Fiesta Bowl LIVE UPDATES: Stanford vs Oklahoma State As Andrew Luck, Justin Blackmon Take Center Stage
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma State (11-1), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Oklahoma State by 3 1/2.
Series record: First meeting.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Two teams that fell just short of playing in the BCS title game meet in one of the best matchups of the bowl season. Oklahoma State is hoping to win its first BCS bowl and strengthen its claim that it should have been in the title game against LSU, not Alabama. Stanford will try to win its second straight BCS bowl and send quarterback Andrew Luck off to the NFL with a victory.
Oklahoma State's secondary vs. Luck. The Cowboys weren't particularly good against the pass during the regular season, ranking 103rd in the nation. The thing about OSU's defense is that it gives up yards, but not many points, in part because it was first in the nation with 42 turnovers. Luck is prolific and smart, able to adapt to whatever the defense throws at him.FOLLOW HERE FOR LIVE UPDATES THROUGHOUT 2012 FIESTA BOWL:
Justin Blackmon says unequivocally that he is going to the draft.
OK State coach Mike Gundy dedicates win to coaches who passed away in tragic plane crash earlier this year, flashes pin on his shirt. Poised, impassioned message.
SHarps nails it.
One of the nation's best kickers is on for the win. He's confident and his coach is confident in him. It's also quite an easy kick ahead of him. Timeout
Weeden takes snap and slides over to middle of field. Oklahoma State setting up their kicker.
After review, Chelf was down. Offense gets ball inside the one. Who does Gundy give first crack at this?
It looks like Chelf's TD is coming back. His knee may have been down when ball was at 1/2 yard line.
Pass from Weeden to Chelf and he dives, falls forward for score.
On first down but he slips, 2nd and 10.
They have never led but will walk-off with a score here.
Bad snap, holder gets it upright but LACES WERE IN. Ray Finkle doesn't blame Williamson for pushing it wide.
Luck dumps it off underneath and Stanford comes far to calm and conservative in OT. 43-yard FG attempt coming.
Taylor swallowed up. It's 3rd and 13. Very meek stuff.
False start brings Stanford back. It's 2nd and 10.
Another first down run. Stanford seems unfazed by what just happened.
Cowboys go on defense to start the OT.
Oklahoma State 38
He hooked it left!
Gundy saved his timeout to ice this redshirt freshman. Williamson just staying out swinging that leg.
Jordan Williamson out onto the field. He's a redshirt freshman waiting to kick to win the Fiesta Bowl.
Picks up a few more yards for the FG attempt.
Taylor carries it up the middle for six yards. Tick, tock. No timeout by Oklahoma State, holding that last one.
With Blackmon they only need a few seconds of possession if Stanford scores.
With defender at his feet and traffic in front, Luck finds Stewart who gets up sideline for 25 yards to OK State 25. Clock stops due to Cowboys injury. 52 seconds remaining and it's still a long FG attempt with so much at stake. 1st and 10.
Taylor nearly gets there.
Pressure come to his front side, Luck dumps screen over and Taylor has first down.
9 more to Montgomery. 2nd and 1.
After individually tutoring all players, refs, Luck finds Taylor for first down.
Stanford at their own 20 with all timeouts and plenty of time.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stanford: RB Stepfan Taylor. Despite having Luck, a two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up, the Cardinal run more than they pass. Taylor, a junior, is Stanford's go-to back, becoming the third player in school history to have consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Taylor ran for 1,153 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Oklahoma State: WR Justin Blackmon. Oklahoma State has had some sterling receivers the past few years and Blackmon could go down as the best of the bunch. Quick, strong and a super route-runner, the junior likely will be playing his last game for the Cowboys before heading off to the NFL. Despite almost constant double teams this season, Blackmon set school records with 113 receptions and 1,782 yards.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oklahoma State and Stanford had one common opponent this season, Arizona. The Cowboys beat the Wildcats 37-14 in Stillwater and the Cardinal won 37-10 the next week in Tucson. ... Oklahoma State was third in the nation with 557 yards of offense per game. ... Stanford beat Virginia Tech in last year's Orange Bowl. ... The Cowboys are vying for their first 12-win season after winning 11 games for the first time last year. ... Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy can move into second all-time at the school with 59 wins with a victory over Stanford. ... The Cowboys are second nationally with 49.33 points per game and Stanford is fifth at 43.58. ... Stanford's tight ends figure prominently in the offense, accounting for 19 touchdowns this season.