Oklahoma State had already received a big boost for next season when Mason Rudolph and James Washington announced they would return for their senior years.
They followed it up with the kind of Alamo Bowl performance that should put the Cowboys among the favorites to win the Big 12 in 2017.
Rudolph passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns and Washington caught nine passes for 171 yards and a score as the No. 13 Cowboys routed No. 11 Colorado on Thursday night.
Defensively, Oklahoma State (10-3) smothered a Buffaloes team that had played for the Pac-12 championship, holding them to 318 total yards and shutting them out for three quarters.
A Cowboys squad that...