Tampa Bay Sports Day

BOWLS: Cowboys Corral Hokies 30-21 in Camping World Bowl

ORLANDO – With a 30-21 win over Virgina Tech in the Camping World Bowl Oklahoma State captured three-straight 10-win seasons to mark the longest streak in school history

OSU QB Mason Rudolph finished the day with 351 passing yards to bring his season total to 4,904 to set a school record. The old mark of 4,727 was set by Brandon Weeden in 2011. Rudolph led the nation in passing yards this season.

“I thought the offensive line, Justice Hill, did a great job there to ice the game. Kind of that four-minute drill where you’re trying to run the clock out and kind of eliminate their time outs, and Justice did an unbelievable job of making sure he was patient in finding the hole and, you know, making them kind of lose all their time outs,” Rudolph said.

Hill finished with 120 rushing yards on the day to bring his season total 1,467.

Matt Ammendola was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts for the Cowboys.  The Hokies held Oklahoma State to 13 first half points, which is tied for their second-lowest point total in a first stanza this season.

“You know, we had a plan and we executed it well at times. You know, my initial thoughts on the game are I don’t really remember Oklahoma State making very many, if any mistakes, and we made you know, a handful, just enough to kind of keep us from pulling the thing off,” noted Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuentes.

Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson rushed for two TDs, a career high.  Eric Kumah’s  9-yard TD catch  was the second of the season and his career.

“Defensively, we gave up a lot of rushing yards, but we were able to make some stops and force some turnovers,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “And for Oklahoma State, really, in the end, that’s what it comes down to. We’re explosive on offense. We need to average over seven yards a snap, and we have to force turnovers.

CAMPING WORLD BOWL NOTES:  The OSU defensive linemen recorded three tackles for loss to
bring their season total to 54…The Cowboys scored a field goal on their opening drive of the game. It was just the third time this season a Virginia Tech opponent scored on a game-opening drive and the first since Clemson scored a field goal in game five….The Hokies set a new program bowl record with 92 offensive plays, breaking the previous best of 90 set in the 1986 Peach Bowl vs. NC State.