Oklahoma State got a massive boost before they kicked off their Cheez-It Bowl with Miami. Senior Linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez announced that he would return for another season in 2021.
The match up itself featured the only two ranked teams squaring off outside of a New Year’s Six Bowl Game.
The Cowboys came out firing, literally. Their entire first drive, OSU passed ten times on ten plays. Spencer Sanders hit intermediate throws to Tylan Wallace, Landon Wolf, Dillon Stoner, and eventually hit Brennan Pressley on a 30 yard touchdown on 4th and six. OSU jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
The Cowboys managed to force a Miami punt and got it back. They continued to pass it at will. Finally, on the 15th play of the OSU’s night, Dezmon Jackson broke off a 29 yard run on the first true run play called for the Cowboys. A few plays later LD Brown powered in a three yard touchdown run. OSU had a 14-0 lead.
The Cowboy defense came up clutch again. Miami went for it on fourth down throwing a deep ball that was broken up by Christian Holmes. OSU took over again. The OSU pass attack was still going. On third down, Spencer Sanders connected with freshman Brennan Pressley for a 32 yard touchdown. His second of the night. The Cowboys jumping out to a 21-0 lead.
That third touchdown seemed to punch the Hurricanes in the face. D’Eriq King connected on a ten yard touchdown to Brevin Jordan to cut into the OSU lead. Cowboys up 21-7 after one.
In the second, OSU continued their fantastic play connecting on a bevy of passes yet again, but the drive ended with Brady Pohl missing a 33 yard field goal. Still 21-7 Cowboys.
In the second, D’Eriq King scampered in for a seven yard touchdown run, but it was called back because of holding. A couple of plays later, King tried to scramble for a short gain, ran into Cameron Murray, and injured his knee. In came N’Kosi Perry who couldn’t get anything going. Running back Cam Harris got hurt on the play after that. Miami would add a field goal. OSU on top 21-10.
King had to leave the game with help to the locker room.
With under two to play in the half, Miami forced the first OSU punt of the day, however, Miami muffed the kick and Thomas Harper recovered for the Cowboys. But the Pokes went three and out.
OSU led 21-10 at the break.
In the third, Miami kept creeping back in. Jose Borregales kicked a 22 yard field goal after a narrowly missed touchdown pass by Perry. 21-13 OSU was on top.
On the next OSU possession, Spencer Sanders had his hand stepped on en route to punting it back to the Hurricanes. He would stay in the game. On that Miami possession, Cam’Ron Harris broke off a 42 yard touchdown run. Miami would go for two and not get it. Cowboys held on to a 21-19 lead after 19 straight points by Miami.
The Cowboys would answer and add a Brady Pohl field goal. 24-19 Cowboys. OSU got a bit of help when Miami fumbled the ball inside their own territory. That led to a five yard touchdown from Spencer Sanders to Dillon Stoner. OSU had a 31-19 lead.
Miami would not go quietly though. N’Kosi Perry then found Brevin Jordan on a one yard touchdown pass which made it 31-26 Pokes.
OSU would march right down the field with the freshman phenom showing himself again. With Tylan Wallace out for the night, the game plan going into the Cheez-It Bowl was to only play a half, Brennan Pressley continued to shine. Sanders found him for a 16 yard touchdown. His third of the night. 37-26 Cowboys.
Miami’s turn to score and they did. Perry hit Mike Harley on a five yard touchdown strike to cut into the Cowboys lead. Miami would go for two for a second time, this time connecting on it leaving OSU with a 37-34 lead.
The Cowboys would get a stop, but have to give it back to Miami with just a couple of minutes left. It was up to the defense to make the play and they did. OSU forced three incompletions, then on fourth down tried a quick hitting play which Malcolm Rodriguez snuffed out for the turnover on downs. That would do it. Mike Gundy would get a Cheez-It bath, as OSU won 37-34.
Spencer Sanders ended up going 27-40, 305 yards, 4 TD’s and no interceptions. Freshman stud Brennan Pressley finished with six grabs for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Dillon Stoner caught a TD in his final performance with the Cowboys.