Both teams play in Tuesday's Heart of Dallas Bowl will be dealing with transitions on their coaching staffs.
Oklahoma State (7-5) will try to finish the season with a victory without offensive coordinator Todd Monken. He replaced Dana Holgorsen two seasons ago and kept the Cowboys' offense producing at a high level. Monken, like Holgorsen, left Stillwater to become a head coach, taking over at Southern Miss.
Purdue (6-6) will be under the direction of receivers coach Patrick Higgins. He is the interim head coach, replacing the fired Danny Hope. The Boilermakers hired Kent State coach Darrell Hazell, who will join the program after the Golden Flashes' bowl game.
In NCAA statistics, Oklahoma State is fourth in scoring offense and fifth in total offense. That's impressive considering the team had to replace quarterback Brandon Weeden and wide receiver Justin Blackmon - both No. 1 draft picks.
Plus, injuries forced the Cowboys to play three quarterbacks. Even with the revolving door at the position, Oklahoma State became the first school in Big 12 history to have three QBs each pass for 1,000 yards.
To replace Monken for the bowl game, TCU will go with a committee approach. But head coach Mike Gundy is spending more time in quarterback meetings and will have input in play calling.
"It's a lot different to be coached by a different guy," said quarterback Clint Chelf who will start against Purdue. "Coach Gundy is now in our room, and he's putting his spin on things and how he approaches our offense. We're just listening to him now and kind of going by what he says."
No matter the coaching or the play calling, there won't be many changes in the Oklahoma State offense. The Cowboys will try to play an up-tempo pace balancing their passing attack with junior running back Joseph Randle, who led the Big 12 in rushing.
"It's going to be a challenge," said Purdue All-American defensive tackle Kawann Short.
"It's up to the defense to step up and hold these guys to minimum points. As a defense, we feel like we can match up."
Heart of Dallas Bowl
Oklahoma State vs. Purdue
Need to know: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Cotton Bowl, ESPNU.
Team records: Oklahoma State 7-5, Purdue 6-6.
Scouting Oklahoma State
The Cowboys' prolific offense continued to produce despite losing a quarterback and a wide receiver chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft. Oklahoma State also overcame a rash of injuries at quarterback. The Cowboys go into the bowl game without offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who is now the head coach at Southern Miss. Junior Clint Chelf will get the start at QB, though J.W. Walsh and Wes Lunt are healthy and available. Running back Joseph Randle gained 1,351 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. The defense struggled particularly when it came to forcing turnovers and stopping the pass.
Like Oklahoma State, the Boilermakers used three quarterbacks - Caleb TerBush, Rob Henry and Robert Marve. A hyped recruit who started his career at Miami (Fla.), Marve came on strong late in the year to lead Purdue to bowl eligibility. The passing attack is based on quick, short passes. One reason for that is an offensive line that often struggles in pass protection. The Boilermakers average 29 points a game and will want to keep the scoreboard under control. The middle of the Purdue defense is strong led by defensive tackles Kawann Short and Bruce Gaston while senior Josh Johnson is tied for fifth nationally in passes defended.
In four seasons, former Purdue coach Danny Hope went 22-27 and was dismissed after the final game of the regular season. ... The Boilermakers allowed 406.8 yards per game to finish 11th in the 12-team Big Ten Conference. ... Oklahoma State scored fewer than 30 points only once, it allowed more than 40 five times. ... The Cowboys defense surrendered more than 600 yards in each of the final two games to finish sixth among the 10 Big 12 teams in total defense (426.3 ypg). ... This will mark the second meeting between the schools, with the Boilermakers beating the Cowboys 33-20 in the 1997 Alamo Bowl.