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The 2012 Fiesta Bowl lived up and exceeded all billing. The 41-38 win for Oklahoma State came in overtime with a field goal that gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game. The Stanford Cardinal had the game all but won in regulation but their freshman kicker missed from 35 yards to force the overtime period. To compound matters, he missed again in OT to put the game in reach of Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys seem to only play well in even-numbered quarters. After generating little offense in the third (and first) quarter, Oklahoma State quickly moved down the field and tied the game at 31 on a touchdown pass to none other than, Justin Blackmon to open the fourth.
Stanford came right back as they had done so many times in this game and put another seven points on the board. The drive when 69 yards and used 13 plays and over seven minutes of clock. The touchdown, put the Tree up 38-31.
OSU wasn't done, however, as they quickly put together a touchdown drive in just 1:51. During the possession, the Cowboys went for it and converted a fourth and three at the OSU 40 with a 20 yard pass completion to Justin Blackmon.
The problem for the Cowboys, they left too much time on the clock for QB great, Andrew Luck. Stanford started on their own 20 with 2:35 on the clock. Luck drove to within a 35-yard field goal of victory. But as we've seen so many times in college football, kickers miss big kicks.
One their first possession of the extra period, the Cardinal offense went nowhere and Williamson missed another kick (43 yards) wide left. That put the game in the hands of the Cowboys who took their first lead of the game on a 25 yard touchdown pass to Colton Chelf except the play was reviewed and called down within one yard of the end zone.
Little matter, the Cowboys set up for a 19-yard kick to win the game 41-38.
The two teams certainly provided the offense we expected even after combining for just seven points in the first quarter. The Cardinal put up 590 total yards with Andrew Luck going 27-31 for 347 yards and two touchdowns in his final game before entering the NFL. The Cowboys had 412 yards with Weeden throwing for 399 yards, with three touchdowns on 29-42. His star receiver, Justin Blackmon had eight catches for 186 yards with three trips to the end zone.
The Stanford Cardinal head into the final quarter of the 2012 Fiesta Bowl with a 28-24 lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cardinal scored on their only drive of the period, not including one that ended with a fumble at their own four-yard line.
The third quarter opened with the Oklahoma State Cowboys taking possession of the ball. They managed just one first down before the Cardinal defense recorded their first sack of the game on Cowboy QB Brandon Weeden and forced a punt. It was the first OKLA St. punt after finding the end zone on their last three possessions.
Andrew Luck and the Cardinal offense had more success on their first drive of the second half. Stanford drove 59 yards on eight plays before Luck found junior TE Zach Ertz for a 16 yard touchdown pass.
On their next possession the Cowboys again were stopped but they generated some good fortune by recovering a Cardinal fumble by FB Geoff Menken at his own four-yard line. In this game, however, they will probably need seven points and not the three they were left with after a dropped catch in the end zone on third down and goal.
Stanford has the ball on the OKLA St. 23 to start the fourth and final quarter.
Here's what that fumble looked like:
After a not-so-eventful first quarter in which only one touchdown was scored, the Cowboys and Cardinal exploded before halftime, totaling 35 points between the two offenses. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon has put his slow start in the rear-view mirror, totaling four catches, 139 yards and two long touchdowns. Andrew Luck has been solid with 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 11 of 14 passing but Brandon Weeden has been the better of the two, with 239 yards, three total touchdowns (one rushing) and one interception with 13 completions on 21 attempts.
Stanford jumped out to a 14-0 lead after Jeremy Stewart punched in from 24 yards away but that's when the beast was awoken. Putting all the "limited" talk to an end, Blackmon proceeded bust long receptions of 43 yards and 67 yards to tie the game back up.
Not to be outdone, Luck made passes of 25 yards and 31 yards look easy, setting up a Stepfan Taylor rushing touchdown from four yards out. That's when Oklahoma State went on their most efficient drive of the day to close out the half, totaling 77 yards and nine plays in less than two minutes and capping it off with a 2-yard Weeden quarterback draw.
The Cardinal have outrushed the Cowboys 144 yards to 11 and have held the ball for over 13 more minutes but are still tied due to Blackmons' big plays. Stay tuned for the second half as this one is sure to go down right to the wire.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are going to need all their weapons to defeat the powerful Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. Unfortunately, they enter the game with one of their best options limited by an infection. WR Justin Blackmon is a star who will be playing on Sundays, but in this game he's battling through the effects of an infection on his inner thigh according to a report on the ESPN TV broadcast.
According to the report, Blackmon has been taking heavy antibiotics and anti-inflammatories and was limited in practice during the week leading up to the game. He was advised to stay in bed and had his mobility reduced by the medical issues.
Blackmon has no receptions through the first quarter of play at the 2012 Fiesta Bowl after catching 113 passes for 1,336 yards this season for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Oklahoma State kept the matter secret throughout the week leading up to the big game.
[Update, 01/02/12 7:46 PM MST ]
Blackmon completed a 43-yard touchdown play to put the Cowboys on the board in the second quarter.
[Update, 01/02/12 8:03 PM MST ]
It would seem "limited" for Justin Blackmon means two catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Got it.
The offensive fireworks that were expected in this match up featuring Stanford and Oklahoma State haven't exactly appeared yet, at least through one quarter. Andrew Luck has been up and down with 68 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception on 4 of 6 throwing. Brandon Weeden hasn't looked like himself either through the first fifteen minutes completing 5-10 of his passes for only 26 yards and one interception.
Despite having the fourth overall offense, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy elected to defer after winning the coin toss. And it seemed at first, that his defense would reward him holding the Cardinal to a missed field goal and a three and out in their first two possessions. But the Cowboys couldn't take advantage as Weeden threw a pick on their first play then could muster nothing but a punt on their second drive.
When Luck got the ball back for the third time, he made the Cowboys pay, throwing a beautiful 53 yard strike to a wide open Ty Montgomery to put the first and only points on the board.
All didn't go Luck's way though, as he threw a pick to Justin Gilbert on a very alert play once he got the ball back. But yet, the Cowboys still couldn't get anything started as they were forced to punt the ball for the third time in four possessions as the first quarter came to a close.
The Stanford Cardinal and the Oklahoma St. Cowboys are preparing to face off on Monday, January 2, 2012 in the 41st annual Fiesta Bowl in Glendale. The game is expected to be close and competitive, as the national viewing audience will get one last look at Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck before he departs for the NFL in the 2012 Draft. Perhaps he'll get a sendoff and performance like Robert Griffin III experienced in the Alamo Bowl last week.
Either way, it should be an entertaining game. We have all of your viewing information right here for following along with Monday's game.
Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 PM PST from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
TV: The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. You can also stream the game live at ESPN3.
Betting Line: The Oklahoma State Cowboys are currently 4-point favorites to win, according to our friends over at OddsShark. The over/under is set at 74.
History: Stanford and Oklahoma State have never faced one another before. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
You can find much more information about this game and related festivities by visiting the official Fiesta Bowl website.
The 41st annual Fiesta Bowl will kick off on Monday, January 2, 2012 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The game will pit the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal against the No. 3 Oklahoma St. Cowboys. The Cowboys are favored to win by four points, but it is expected to be a competitive game between two evenly-matched teams.
Jon Wilner of the Mercury News provided some key points to look for regarding the strategy of the game in an article on Sunday. Wilner notes that the Stanford offense will need to control the ball and the clock and attempt to keep the potent Cowboys offense off the field for as long as possible. Stanford is certainly more than capable of keeping a stranglehold on a game, as they demonstrated in last year's Orange Bowl, when they racked up over 500 yards and 40 points and only punted three times in the game.
Wilner also notes that the performance of the Stanford tight ends will be vital in the game. Quarterback Andrew Luck has shown a definite preference in the 2011 season for his talented TEs, including Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz. If the tight ends can stay ahead of the Cowboys coverage, it could very well be off to the races for Stanford.
Before the Fiesta Bowl between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Stanford Cardinal on January 2nd, this weekend will welcome the annual Fiesta Bowl Parade.
The 2011 Fiesta Bowl Parade will take place at 11:00 Am on Saturday, December 31. The parade is free to the public or $25 for reserved seating. Reserved disabled seating is also available for $10. The parade will be televised on KNXV-ABC15.
The parade will begin at Montebello Avenue and will travel down Central Avenue before turning left on Camelback Road. The parade route will travel down Camelback before turning right onto 7th Street, where it will end at Minnezona Avenue.
You can find comprehensive information on the parade by visiting the official website via this link.
The Stanford Cardinal and Oklahoma State Cowboys had themselves outstanding regular seasons respectfully, but for the Cardinal, they feel they have something else to prove for one of their own; quarterback Andrew Luck.
Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton and few offensive players met with the media at the Camelback Inn in Scottsdale on Wednesday, when a reporter posed a question to tight end Coby Fleener:
What will be the keys to Stanford's offensive success?
"That Andrew Luck gets to the game on time."
Over confidence? Hardly. Fleener just knows that Luck comes as advertised:
What do you think that people watching Stanford play for the first time will notice?
"That Andrew's really all he's cracked up to be," Fleener said. "That he is the best player in the nation and he deserves that title."
Luck is only one man, and the Cowboys will have a lot more to deal with than just him. There will be lots of run game coming for the Card, and Andrew Luck doing the dirty work in the red zone. Couple that with the amount of depth this Stanford squad possesses, and the options become innumerable for the offense:
"I tell you, it will make a big difference for us, just to have the ability to be multiple in our personnel groupings," Hamilton said. "This gives us the ability to line up in power run formations with the same personnel grouping that we can line up in empty formations, with no backs in the backfield. And in the red zone, those guys present matchup problems for their opponents."
The red zone won't be the only area of difficulty for the OSU defense, seeing that they play mostly spread offenses in the Big 12. Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young spoke about the challenge of dealing with the Cardinals physical style of play that they frankly haven't seen much of this season:
"We've been playing basketball on grass for about nine games, and all of a sudden it's going to be smash mouth football; that's hard to simulate."
If the Cardinal can control the ball and limit the turnovers, they will be quite a tough team to beat.
The Stanford Cardinal aren't known for being the most excited fanbase when it comes to their football team. They've had trouble selling out football games lately and have struggled attracting local support. In 2011, it all seemed to change; with a Heisman Trophy caliber quarterback in Andrew Luck and fresh off an incredible 12-1 campaign, Stanford fans did their best to fill up their stadium for almost every game this year, and for once outdrew their rivals at Cal (although to be fair, Cal was playing in a baseball park, even though attendance was far from spectacular there either).
Looks like that won't be a problem in the bowl game either. Stanford sold out their ticket allotment in a hurry, 17,500 in all.
Stanford had a lot of things working against them last year when they made it to a BCS bowl game. For one, it was the Orange Bowl in Miami, and Palo Alto is kind of far away from Miami. For another, the bowl was against a decent but overmatched Virginia Tech squad, and Stanford was happy to wreck them. This year, they'll be close to home in Tempe and facing a team comparable in talent in the Oklahoma St. Cowboys. It's a nice rebound for a fanbase that is starting to prove it has the passion to be a football school too.
To discuss Stanford football, head to Rule of Tree.
After more than eight months of investigations, two dozen Arizona politicians will not be indicted on charges of allegedly receiving free trips or tickets from the Fiesta Bowl due to lack of evidence, according to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in an AP report.
Montgomery cited inconsistencies between state laws and vague reporting as large stop-blocks to their investigation, as well as a legal requirement that prosecutors prove a defendant "knowingly violated the law" as a part of their decision, which was the most difficult of all.
"Despite the public’s legitimate expectations that current laws ensure a reasonable degree of open and honest government, Arizona’s statutes governing receipt of gifts and reporting requirements fall short of meeting those expectations," Montgomery said.
The investigation included evidence that 31 current or former politicians in the state of Arizona received free trips or game tickets, with many apparently conflicting with state law that bans receipt of free tickets in most cases. There were also a number of failed reports on what they received in their annual financial disclosure report.
The Fiesta Bowl wants all politicians who received more than $161,000 worth of trips/tickets to fully explain themselves, and have implied to repay the costs if the spending truly can’t be justified. Some had already have.
Twenty-eight of those Montgomery investigated were current or former state lawmakers, including former state Senate President Russell Pearce, who allegedly received more than $39,000 in tickets, trips and other items. From 2002 through 2009, Pearce went on trips funded by the Fiesta Bowl to games in places like San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Pasadena, and Dallas. Other high-level recipients include former lawmaker Robert Blendu with $17,213, and state Sen. Linda Lopez with $16,877.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are preparing for their Fiesta Bowl appearance against the Stanford Cardinal, but word came down on Monday that they'll have to enter the game without defensive lineman Christian Littlehead.
Littlehead had been charged with drug possession in the past week along with another OSU teammate, Jonathan Rush. Rush was already out for the season with an injury, but on Monday Gina Mizell of the Oklahoman reported that Littlehead will be suspended for the Fiesta Bowl. This is a big blow to the Cowboys defense, who will need to contain a potent Stanford offense.
Stanford will also not be at full strength. Wide receiver Chris Owusu has been plagued by concussions in the 2011 season and according to an Associated Press article, head coach David Shaw said that Owusu is unlikely to play in the bowl game.
The Oklahoma St. Cowboys don't really want to lose their BCS bowl apperance against the Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. But they now have a distraction on their hands they must deal with. Gina Mizell of the Oklahoman reports.
The charges, both misdemeanors, stem from an incident last Thursday, when OSU police found two homemade smoking devices containing burnt residue in Rush's and Littlehead's residence at Sitlington Hall, according to the initial filing at the Payne County Courthouse.
The crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year or a fine up to $1,000, or both.
Rush is out for the season, so his trouble isn't quite critical to the overall bowl picture. Littlehead's is. He's been a part-time starter on the defensive line, and his health is of paramount importance in this contest.
Stanford has one of the most bruising offensive lines in all of college football, and OSU will need all hands on deck on January 2nd to try and contain the Cardinal power up front. With Littlehead now in danger of being suspended for the bowl game, the Cowboys will have to really batten down the hatches to try and maintain control on their side of the ball. OSU has an ok but hardly outstanding defense, and Andrew Luck will be happy to take advantage of his opportunities.
The Sugar Bowl desperately wanted the Oklahoma Sooners to play in their event this year, to the extent that they were willing to seek a trade of BCS teams to get them, reports Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports.
Before Oklahoma squared off with the Oklahoma State Cowboys to determine the two teams' final standings, representatives for the Sugar Bowl were in touch with the interim Big 12 commissioner about working out a deal that would have sent the Sooners to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. The idea, beyond obtaining what the Sugar Bowl camp viewed as the more marketable team, was to prevent what is being dubbed "Fiesta Fatigue" due to Oklahoma having appeared in the Fiesta Bowl in three of the past five years.
As it turned out, the Sugar Bowl ultimately didn't have to do anything other than root for Oklahoma to lose their final game, which they did. The loss made any BCS trade a moot point, as the Cowboys immediately became the likely team to head to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012. They'll face off against the Stanford Cardinal in Tempe.
Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been tearing it up down in Stillwater essentially since he's got there, but according to ProFootballTalk.com's Evan Silva, the 2012 Fiesta Bowl will be his last in the Black and Orange, and will take the next step in his career to the NFL Draft.
Blackmon would elaborate on his thoughts on leaving OSU:
"It's that time to go. I came back last year to win a Big 12 championship, set us up for a BCS bowl and I think we did that."
Blackmon caught 113 passes for 1336 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Cowboys this season, and is a finalist for the 2011 Bilitnikoff Award, going to the best receiver in college football each year. Blackmon already won the award last season along with the Big-12 Offensive Player of the Year Award as well.
There is no doubt the the junior is NFL ready, and will likely be a high first round draft pick in 2012. He will undoubtedly want to shine in his last game with OSU, which doesn't bode well for the Stanford Cardinal defense.
Early reaction to the BCS Bowl Games on this year's schedule has generated a lot of buzz about the 2012 Fiesta Bowl which features the first-ever meeting between the Oklahoma St. Cowboys and the Stanford Cardinal. The consensus seems to be that this will be a great college football game featuring two powerful offenses. The Vegas odds have been released and shows how close they think the game will be.
Oklahoma State is a 3.5-point favorite over the Stanford Cardinal in the opening line. A game total has not yet been posted for those over/under bettors but we'd be surprised if that came in below 70.
Both of these team's feature high-powered offenses, although the Cowboys at 49.3 points per game are even higher than the Oregon Ducks (46.2 ppg) and only slightly behind the Houston Cougars (50.8 ppg). The Cardinal are no slouch either with Andrew Luck at the helm. They average 43.6 points per game which is good for fifth in the nation among all FBS college football teams.
The defenses show a bit more separation with the Cardinal allowing 20.3 points per game which is good for 23rd in the nation. The Cowboys are known for high-scoring games and as such they allow 25.8 points per game which ranks them 60th.
Both of these teams are fantastic. Both have Heisman caliber quarterbacks and both only have one loss on their record. The Cardinal loss came to the Rose Bowl bound Oregon Ducks while the Cowboys dropped a game to unranked Iowa State in an emotional game played immediately following the tragic plane crash that took like lives of the Oklahoma State women's basketball coach and assistant coach.
Oklahoma State is considered to have the tougher schedule which is why they finished the season ranked third while Stanford is fourth. The winner of the Fiesta Bowl will likely be considered the third-best team in the nation for the 2011 college football season.
The quick stats favor the Cardinal but it would seem the line set by Vegas is more in recognition of bettor trends and popularity. A vast majority of the country would instinctively favor an Oklahoma football team over Stanford which probably explains this early line. We'll see how much it moves in the weeks and days leading up to the 2012 Fiesta Bowl on January 2.
Betting aside, we are excited Arizona is hosting this game and are glad we get the opportunity to cover it.
The Fiesta Bowl has been mired in scandal lately, but tonight they scored perhaps the second biggest game of the postseason. Instead of a national championship, they'll get what amounts to a third place game between the Oklahoma St. Cowboys and the Stanford Cardinal.
Oklahoma State finished third in the BCS rankings and just fell short of a bid in the BCS National Championship game. As the Big 12 champion, they earn the automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl. With their second pick, Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal got the nod. Considering the two teams finished third and fourth in the BCS rankings, the winner figures to be a strong contender to be second or third in the final BCS rankings.
Oklahoma State possesses a great spread pass-oriented offense that could give Stanford a lot of trouble. Stanford has a balanced power attack with an excellent pro-style quarterback. We could have a shootout on our hands in Tempe.
Bedlam arrives Saturday as the Oklahoma Sooners (13) head to Stillwater to face their rivals, the Oklahoma State Cowboys (3) in a game that has far more meaning than bragging rights in this football-crazed state. Since the Big 12 Conference no longer has 12 teams and as such no longer has a championship game, this year's Bedlam will determine who will go to the Fiesta Bowl.
There are still scenarios where the Cowboys could beat the Sooners in such a manner that they leap over Alabama (2) in the BCS rankings. That, however, seems as unlikely as LSU losing to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game or UCLA beating Oregon for the Pac-12 Title.
The Cowboys are a three-point favorite in the game and will try to break a nine-game Bedlam losing streak. The Sooners, if they win, will return to the Fiesta Bowl where last year they beat UConn. Stanford is a near lock to be the opponent of best team in Oklahoma college football.
The Cowboys average 50 points per game behind Heisman candidate, QB Brandon Weeden and star WR Justin Blackmon. The Sooners are led by a quality passer, QB Landry Jones. According to their coach, the Sooners are approaching this game with the right mentality.
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“They know it’s a one-game season with the chance for the Big 12 championship,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “That’s where you want to be.”
The game kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. MT on ABC.
The 2012 Fiesta Bowl is right around the corner. We have full coverage of the events and game leading up to the big day.
The 2011 regular season wrapped up on Saturday, and the postseason bowl game matchups are becoming clearer. Things still won't be certain for at least another week, but some educated guesses can be made about the two bowl games that the state of Arizona will host.
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, to be held January 2, 2012 in Glendale, will feature the No. 1 Big Ten team against an at-large BCS team. The Big Ten team will be the winner of Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State. Since Oklahoma State is favored in that game and Stanford is currently No. 4 in the BCS rankings, it seems likely that the Fiesta Bowl will end up being Oklahoma State vs. Stanford.
The Insight Bowl, taking place in Tempe on December 30, will be a Big Ten vs. Big 12 matchup. The likely teams to play in that game appear to be Ohio State and Baylor.
For the full 2011 College Football Bowl Schedule, please click here.
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