The Cowboys ended their season on a high note, with a 38-8 shellacking of the Colorado Buffaloes in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Oklahoma State dominated in all facets of the game, with methodical scoring drives, a suffocating defense, and stellar special teams. Mason Rudolph was fantastic in this game, with 314 yards and 3 touchdowns. James Washington was a constant deep threat in this game, he had 9 catches for 172 yards and a touchdown. With those two officially coming back next year, the Cowboy offense is going to be deadly. The defense was stellar, holding the Buffalo offense to only 62 yards rushing. It goes without saying how great Zach Sinor was, he had 3 punts inside the 20, finishing the season with only one touchback.
However, one Cowboy, in his last game with the squad, made his impact felt...quite literally. Jhajuan Seales is my unsung hero of the Alamo Bowl. On the game, he had 3 catches for 43 yards and a touchdown. This season was his best as a Cowboy, with 37 catches, 615 yards, and 4 touchdowns. Seales was able to make an impact when Washington was being double teamed, but he made his presence felt out of the perimeter blocking. He and Chris Lacy both were very good at run blocking on the edge and downfield. Take a look at this block that helped free up Blake Jarwin and get close to a first down.
Jhajuan Seales killed a man pic.twitter.com/vFfblef93d— Oklahoma State (@TheOkiePokie) December 30, 2016
My goodness, what a hit. But this just shows how much of an impact a receiver can have on a game without having to catch a ball. He had another block (or pick, but he got away with it) that helped get Jarwin into the end zone for a touchdown. His presence in this facet of the game will be missed.
I believe this game will propel the Cowboys into next season, just like the Alamo Bowl victory in 2010 did for the team in 2011. As Cowboy fans, we are in for a fun year next year!