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Best and worst of the Big 12 bowls: Oklahoma schools provide highlights

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Oklahoma State routs Colorado to win Alamo Bowl (1:48)

Oklahoma State begins the game on a 31-0 run and defeats Colorado 38-8 in the Valero Alamo Bowl. (1:48)

Below, we break down the best and worst of the Big 12's bowl season:

Best win: As good as Oklahoma and Kansas State were, Oklahoma State gets the honor here for tattooing the champs from the Pac-12 South in the Valero Alamo Bowl, 38-8. Colorado had no answer for quarterback Mason Rudolph and wideout James Washington, and the Cowboys' defense nearly pitched the program's first bowl shutout since the 1945 Cotton Bowl.

Worst loss: West Virginia forced Miami into six punts to start the Russell Athletic Bowl. But the Mountaineers' offense failed to capitalize. Eventually, the Hurricanes got cooking, then dominated their way to a 31-14 victory. It was a sour ending to an otherwise tremendous season for the Mountaineers.

Best offensive performance: Baylor wideout KD Cannon was unstoppable in his final college game, with a career-high 226 receiving yards in the Bears' convincing 31-12 win against heavily favored Boise State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. Cannon also finished with 14 receptions and a pair of touchdowns before announcing he would turn pro.

Best defensive performance: Though the nod here could've just as easily gone to outgoing teammate Jordan Evans, Oklahoma true freshman Caleb Kelly is the selection here for his outstanding outing in the Sooners' 35-19 demolition of Auburn in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Kelly finished with a game-high 12 tackles, including one for loss, as Oklahoma corralled Auburn's vaunted ground game. Kelly is the future of the Oklahoma defense. And his Sugar Bowl performance underscored why.

Best special-teams performance: As he has all season, Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor controlled field position for the Pokes in the Alamo Bowl. Sinor punted four times for an average of 47.8 yards. His first two pinned Colorado inside inside its own 10, and his third fell out of bounds inside the 20. With such poor field position, the Buffs never could generate any momentum offensively.

Worst play: Down 24-23, TCU was in prime position to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Instead, quarterback Kenny Hill inexplicably took a 10-yard sack on third down, which turned TCU's go-ahead field goal attempt in a 47-yard try. Brandon Hatfield missed, and Georgia countered with a nine-play touchdown drive to salt away a 31-23 win.

Best play: Oklahoma State dialed up some razzle-dazzle to set up its first touchdown in the Alamo Bowl. Rudolph tossed a backwards pass to swinging running back Chris Carson, who tossed the ball back across the field to Rudolph with convoy of blockers ahead of him. The 24-yard double pass set up Carson's 10-yard touchdown scamper on the next play, which ignited the rout.

Best run: Late in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl, Samaje Perine took a carry, bounced to the outside, stiff-armed an Auburn defender to the ground, then rumbled 15 yards to break Billy Sims' all-time Oklahoma rushing record. Perine finished his Sooners career with a school-best 4,122 yards.

Best catch: Doing his best Josh Doctson impersonation, TCU wideout John Diarse went up over Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker for a remarkable 9-yard touchdown grab, which temporarily gave the Horned Frogs a second-half lead. Baker had both hands on the ball. But Diarse snatched it away with his left hand and got a foot in bounds for the score.

Best offensive line performance: Kansas State left tackle Scott Frantz was terrific in his matchup with Texas A&M All-American and potential top-five pick Myles Garrett in the Wildcats' 33-28 win in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. Garrett was able to pressure quarterback Jesse Ertz on occasion. But he was never able to sack him, as Garrett finished with just one assisted tackle.

Best hit: During Rudolph's 14-yard completion to tight end Blake Jarwin, Oklahoma State wide receiver Jhajuan Seales peeled off his route and completely leveled Colorado's Ryan Moeller, who was in pursuit. Moeller remained down on the turf for several minutes before being helped off the field. Seales' hit was clean. And it was vicious.

Worst Gatorade bath: Unlike three years ago in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, when Ryan Mueller comically chased K-State coach Bill Snyder down the sideline with a Gatorade jug, the Wildcats went a different way after knocking off Texas A&M. Instead, senior linebacker Charmeachealle Moore covered the victorious 79-year-old Snyder with a harmless shower of confetti.

Best quote: "I think they realized that we could go back to the hotel and celebrate -- or go back to the hotel and run around it all night." -- Bill Snyder, on his players opting to go with confetti instead of Gatorade.