Fiesta Bowl: OKLA St. Wins Thrilling Overtime Game, Beats Stanford 41-38

The Fiesta Bowl essentially features the contest to determine third-place in the nation with the Cowboys and Cardinal locking horns at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 2.

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2012 Fiesta Bowl Final Score: Oklahoma State Beats Stanford Cardinal In Thrilling Overtime Game

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.

That was the third TD catch for the receiver who was reported to be limited by a nasty infection in his leg. The play went 17 yards from Brandon Weeden to Blackmon.

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.

Overtime.

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.

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2012 Fiesta Bowl Score: Stanford Takes Slim Lead Over Oklahoma State Into Fourth Quarter

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:

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BCS Bowl Games: Fiesta Bowl Early Odds Favor Oklahoma State Over Stanford

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.

To discuss the Fiesta Bowl with Oklahoma State fans, go to Cowboys Ride For Free. To discuss the game with Stanford fans, check out Rule of Tree.

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Oklahoma Bedlam Game Schedule: Big 12 Title And Fiesta Bowl Bid At Stake

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.

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2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Selection Process, Projections, Schedule And Ticket Info

The 2012 Fiesta Bowl is right around the corner. We have full coverage of the events and game leading up to the big day.

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