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D'Eriq King injured as No. 18 Hurricanes fall short in Cheez-It Bowl

Oklahoma State holds off Miami for 37-34 victory
Miami Hurricanes QB D'Eriq King injured in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl
Posted at 10:10 PM, Dec 29, 2020

ORLANDO, Fla. — Spencer Sanders threw for 305 yards and four touchdowns, and Oklahoma State held off No. 18 Miami for a 37-34 victory in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Miami starting quarterback D'Eriq King suffered a leg injury in the first half and didn't return.

In his place was N'Kosi Perry, who threw for 228 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Miami Hurricanes QB N'Kosi Perry vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl
Miami quarterback N'Kosi Perry looks for a receiver as Oklahoma State defensive end Brock Martin rushes during the second half of the Cheez-It Bowl, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

Brennan Presley caught three of Sanders' touchdown passes, finishing with six receptions for 118 yards.

Sanders also led the Cowboys with 45 yards rushing.

Oklahoma State (8-3) scored on its first three possessions while jumping out to a 21-0 lead.

Sanders threw TD passes of 30 and 32 yards to Presley, and LD Brown had a 2-yard touchdown run.

Miami (8-3) got on the board in the second quarter when King threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brevin Jordan. But King left the game with a right knee injury with 4:06 remaining in the first half.

Miami Hurricanes QB D'Eriq King vs. Oklahoma State in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl
Miami quarterback D'Eriq King looks for a receiver as Oklahoma State defensive tackle Sione Asi rushes during the first half of the Cheez-It Bowl, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, in Orlando, Fla.

The Hurricanes trailed 21-10 at halftime but rallied to cut the score to 21-19 midway through the third quarter. Both of Perry's touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late and Miami fell short of a comeback.

Miami fell to 1-11 in its last 12 bowl games. The Hurricanes' lone postseason win since 2008 was a 31-14 victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl, also played in Orlando, in 2016.