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Oklahoma State suffered a letdown by losing its last two games of the season, but will need to snap out of it to avoid giving Purdue a chance to win the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
The Purdue Boilermakers and Oklahoma State Cowboys will meet in the 2013 Heart of Dallas Bowl, which will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
While Oklahoma State fans were initially discouraged about the team's bowl destination, they have recently become appreciative of the invite and are generally looking forward to the game, writes Robert Whetsell of Cowboys Ride For Free. Still, a Cowboys loss would be disastrous, as the Pokes are big favorites over the 6-6 Boilermakers and shouldn't have much trouble.
On the other side, the Boilermakers' offense will have to be clicking on all cylinders behind quarterback Robert Marve for Purdue to have any chance to win, writes Hammer and Rails. The unit had some struggles in the middle part of the season, but picked up the pace down the stretch, scoring more than 30 points per game in their last three contests with now-interim head coach Patrick Higgins calling the plays.
Oklahoma State features two explosive playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. Running back Joseph Randle rushed for 1,351 yards and 14 touchdowns during the regular season, and wide receiver Josh Stewart accounted for 1,154 yards and seven scores through the air.
Purdue is led by Marve, who threw for 1,522 yards and 13 touchdowns in part-time duty. Running back Akeem Shavers led the team in rushing, gaining 778 yards on the ground while finding the end zone on six occasions.
Game date and time
Jan. 1, 11 a.m. CT
Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Oklahoma State favored by 17 points.
Last year’s game
The Houston Cougars beat the Penn State Nittany Lions, 30-14, on Jan. 2, 2012.
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