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College football preview: Purdue vs. Oklahoma State

What: Heart of Dallas Bowl

When: Noon today

Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium (92,100/Grass), Dallas

TV: ESPNU

Radio: 1380 AM

Records: Purdue 6-6; Oklahoma State 7-5

Line: Oklahoma State by 17

Series: Purdue leads 1-0

Purdue

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 29.9 (58th in NCAA)

Yards per game: 406.9 (59th)

Passing yards per game: 241.1 (54th)

Rushing yards per game: 165.8 (59th)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 29 (71st)

Yards per game: 407.7 (70th)

Passing yards per game: 227.5 (50th)

Rushing yards per game: 180.2 (79th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Robert Marve 1,527 passing yards, 13 TDs, 3 INTs; RB Akeem Shavers 778 rushing yards, 6 TDs; WR Antavian Edison 57 catches, 625 receiving yards, 8 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: DT Kawann Short, DT, 42 tackles, 6 sacks, 14 1/2 tackles for loss; CB Ricardo Allen 44 tackles, 1 INT; S Landon Feichter 76 tackles, 4 INTs

Keys to victory: Purdue is going to have to force turnovers to slow down Oklahoma State’s high-powered offense. The Cowboys have thrown 16 interceptions and have also lost six fumbles this season.

Injuries: LB Sean Robinson (foot/ankle) probable; DT Brandon Taylor (ankle) questionable

Oklahoma State

Offensive statistics

Points per game: 44.7 (4th)

Yards per game: 548.9 (5th)

Passing yards per game: 333.4 (7th)

Rushing yards per game: 215.5 (22nd)

Defensive statistics

Points per game: 29.4 (T-72nd)

Yards per game: 426.3 (82nd)

Passing yards per game: 285.7 (112th)

Rushing yards per game: 140.6 (36th)

Keys

Top 3 offensive players: QB Clint Chelf 1,391 passing yards, 12 TDs, 6 INTs; RB Joseph Randle 1,351 rushing yards, 14 TDs; WR Josh Stewart 1,154 receiving yards, 7 TDs

Top 3 defensive players: LB Alex Elkins 73 tackles, 3 1/2 tackles for loss; LB Shaun Lewis 56 tackles 7 1/2 tackles for loss; DL Calvin Barnett 7 1/2 tackles for loss, 29 tackles

Keys to victory: Not only does Oklahoma State possess one of the top passing offenses in the country, but the Cowboys can also get it done on the ground. Look for Randle to get many opportunities to find holes.

Injuries: WR Tracy Moore (ankle) out

3 matchups to watch

Purdue’s defensive line vs. Oklahoma State’s offensive line: Short and Ryan Russell are among the Boilermakers looking to disrupt Chelf. Oklahoma State’s line is anchored by Lane Taylor, who did not allow a sack this season.

Robert Marve vs. Oklahoma State secondary: The Cowboys have given up plenty of yards through the air. Marve had 348 yards and four touchdowns in his last game against Indiana.

Purdue DBs vs. Oklahoma State WRs: Purdue corners Allen and Josh Johnson will be tested going against the likes of Stewart, who had 96 catches.

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– LaMond Pope, The Journal Gazette

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