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OSU football caps greatest season in school history with epic Fiesta Bowl victory

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — The Oklahoma State football team got outstanding performances from the usual places — Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden — and a few unusual places — Colton Chelf and Alex Elkins — in the biggest and best win in Cowboys football history.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 3, 2012

But enough of that. Let's not think about what ifs. Let's focus on what is.

Whale of a ballgame. Stanford's Luck was unbelievably good. Stanford's offense was the same – OSU's defense got only one second-half stop, and that on an unforced fumble.

But OSU's offense was equal to the task. Twice the Cowboys took the field in the fourth quarter. Both times, OSU trailed by seven points. Both times, Weeden and Co. produced a touchdown.

Each possession was punctuated by amazing throws.

On 3rd-and-8 from the OSU 42-yard line, Weeden zipped an arrow on a deep-out pattern to Josh Cooper, good for 18 yards. NFL throw. Upper-half-of-NFL-quarterbacks throw. Five plays later, another Weeden to Blackmon pass tied the game.

Then with 3 1/2 minutes left in the game, 4th-and-3 from the OSU 40-yard line, Mike Gundy disdained a punt. Great call. The Cowboys had shown no sign of stopping Stanford.

It was do or die. Weeden and Blackmon did. The Cowboys went to their best play, the Blackmon slant, and Blackmon speared another Weeden bullet and carried Stanford defenders to a 21-yard gain.

Three plays later, the Cowboys had another tie, and the game was in Luck's hands. Until it was on Williamson's foot.

Gundy said he had a feeling something good would happen, and it did, when Williamson pulled the kick.

That gave OSU life, and in overtime, the defense finally reared its head. Linebackers Elkins and Lavey nailed stud tailback Stepfan Taylor for a three-yard loss, setting up a 3rd-and-13. Then safety Markelle Martin stuffed flanker Ty Montgomery on a short pass.

When Williamson missed again, this time from 43 yards, it was all over but the shouting. Weeden, and Chelf, and finally Sharp ended a rousing Fiesta Bowl that was just as good as the bowlmakers hoped it would be.

“It's a very special win,” Gundy said.

Very special win on a very special night.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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