by CFP Staff
January 1, 2013
The Heart Of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day, formerly the TicketCity Bowl, became the rout everyone expected as Oklahoma State rolled 58-14 over Purdue.
It was 28-0 at halftime and 45-0 before the Boilermakers (6-7) got on the board. Five Purdue turnovers led to 24 Oklahoma State points.
Oklahoma State entered the bowl season tied for 3rd in bowl winning percentage (minimum 20 appearances).
Purdue was playing under interim head coach Patrick Higgins, who served as Danny Hope's wide receivers coach. Hope was fired on November 25 on the heels of a 6-6 season that left his record at 22-27 in four years. His teams were just 12-19 in Big Ten games and never won more than 4 conference games in a season.
Darrell Hazell was subsequently plucked from Kent State on December 5 and will take over the program after he coaches Kent State in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on January 6. Hazell led the Golden Flashes to the MAC Championship game this season (lost 43-37 in overtime to Northern Illinois), an 11-2 overall record, an 8-0 regular season conference record, and a final No. 25 ranking in the BCS Standings after rising as high as No. 17.
The Congrove Computer Rankings projected Oklahoma State to win by 19.61 for the largest forecasted margin among all 35 bowl games. So far, this game has produced the largest rout.