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December 31, 2007

Robinson leads Oklahoma State over Hoosiers

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Zac Robinson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, leading Oklahoma State to a 49-33 Insight Bowl victory over Indiana on Monday night.

A sophomore making his 11th college start, Robinson completed 24 of 34 passes for 302 yards. He also threw an interception.

Dantrell Savage ran for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (7-6, 4-4 Big 12), who matched their season-high point total.

The loss capped an emotional year for the Hoosiers (7-6, 3-5 Big Ten), whose coach, Terry Hoeppner, died of complications a brain tumor in June. Kellen Lewis passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 83 yards and another touchdown for the Hoosiers in their first postseason appearance since 1993.

In last year's Insight Bowl, Texas Tech staged the biggest bowl comeback in major-college history on the same field, rallying from a 38-7 third-quarter deficit to stun Minnesota 44-41 in overtime.

This time, the Cowboys sprinted to a 35-10 halftime lead and were never threatened.

The Cowboys spotted Indiana an early field goal, then scored touchdowns on their first five possessions.

Oklahoma State's attack didn't miss a beat without offensive coordinator Larry Fedora, who left for Southern Mississippi after the regular season. Coach Mike Gundy, their former offensive coordinator, took over the play-calling.

Most of the plays involved Robinson, a quick-footed product of Littleton, Colo. He carved up the Hoosiers with his arm and his legs.

In the first half, Robinson completed 15 of 20 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns and led Oklahoma State with 64 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys won their second straight bowl and improved to 2-0 in bowls in Sun Devil Stadium, having beaten Brigham Young in the 1974 Fiesta Bowl.

Indiana got off to a good start, taking the opening kickoff and driving 52 yards to set up Austin Starr's 43-yard field goal.

That's when the Cowboys took over.

On their first five possessions, they drove 67, 53, 54, 57 and 63 yards, scoring touchdowns every time. The longest drive lasted 3:07.

The Hoosiers' offense was limited to Lewis, who accounted for all but 10 of their 196 first-half yards.

Lewis scored on a 1-yard run on Indiana's opening possession of the second half. The touchdown came after the Hoosiers faked a field goal and Lewis hit Starr for 9 yards on fourth-and-7 at the Cowboys 10.

Oklahoma State answered with an 80-yard drive, capped by an 11-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Dez Bryant to push its lead to 42-17.

The Hoosiers made it 42-24 on a 5-yard run by Josiah Sears midway through the fourth quarter.

Lewis connected with James Bailey for a 30-yard touchdown strike with a second to go to cap the scoring.

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