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Oklahoma State wins Fiesta shootout over Stanford

Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:37 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 12:41 am

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One team had the No. 1 draft pick quarterback. The other had the uncoverable wide receiver. And in the end, the wide receiver won out.

Behind an instant-classic 8-catch, 186-yard, 3-touchdown performance from Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State won the Fiesta Bowl 41-38 over fourth-ranked Stanford in overtime. Quinn Sharp hit the game-winning 22-yard field goal after Cardinal kicker Jordan Williamson missed a 35-yarder for the win at the end of regulation and a 42-yarder in overtime. Sharp's field goal was set up by a 24-yard completion to Colton Chelf to the half-yard line.

That even the Cowboys' 38 regulation points weren't enough was down -- mostly -- to the brilliance of Andrew Luck, who went an incredible 27-of-31 for 347 yards and 2 touchdowns. Luck appeared to have won the game by going 8-of-8 in the fourth quarter, first putting his team up 38-31 with a 13-play, seven-minute drive and then the two-minute drill that set up Williamson for the missed game-winner.  

But in the end, Blackmon and Brandon Weeden (29-of-42, 399 yards, 3 TDs) were too much, even with the Cardinal's 588-406 advantage in total yards.

It didn't look like it in the third quarter, though. The Cowboys picked up a first down on the opening possession of the second half, then went nowhere: three more plays, punt; three plays on their next possession, punt; three plays from inside the 5 following a Stanford fumble, field goal. Total yardage for the quarter? Stanford 135, Oklahoma State 15.  

The teams went in at halftime tied at 21 after a combined five-touchdown barrage in the second quarter. Luck led a pair of masterful drives -- 7 plays, 87 yards for a 14-0 lead, then 8 plays, 80 yards to restore the lead to 21-14 -- but even he was the second-best player on the field thanks to Blackmon. It wasn't just that he caught four passes in the span of 10 minutes--it was that two of them went for 43 and 67 yards, and a manly tackle-breaking third turned a 4th-and-4 at the Stanford 32 to first-and-goal at the 9.  

The first quarter, however, belonged to the Cardinal lock, stock and barrel. While Weeden struggled mightily -- he hit just 5-of-10 for 2.6 yards an attempt, with an ugly interception to boot -- Luck was his usual murderously effective self to start, executing a play-fake to perfection to spring Ty Montgomery for an easy 53-yard pitch-and-catch TD. The Cardinal finished the quarter with a 129-27 yardage advantage, but a missed field goal by Jordan Williamson and Luck's only poor throw of the period (one picked by Justin Gilbert) kept the Cowboys within a possession.

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Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:35 am

Oklahoma State wins Fiesta shootout over Stanford

Hey can Brandon Weeden get some love the guy did pretty good tonight. He kept up with Luck's scoring, no where near as accurate; but scoring he did very well. Give some love to Weeden should be low 2nd-high 3rd draft pick considerably to me.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:17 am

Oklahoma State wins Fiesta shootout over Stanford

I think either Stanford or OSU would give LSU a run for the money; spot on offenses and pretty decent defenses; just masterful offenses.    I know all the SEC fans will run their mouths; they got the "Popular" vote but don't get the respect of winning it on the field.  

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:59 am

Oklahoma State wins Fiesta shootout over Stanford

Bordemaster - I thought I was watching an SEC game.  Didn't Standford miss 3 FG's?  Oh yeah, he trained at Bama.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:55 am

Oklahoma State wins Fiesta shootout over Stanford

Well....Bowl season is almost over for me ...This game was the one I most wanted to watch ...and I'll enjoy the Cotton....As for the BCS title game ....I don't like re-runs.

Since: Oct 14, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:48 am

Oklahoma State wins Fiesta shootout over Stanford

After watching this game I can honestly say the the BCS got it right.  The best 2 teams are playing for the championship.  I thought if OSU came in here and beat Stanford easily then maybe it should have been LSU and OSU, but after seeing that Stanfored should have won in regulation, plus if the Stanford defense could stop this offense with just 38 points in regulation then LSU's defense would have shut this offense down.  So no Mike Gundy I would not have liked to see a 38-34 BCS game because it would have been more like what always happens when an offensive Big 12 team plays a defensive SEC team in the BCS the Defensive SEC team shuts down the offensive Big 12 team and the SEC team scores 30 to 40 something while the offensive Big 12 team scores in the teens....I still would like to see a playoff instead of bowls so we decide a REAL champion every year and there is no debate.

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