Stanford Bowl Game 2012
January 3, 2012 by staff
Stanford Bowl Game 2012, Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in their final collegiate game, leading No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 41-38 overtime win against Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.
The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation’s best teams trading big plays and scores.
Oklahoma State (12-1) came up with the last one on Quinn Sharp’s 22-yard field goal in overtime to win its first BCS bowl game, earning the right to stake claim at being No. 1 in The Associated Press poll should Alabama beat LSU in the BCS title game.
“Our team rallied. Every time we got down, they just found a way to come back,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, who dedicated the victory to the four people who died in the Nov. 17 plane crash that killed Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna.
The Cowboys, who never led until the final play, were fortunate to get a chance in overtime.
After getting the ball back with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter and the score tied, Luck drove the Cardinal within field goal range in the closing seconds. Stanford couldn’t finish it off, though. Redshirt freshman Jordan Williamson hooked a 35-yard field goal wide left as time expired, then missed from 43 yards in overtime.
Williamson was sobbing in front of his locker after the game and didn’t speak with reporters.
“In the end, we lost, and I’m as much to blame as anyone,” Luck said.
Luck hit 27 of 31 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns in his final game before heading to the NFL. Stepfan Taylor ran for 177 yards and a pair of scores, and the Cardinal (11-2) had 590 yards — nearly 200 more than Oklahoma State — but couldn’t pull out their second straight BCS bowl victory.
“Our kids played hard,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “They just didn’t finish the game.”
Usually balanced, Oklahoma State had just 15 yards rushing on 13 carries, but Weeden made up for it, completing 29 of 42 passes and the three scores to Blackmon, who had eight catches for 186 yards.
After the game, Blackmon said he will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. He is expected to be selected high in the first round.
Weeden threw what he thought was the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime, a 25-yarder to Colton Chelf. But the celebration was put on hold after officials put the ball just inside the 1-yard line after a video review.
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