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VALERO ALAMO BOWL

Final

(13) Oklahoma State 36

(11-2, 6-2 Big 12)

Arizona 10

(7-6, 4-5 Pac-12)

Coverage: ESPN

9:15 PM ET, December 29, 2010

Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

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#13OKST 17 6 10 336
ARIZ 7 0 3 010

Top Performers

Passing: B. Weeden (OKST) - 240 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: N. Grigsby (ARIZ) - 16 CAR, 59 YDS

Receiving: J. Blackmon (OKST) - 9 REC, 117 YDS, 2 TD

Justin Blackmon helps Cowboys win school-record 11th game of season

Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Justin Blackmon could've strolled into the end zone. But the Oklahoma State star instead turned left and trotted along the goal line until he almost reached the sideline, finally forced to make the touchdown official.

Maybe he was taking it all in. Because the nation's top receiver might not be back.

Blackmon caught two touchdowns, including his 71-yard strike that he savored long as possible before scoring, and Oklahoma State (No. 14 BCS, No. 16 AP) finished its first 11-win season with a 36-10 victory over Arizona in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Wednesday night.

"I just wanted to have a little fun," Blackmon said of taking the long way to the end zone.

The fun didn't stop there.

Blackmon, the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver, later set an NCAA record with his 12th straight game with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. The sophomore caught nine passes for 117 yards in perhaps his last college game.

He's a projected high NFL pick who's already won Big 12 offensive player of the year and surpassed former Pitt star Larry Fitzgerald for most receiving yards by a sophomore.

So what's left to accomplish?

"No one knows," said Blackmon about whether he'll come back to Oklahoma State. "We just have to see. We'll have to figure it out."

Brandon Weeden was 25 of 41 for 240 yards for Oklahoma State (11-2) in the final game plan for Cowboys offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, who is leaving to become the coach-in-waiting at West Virginia.

Oklahoma State, which led the nation in total offense, won its first bowl game in three tries and scored at least 33 points for the 11th time this season.

Arizona (7-6) ended the year with five straight losses. Coach Mike Stoops said he'll enter the offseason taking a hard look at his program, which fell shy of the 8 wins it posted in the previous two seasons.

"We'll have to re-evaluate a lot of things," Stoops said.

This last, lopsided defeat made Arizona's 7-1 record and No. 13 ranking in November seem like that was much longer ago. Nick Foles completed 32 of 50 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, but he threw three interceptions, including one returned by Markelle Martin for a 62-yard score.

The Wildcats had their chances early. But six possessions inside Oklahoma State territory in the first half resulted in just one touchdown.

"It's time to move forward," Foles said of the five straight losses. "We can't keep thinking about it."

Oklahoma State now awaits whether this was a farewell victory lap for its biggest stars.

Weeden and Blackmon are both projected NFL draft picks if they leave early. Blackmon seems poised to follow former teammate Dez Bryant as a first-rounder, and may have little incentive to return after being chosen as the Big 12 offensive player of the year. Both players say Holgorsen's departure won't influence their decision.

"I think they both need to come back," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. "Both of them can mature. I know they can develop."

Holgorsen won't be back, but he helped give his duo another big night.

After Arizona couldn't convert a fourth down at the Cowboys' 29-yard line on its opening possession, Weeden found Blackmon practically uncovered down the sideline. Weeden said Blackmon, a little frustrated with the lack of throws his way, told him to throw him the "daggum ball" before tossing the long striks his way.

Arizona fans didn't appreciate the showboating.

"I don't like to taunt," Gundy said. "But he cut across the field and was having a little fun, and proving his ankle was back to normal."

Blackmon scored for a second time on a 3-yard pass in the third quarter, breaking the game open after Alex Zandejas' 42-yard field goal put Arizona back within two scores.

Arizona's only other score came in the first quarter when Juron Criner caught a 5-yard touchdown from Foles, who was playing back in the Alamodome where he was a Texas prep star.

The Cowboys can take comfort even if forced to replace more than Holgorsen: They lost Bryant and switched to a new quarterback this season, only to shatter practically every school passing record. They're also toasting the most wins in school history after debuting seven new defensive starters.

It's why the Cowboys began the season picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 South. Instead, Oklahoma State came within a wild fourth quarter against Oklahoma of playing for its first Big 12 title. Nebraska handed the Cowboys their only other loss.

Arizona was denied a third consecutive eight-win season and absorbed another bowl pummeling after losing 33-0 to Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl last year.

The Pac 10 returned to the Alamo Bowl for the first time since 1994 after the game ended a 15-year run with the Big 10. The Pac 10's deal with the Alamo Bowl runs through 2013.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OKST
ARIZ
1st Downs1725
Total Yards312370
Passing240280
Rushing7290
Penalties6-668-65
3rd Down Conversions4-139-21
4th Down Conversions0-12-4
Turnovers04
Possession22:2937:31

Passing Leaders

Oklahoma StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Weeden25/412405.920
ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Foles32/502805.613

Rushing Leaders

Oklahoma StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hunter10323.2015
Smith5163.216
ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Grigsby16593.7013
Nwoko11363.3011

Receiving Leaders

Oklahoma StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Blackmon911713.0271
Cooper7537.6015
ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Douglas69115.2024
Morrison66611.0034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROKSTARIZ
TD10:55Jeremy Smith 6 Yd Run (Dan Bailey Kick) 70
TD08:46Justin Blackmon 71 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey Kick) 140
TD05:41Juron Criner 5 Yd Pass From Nick Foles (Alex Zendejas Kick) 147
FG00:06Dan Bailey 40 Yd 177
SECOND QUARTEROKSTARIZ
TD12:33Markelle Martin 62 Yd Interception Return (Pat Failed) 237
THIRD QUARTEROKSTARIZ
FG09:01Alex Zendejas 42 Yd 2310
TD05:16Justin Blackmon 3 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Dan Bailey Kick) 3010
FG03:20Dan Bailey 50 Yd 3310
FOURTH QUARTEROKSTARIZ
FG05:53Dan Bailey 44 Yd 3610

Research Notes

Oklahoma StateWith his performance in the Alamo Bowl, Justin Blackmon set single-season school records in three categories.
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