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OSU holds off Miami in 37-34 win

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Cheez-it Bowl

Miami tight end Brevin Jordan scores a touchdown during the Cheez-It Bowl college football game of Miami versus Oklahoma State at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

Sudeep Tumma and Ryan Novozinsky break down OSU's 34-31 victory over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Oklahoma State closed its 2020 football season in a 37-34 win over Miami in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Several young Cowboys had big games, but none more impressive than Spencer Sanders. He had a combined 350 yards and four touchdowns as he led his team to victory.

The Cowboys couldn’t be stopped in the first quarter. They scored touchdowns on all three drives, including two spectacular scores from Brennan Presley.

Presley, who would later score a third time, only had one catch all season before Tuesday’s game. He finished the game with 118 yards and will surely be the leading contender to take over as the primary receiver in the eyes of many fans and analysts.

OSU led 21-0, but its next score wouldn’t come for another 30 game minutes.

Meanwhile, Miami went on a 19-0 run despite losing its best player in quarterback D’Eriq King.

What once appeared to be a one-sided affair became a tight, back-and-forth bout. Each team traded touchdowns and OSU’s lead was cut to three with five minutes remaining.

The OSU rushing attack struggled. It averaged a mere 2.6 yards per carry and OSu’s best rusher was the quarterback.

But Gundy stayed committed to running the football, winning the time of possession and trusting his defense to make stops.

His game plan paid off, his team ended the game and the season in victory formation.

sports.ed@ocolly.com