In between, Northwestern’s two-quarterback system kept the Bulldogs (8-5) off balance most of the day.
Scrambler Kain Colter ran for 71 yards, making up for his two interceptions. Backup Trevor Siemian threw for 120 yards and an interception, and also ran for a score.
Heart of Dallas Bowl: Oklahoma State 58, Purdue 14 — Clint Chelf threw three of Oklahoma State’s five touchdown passes and the Cowboys (8-5) shook off a disappointing Big 12 finish by dominating Purdue (6-7) in Dallas.
The Cowboys, a year removed from a Fiesta Bowl win that capped the best season in school history, forced five turnovers and had another short touchdown drive after a 64-yard punt return from Josh Stewart.
It was the biggest bowl win for Oklahoma State since coach Mike Gundy was the quarterback in a 62-14 rout of Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl. The Cowboys missed out on upper-tier bowls after narrow losses in their last two Big 12 games.
With former Purdue quarterbacks Drew Brees and Kyle Orton watching, Robert Mavre didn’t get to 100 yards passing until Oklahoma State led, 45-0, as the Boilermakers (6-7) fell to 0-4 on New Year’s Day.