Robinson leads Oklahoma State to Insight Bowl win

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Indiana had the story line.

Oklahoma State had speed, skill and Zac Robinson.

Robinson threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores, leading the Cowboys to a 49-33 Insight Bowl victory over the Hoosiers on Monday night.

"We did feel like we were faster than Indiana, if we got our skill players some space," Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.

Robinson completed 24 of 34 passes for 302 yards, and threw an interception. He also ran for 70 yards.

Dantrell Savage ran for 100 yards and a touchdown for the Cowboys (7-6), who matched their season-high point total. Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cowboys spotted Indiana an early field goal, then scored touchdowns on their first five possessions to take a 35-10 halftime lead.

"We talked about jumping on them early and getting off to a quick start," Robinson said. "We knew they would be hungry and fired up to play."

The loss capped an emotional year for the Hoosiers (7-6), making their first bowl appearance since 1993. And Indiana was playing to honor the memory of coach Terry Hoeppner, who died in June of complications of a brain tumor.

Kellen Lewis passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 83 yards and another touchdown for the Hoosiers.

"We came here to win and play it to the end, and so we did," Indiana coach Bill Lynch said. "I was proud of our kids about that."

Appearing in a minor bowl for the fourth time in six years, the Cowboys answered questions about whether they would be as motivated as the Hoosiers.

"They made up their minds two weeks ago," Gundy said. "They wanted to practice hard. They wanted to go out winners, and the senior class wanted to find a way to get it done. They did. They played with great enthusiasm early in the game."

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

"It was a lot of fun being involved with the offense the last three weeks, but you have to give credit to the players," Gundy said. "They made plays."

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 yards rushing 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.

A sophomore making his 11th college start, Robinson piloted a near-flawless attack in the first half as the Cowboys scored touchdowns on their first five possession.

"In our preparation, we knew what they were going to line up in pretty much every time," Robinson said. "It was just executing and not turning the ball over."

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.

"Obviously, we got off to a fast start," Gundy said.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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