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Oklahoma State football: Quinn Sharp's redemption kick caps Cowboys' wild ride

OSU 41, STANFORD 38 (OT) — Quinn Sharp's field goal capped a sensational effort by Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon and covered for some of Oklahoma State's other shortcomings, including his.
By GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: January 3, 2012

/articleid/3637211/1/pictures/1602432">Photo - Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp (13) kicks the game-winning field goal during the Fiesta Bowl between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Stanford Cardinal at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp (13) kicks the game-winning field goal during the Fiesta Bowl between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Stanford Cardinal at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Following Williamson's second miss, Colton Chelf sent OSU into a momentary frenzy when he snagged a 25-yard pass from Weeden and appeared to score. A replay review showed he was tacked just shy of the goal line. But Sharp's kick sailed through the uprights two plays later to give OSU its first-ever 12-win season and BCS bowl victory.

“When the opportunity arose, I just wanted to make it count for those guys (on offense and defense),” Sharp said.

OSU gained just 13 rushing yards and ran 24 fewer plays than Stanford. But Weeden and Justin Blackmon connected eight times for 186 yards and three touchdowns in their final game as teammates.

And in the offensive shootout that was generally expected, the Cowboys did just enough.

“I have a lot of faith in our players and our coaches,” Gundy said. “This is a big, big game. And I'm excited. But I just let them do it.”

Said Weeden: “I would say this is probably the biggest win in Oklahoma State football history. This is the 12th win, and it's never been done.

“This season has been an unbelievable ride.”


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