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: