Oklahoma State football made school history in its 37-35 win in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on Jan. 1, 2022. The Cowboys trailed the Fighting Irish 28-7 in the second quarter before scoring 30 unanswered points to seal the victory.
OSU has now won 12 games in a season for only the second time in school history — the other time coming in 2011, when a Big 12 title-winning Cowboys squad ended the season by defeating Andrew Luck and Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.
After trailing 28-7, Oklahoma State football set a school record in mounting a 21-point comeback against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
OSU head coach Mike Gundy called the win against Notre Dame the biggest in school history, a significant claim for a program that was recently awarded the 1945 national championship. Whether he’s right or wrong about that statement, let’s dive into the most significant numbers from the Cowboys’ win against the Fighting Irish:
42 rushing yards
Notre Dame was outrushed by nearly 200 yards in the Fiesta Bowl, as the Irish could only muster 42 yards on the ground. The Cowboys, on the other hand, enjoyed the returns of both Jaylen Warren and LD Brown to bolster their rushing attack while gaining 234 rushing yards.
OSU’s secondary was on its heels in the first half, but the front seven did its job all game in stifling a Irish offense that missed its normal rushing leader, Kyren Williams, who opted out of the Fiesta Bowl in order to prepare for the NFL Draft.
Notre Dame’s Jack Coan had an impressive showing overall, throwing five touchdown passes and topping 500 passing yards. While his team fell just short after putting up 35 points against the Cowboys, it’s worth noting that he did so without much of a ground game (see above).
Coan attempted a whopping 68 passes, which also resulted in 30 incomplete throws. The Cowboys didn’t get as much pressure as they would’ve liked to against the Wisconsin transfer, but this statistic shows that it wasn’t a walk in the park for the Irish offense against one of the nation’s top defenses.