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Playing in a virtual home game at the old Cotton Bowl, the Cowboys raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead over the Boilermakers.
Even though Oklahoma State won only one more game in 2012 than Purdue, the Heart of Dallas Bowl was expected to be one of the more one-sided games of the bowl season.
That's been the case through the first half in Dallas, as the Cowboys are up 28-0 headed into halftime. The total yards battle is nearly even, but the Boilermakers dug themselves a huge hole thanks to a number of early mistakes.
Two Purdue turnovers and a missed field goal gave Oklahoma State a short field three times and the Cowboys wasted little time turning those miscues into points.
Oklahoma State QB Clint Chelf has been nearly perfect, completing 13/17 passes for 123 yards and 2 TDs.
Most of Purdue's offensive success has come on the ground, with Akeem Shavers rushing for 69 yards on 7 carries. If they were going to have any chance of winning on New Year's Day, they were going to have to play from ahead and use their ground game to keep Oklahoma State's explosive offense off the field.
The Boilermakers don't look capable of playing from behind, which could make the second half a fitting end of a season for a 6-6 team that fired its head coach after the regular season.