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Fiesta Bowl: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck shines in loss to Oklahoma State

FIESTA BOWL — Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was pretty hard on himself after the Cardinal lost to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. Looking at his stat line, though, he might have been too hard.
BY TRAVIS HANEY, Staff Writer, thaney@opubco.com Published: January 3, 2012
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — One of the more ballyhooed college quarterbacking careers ended here late Monday night.

And it ended with a loss for Stanford's Andrew Luck.

“I'm as much to blame as the next guy,” Luck said after Oklahoma State's 41-38 Fiesta Bowl victory the Cardinal.

Luck's mechanics don't need much work; he's easily the top prospect for the April draft. But his ability to analyze a game evidently needs some fine-tuning.

That was a statement made by a player being overly hard on himself, considering Cardinal kicker Jordan Williamson missed a mid-range field goal that would have won the game at the end of regulation.

If you look at a stat sheet, it's impossible to believe what Luck said. If you watched the game, it becomes downright laughable.

Luck went 27 for 31 for 347 yards and two touchdowns. It was his second-highest yardage total of the year and it tied his fewest number of incompletions in 2011.

“He played as good as he could have played tonight,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.

But Luck's career at Stanford will be remembered for what he did over the course of the past three seasons, to get the Cardinal to BCS games the past two years and prop up a middling program.

“Since he's officially not completely mine anymore, I will completely go over the top,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “He's a hall-of-fame college football player. They come around every 20 years or so.”

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