OSU football caps amazing season with Fiesta Bowl victory

BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer, jcarlson@opubco.com Modified: January 3, 2012 at 12:19 am •  Published: January 2, 2012

Stanford scored on its next possession, putting OSU in a double-digit hole, but the Cowboys responded with back-to-back scoring drives — and the touchdowns came from a familiar pair. Weeden connected with Justin Blackmon, the game’s offensive most valuable player, on a 43-yard pass, then on a 67-yard pass.

And the shoot-out was on.

Stanford rolled up 590 yards while OSU had 416 yards.

But when that field goal sailed wide left at the end of regulation, the Cowboy defense stepped up. It kept the Cardinal from gaining any yards in the first overtime.

“We knew we could get a stop,” Gilbert said. “We have leaders on defense, senior leaders that got in our heads a little bit.”

The Cowboys forced the Cardinal to attempt a 43-yard kick. That’s when Jordan Williamson missed his third field goal of the game.

He’d missed three field goals the entire season coming in this game.

On OSU’s overtime possession, it got a big play on second and long. Weeden hooked up with Colton Chelf, a former walk-on receiver who everyone thought had scored. A huge celebration erupted on the field.

Only a review revealed his knee was down before the ball crossed the goal line.

The Cowboys took a knee on first and goal to center the ball for a 22-yard field-goal attempt. Sharp, who’d missed a potential game-winner at Iowa State in OSU’s only loss, put this game-winner down the middle.

“You’ve got to give Stanford a lot of credit,” Weeden said. “That’s a good football team.”

But on this night, the Cowboys were better.

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