The result was an emotional, 41-38 overtime victory that capped the greatest season in Oklahoma State history and made Stanford’s Andrew Luck a loser in his final college game.
For Luck, the Indianapolis Colts, presumably, are the next stop. He completed 27 of 31 passes for 347 yards, but had no regrets about returning for his final season with the Cardinal. Stanford had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a field-goal attempt by freshman Jordan Williamson was wide. He also missed a 43-yarder in overtime.
“Yes, it was worth it,” Luck said via Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News. “Not to say I enjoyed every moment, because I didn't, but it was worth every moment.”
The Fiesta Bowl provided many memorable moments, from Markelle Martin’s crushing hit on Ty Montgomery to the instant the Cowboys took their first lead of the game on Quinn Sharp’s 22-yard field-goal attempt that split the uprights for the OT win.
For freshman Jordan Williamson, the Stanford place kicker whose missed field goals at the end of regulation and overtime proved fatal, the national spotlight became a nightmare. As AP explained:
Freshman kicker Jordan Williamson sobbed as he sat in front of his locker moments after his missed 35-yard field goal at the end of regulation cost No. 4 Stanford a Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma State.
Williamson also missed a 43-yarder in overtime. In all, he hooked three field goal attempts to the left in the Cardinal’s 41-38 loss to the third-ranked Cowboys on Monday night.
The youngster from Austin, Texas, had missed just three field goals in 15 tries all season, only one from inside 40 yards.
Williamson shook his head “no” when a couple of reporters approached his locker.
He knew he could have made sure Andrew Luck’s phenomenal college career ended with a victory, but the Cardinal quarterback — probably soon to become the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft — said no one was to blame for the loss.
“Put yourself in that situation,” Luck said. “Yeah, it’s tough. It’s very tough. I know guys will rally around him. He’s got a very bright future in front of him. The media tends to want a scapegoat or a hero, and that’s just not the case in any football game.”
The Oklahoma State win makes a split national title a possibility, or at least could complicate the final tabulation of votes in the AP poll. As AP reported:
Oklahoma State has its chance to be in the national-championship conversation.
All the Cowboys need now is a little help from Alabama.
Surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and getting a big kick of its own in overtime, No. 3 Oklahoma State opened the door for the chance at a split national championship with a wildly entertaining 41-38 win over No. 4 Stanford on Monday night.
“There is nothing we can do from here,” said Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, who tied the Fiesta Bowl record with three touchdown catches. “I do think we do have the best team in the nation.”
Should Alabama knock off top-ranked LSU in next week’s BCS championship game, Oklahoma State will be right there, ready to stake its claim at being No. 1 in The Associated Press poll.
“We feel like we could beat anyone in the country,” Chelf said.
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