2012 Bcs Bowl Schedule
January 3, 2012 by staff
Weeden’s 24-yard bullet strike to Colton Chelf in overtime gave the Cowboys the ball at Stanford’s 1-yard line, and kicker Quinn Sharp sealed the deal with a 22-yard field goal as Oklahoma State beat the Cardinal 41-38 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Oklahoma State had to survive two errant Stanford field-goal attempts, one at the end of regulation and one in overtime, but the Cowboys didn’t care how they won. They ended the season with a 12-1 record — the most wins in school history — and their seniors are leaving with 41 victories.
“Oklahoma State has come a long, long ways,” coach Mike Gundy said. “The challenge will be for our underclassmen to keep it at that level.”
Gundy dedicated the victory to the four people — including Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke — killed in a November plane crash.
“It meant so much to the Oklahoma State people and to our team and for their families,” Gundy said. “The players wanted to do it.”
The Fiesta Bowl was hugely important for the Oklahoma State program, as well. Oklahoma State was playing in its first BCS game, Weeden was playing in his final game, and All-America wideout Justin Blackmon announced after the game that he will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
The Cowboys’ two playmakers ended their careers on the highest of notes: Weeden kept pace with the more-celebrated Andrew Luck, completing 29 of 42 passes for three touchdowns and one interception. He also ran for a touchdown.
Blackmon, meanwhile, caught eight passes for 186 yards and a Fiesta Bowl record-tying three scores. Not surprisingly, he was named the game’s outstanding offensive player.
“Brandon was putting the ball on the spot,” Blackmon said. “I was just happy I got a chance to make the plays.”
Oklahoma State needed every one of Weeden’s throws and Blackmon’s catches because its defense, which was ranked 107th in the country coming into the game, couldn’t stop Luck or Stanford’s running game. The Cardinal piled up 590 yards, including 243 on the ground.
Those numbers won’t sit well with Oklahoma State’s defenders, who insisted in the days leading up to the game that they were better than their national ranking indicated.
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