Oklahoma St tops Washington 3022 in Cactus Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State cornerback Ramon Richards (18) breaks up a pass intended for Washington wide receiver Brayden Lenius during the first half of the Cactus Bowl on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) TEMPE, Ariz. — Washington started the Cactus Bowl in practice mode, unable to get much of anything going while falling into a deep halftime hole.The Huskies managed to rev up in the second half, but never could make it all the way back.Washington fell behind by 17 points in a sluggish first half and had its second-half rally fall short in a 30-22 loss to Oklahoma State on Friday night.“For whatever reason, we didn’t have it in the first half,” Washington coach Chris Petersen said. “The second half they did, but it was too little, too late.”Oklahoma State (7-6) needed a late rally over rival Oklahoma in the season finale to become bowl eligible and played the Cactus Bowl without its most dynamic offensive player.The Cowboys closed out the season with a flourish behind freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph, with some offensive help from defensive lineman James Castleman.A freshman making his third start, Rudolph kept his composure against Washington’s vaunted front seven, overcoming three turnovers to hit 17 of 26 passes.Desmond Roland kept the Huskies off balance by tearing off big runs up the middle, finishing with 123 yards on 32 carries.Then, there was Castleman.Though he had never played offense before, the 300-pound defensive tackle lined up in the shotgun to score on a 1-yard run in the first half, helping Oklahoma State build a 17-point halftime lead.last_img read more