Colorado football’s dream season ends with blowout loss to Oklahoma State in Alamo Bowl

The Colorado Buffaloes’ first bowl game in nine years wasn’t much of one. The No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys pounded the Buffs 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl.

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The Colorado Buffaloes’ first bowl game in nine years wasn’t much of one. The No. 12 Oklahoma State Cowboys got out to an early lead and pounded the No. 10 Buffaloes 38-8 in the Alamo Bowl on Thursday.

Oklahoma State scored a field goal and two second-quarter touchdowns to take a 17-0 lead into halftime. Cowboys quarterback Mason Rudolph threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, and wideout James Washington torched Colorado’s secondary for 174 yards and a score.

Colorado avoided a shutout when quarterback Sefo Liufau ran in 6 yards for a touchdown with 5:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. By then, the game was over.

Liufau left the game in the first half with an ankle injury but returned in the fourth quarter. The senior was hit repeatedly by the Cowboys pass rush throughout the night. He threw for 195 yards in the final college game of his career.

Colorado finished the season 10-4, the first time it reached double-digit wins since 2001.

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Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

Christian Clark covers sports. He's worked for outlets that include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Oklahoman, Columbia Missourian and Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine. He likes music and Mexican food. Lots and lots of Mexican food. Got questions? Tips? You can reach him at cclark@denverite.com.