Said Reynolds, "We came out fired up, flying around.”
With the Sooner defense flying around, Stanford’s only scoring after halftime was a Nick Whitaker 21-yard field goal, which was set up by a controversial call.
While trying to field a punt, Ryan Broyles was crashed into by a Stanford defender, which caused Broyles to fumble the ball to the Cardinal. Officials waved off a catch interference penalty, declaring the defender had been pushed into Broyles, giving Stanford possession at the OU 36.
But inside the 10, the Sooner defense bowed its back, stuffing Gerhart on three straight runs to force the field goal.
"After they got that call, we were like, give ’em another down. Bring it on,” Lewis said. "We were so fired up and emotional in the second half.”
Gerhart did manage to run for 56 yards in the second half. But 26 of that came on a play in which the Sooners had only 10 players on the field.
Other than that, Gerhart, who was visibly beat up after the game with bruises up and down his arms, was punished at the line of scrimmage snap after snap. When Gerhart did get yardage, it came small and came tough.
Which is why Stanford threw with the game on the line. Two yards were too many against OU’s front.
Said Reynolds, "Means we were getting after Gerhart pretty good.”