Cowboys coach Mike Gundy called the win the biggest in program history.
“This is clearly the biggest win in the history of the school. You’re in a New Year’s Day bowl. You’re playing Notre Dame. Biggest comeback in the school history. … The biggest win in the history of the school,” Gundy said, 通过 ESPN.
The Cowboys were down as many as 21 points in the game. It’s the second time the Cowboys have finished a season with 12 胜. The Cowboys ranked as high as No. 5 in the AP polls during the season and are poised to finish near the top once final rankings are released.
OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders amassed 496 total yards and four touchdowns, including three TD passes to Tay Martin.
“Us going down and scoring quickly just before the half, that gave us hope,” Gundy added. “That gave us a chance as coaches to say, ‘Guys, we’re fine.’”
Sanders finished with 371 过院和 125 rushing yards. He’s the second player in FBS history with 350 过院, 100 rushing yards and four passing touchdowns in a bowl game, joining Clemson’s Tajh Boyd from the 2014 Orange Bowl.
Martin and Brennan Presley had 10 catches each. Martin finished with 104 码, Presley with 137.
Notre Dame’s Jack Coan was 38-for-68 for 509 过院, five touchdowns and an interception. His passing yardage set a Fiesta Bowl record.
“In the first half, we scored 28 点数, we’re moving the ball, we’re protecting the quarterback, and obviously things didn’t go that way in the second half,” Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman said. “We have to go back a see what the defense did schematically to give us some issues and try to find a way to make sure that never happens again.”
Freeman was making his head coaching debut after former Irish coach Brian Kelly left for LSU.
Oklahoma State wraps its season 12-2 while Notre Dame finishes 11-2.