end, rather than a sixth offensive lineman in the formation.
Later in the game, he switched back to No. 77 when he had to briefly replace Josh Sills, who missed a couple plays with an injury.