Jones sets recordQuarterback Landry Jones threw for an OU-bowl record 418 yards, one shy of the Sun Bowl record set by Purdue’s Kyle Orton in 2001. The previous Sooner bowl best was Josh Heupel’s 390 yards in the 1999 Independence Bowl. "Landry, minus one play, had an outstanding day,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. That one play was a first-quarter interception in which Jones looked past open tight end James Hanna and tried to force the ball to Ryan Broyles. Safety Bo McNally returned the interception 55 yards to set up a Stanford touchdown. "That could have changed the game,” Jones said. "I forced the ball downfield.” Cracked OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, "I forgive you, Landry.”
Stanford out of LuckStanford quarterback Andrew Luck did not dress for the game. He suffered a broken finger in the Nov. 28 season finale and underwent surgery. Coach Jim Harbaugh had said Wednesday that Luck might play. Backup Tavita Pritchard completed just eight of 19 passes for 117 yards and two interceptions. "I would have liked a different result,” said Pritchard, who had 19 career starts before Luck won the job this preseason. "I loved the way these guys, my teammates, fought.”
Sorry, old friendAs great as McCoy played, he made a critical mistake on the final play of the third quarter. McCoy hit Stanford center Chase Beeler late and was flagged for a personal foul that gave the Cardinal a first down at the OU 25-yard line. The Sooners held Stanford to a field goal and kept the lead. Beeler and McCoy were in the same OU recruiting class. Beeler transferred to Stanford after his freshman year. "I had to pop Chase a few times,” McCoy said. "I need to find him. I want to apologize. Actually, I’m not going to.”
Granger fills inSenior defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger, who had missed the entire season after back surgery, played extensively after the first-quarter injury to Adrian Taylor. Granger had three tackles.
Kicking derbyPlace-kicking plagued OU all season. Including in the Sun Bowl. Patrick O’Hara, who claimed the job in November after a season of Sooner failures, missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt that would have given OU a 34-27 lead with 3:21 left in the game. O’Hara clanged a 23-yard field-goal attempt off the right upright in the first quarter. But officials had blown the whistle for a false-start penalty. Given a reprieve, O’Hara made a 28-yard field goal.
Ratterree lifts SoonersTight end Trent Ratterree entered the game with eight catches for 66 yards. Against Stanford, he had three for 86 yards. Ratterree’s 36-yard catch set up the go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter.
Midfield dignitariesStanford history professor Condoleezza Rice, secretary of state in the Bush administration, flipped the coin before the game. Also among the dignitaries at midfield was Jim Plunkett, Stanford’s 1970 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.
Newton inks with AuburnDuring the Sun Bowl, one of OU’s top recruiting targets, junior-college quarterback Cameron Newton, was signing a letter of intent with Auburn. The Tigers announced the signing via the university’s Twitterpage. Newton, considered the No. 1 juco QB in the country out of Blinn (Texas) College, chose the Tigers over OU and Mississippi State.
Broyles, McCoy honoredBroyles was named the Sun Bowl MVP and won the most valuable special teams player award. McCoy was named the most valuable lineman.