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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

What a season. What a ballgame.

What a night for names that will be remembered for as long as football is played at Boone Pickens Stadium. What a night for jersey numbers that make you check your program.

What a night not just for Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, but for Colton Chelf and Alex Elkins and Caleb Lavey.

Oklahoma State's Cowboys capped the greatest football season in school history with an epic Fiesta Bowl victory. OSU beat Stanford 41-38 in overtime Monday night.

Stanford had Andrew Luck, but OSU had Lady Luck. The Cowboys never led until they won. They played from behind all night. But they never lost the faith.

The Cardinal's Jordan Williamson missed a 35-yard field goal on the final play of regulation, then a 43-yarder in overtime, which meant the Cowboys could play for Quinn Sharp's field goal in the extra session.

They almost didn't need it, when Weeden's rifle pass to fellow former walkon Chelf went for an apparent touchdown. Instead, replay review counted Chelf down at the 1-yard line, so Sharp was summoned for a 22-yard field goal that won it.

“Colton's been doing it every day in practice,” Weeden said. “We just saw some things that they do defensively. Their linebackers are really aggressive. We just liked the way he went about his business.”

Yep, Weeden2Chelf. Just the way we drew it up. Of course, Chelf (five catches, 97 yards) had the chance to be the hero because that other receiver, Blackmon, played a game for the ages.

Blackmon had eight catches for 186 yards (all in the second and fourth quarters) and three touchdowns. Most of his damage was made on slants, catching the ball and shaking off Stanford tacklers.

And Weeden sealed his legend with a 399-yard, three-TD game. Would have been 400 yards and four touchdowns had Chelf's touchdown stood.

No matter. The Weeden legacy is set. Greatest quarterback, greatest team, and now one of the greatest games in school history.

“I can't say enough about the job that Brandon did,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Every time we got down, we were resilient and came back. What a great job by our players.”

A rousing rally in overtime for the third-ranked Cowboys against fourth-ranked Stanford. A statement that this team sure would have been interesting playing down in New Orleans in the Big Bowl against LSU, no matter how Alabama does next week.

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by Berry Tramel
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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