"We just ran into a very good football team today," Purdue interim head coach Patrick Higgins said. "When you play a quality opponent like Oklahoma State and when you turn the ball over and don't take advantage of your opportunities the game can turn out like this."
This loss set the record for the Boilermakers' most lopsided bowl loss in program history. In addition, the 44-point loss was Purdue's worst non-conference loss since 1992 when it lost to then-No. 6 Notre Dame 48-0.
Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf was named the bowl's most valuable player after finishing 17-of-22 for 193 passing yards. The junior also had three touchdown passes, including a game-long 37-yard touchdown pass to Isaisah Anderson in the third quarter to cap of his bowl performance and give Oklahoma State a 45-0 lead.
Purdue (6-7, 3-5 Big Ten) trailed 45-0 before scoring its first touchdown on a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Robert Marve to Brandon Cottom late in the third quarter. Marve also added a 16-yard touchdown pass with three minutes left in the game.
Playing in the final game of his college career, Marve was 21-of-34 for 212 yards. The senior quarterback also threw two interceptions on tipped passes and was sacked three times in the loss.
Running back Akeem Shavers had a game-high 93 rushing yards against Oklahoma State (8-5, 5-4 Big 12).
Purdue had five turnovers in the loss, including a fumble on its opening possession of the second half that Oklahoma State returned for a touchdown to give it a 35-0 lead.
Oklahoma State had 201 total offensive yards in the first half as it built a 28-point half time lead.
Purdue in the first half drove the ball twice into Oklahoma State territory but failed to score. The Boilermakers in the first quarter kicked a field goal attempt wide right and in the second quarter had an open receiver drop a pass on fourth-down conversion attempt.
The Cowboys had three passing touchdowns in the first half. In addition, running back Jeremy Smith had a 5-yard touchdown run to cap off Oklahoma State's first half scoring.
Oklahoma State extended its lead to 21-0 as backup quarterback J.W. Walsh threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Seaton on a fourth-down play early in the second quarter. Walsh also entered the game in the fourth quarter and threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to give Cowboys a 51-point lead.
The Cowboys scored two touchdowns within a 79 second span midway through the first quarter.
Oklahoma State opened the scoring on its second possession with a 4-yard touchdown reception to Charlie Moore. The touchdown came three plays after a 54-yard punt return by Josh Stewart that put the ball in red zone.
In addition, the Cowboys defense on the Boilermakers' next possession. intercepted Marve. Oklahoma State then scored three plays later on a Chelf's second touchdown pass of the quarter.
The Boilermakers entered this bowl having won their final three games of the regular season, including a victory against in-state rival Indiana in its regular-season finale to become bowl eligible.
Purdue following its regular season fired head coach Danny Hope. Higgins was named the interim coach for the bowl game before the school in early December named former Kent State coach Darrell Hazell the Boilermakers' new head coach for next year.