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Oklahoma State defeats Stanford 41-38 in overtime to win Fiesta Bowl

PHOENIX — Oklahoma State ended the regular season arguing that it belonged in the national championship game.

It took a long time for the Cowboys to back it up with a victory Monday night.

Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime, after his Stanford counterpart missed one chance to win it and one to take the lead in OT, and the Cowboys (12-1) won the Fiesta Bowl, 41-38

Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson, a redshirt freshman, missed a 35-yard kick that would have won it on the final play of regulation, then missed a 43-yarder on the Cardinal's possession in overtime. The sophomore pulled both kicks wide left.

The Cowboys took over and Brandon Weeden hit Colton Chelf on a pass to the right and the officials initially indicated that the former walk-on scored a touchdown.

After a video review, Weeden kneeled to place the ball at the center of the field, setting up Sharp's winning kick.

"Our players are very resilient," Cowboys coach Mike Gundy told ESPN after the game. "I felt like if it went into overtime, we'd find a way to win it. … Oklahoma State has come a long way. We have people who are willing to pay the price.''

Justin Blackmon had eight catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma State. Immediately after the game the All-American, a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best receiver, told ESPN he intended to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

That the Cowboys' 38 regulation points weren't enough was down —- mostly — to the brilliance of Andrew Luck.

The Stanford quarterback, a two-time Heisman Trophy runnerup and consensus No. 1 prospect in April's NFL draft, went an incredible 27-of-31 for 347 yards and two touchdowns.

Luck appeared to have won the game by going 8-of-8 in the fourth quarter for the Cardinal (11-2), first putting his team up 38-31 with a 13-play, seven-minute drive and then the two-minute drill that set up Williamson for the missed field goal on the final play of regulation.

The most anticipated postseason game outside of the BCS championship, the Fiesta Bowl was an impressive offensive show, two of the nation's best teams trading big plays and scores.

Oklahoma State won in its first BCS bowl game, putting in one last bid to appeal for a chance to stake claim at being No. 1 in the Associated Press poll should Alabama beat undefeated LSU in the BCS title game.

Billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens says Oklahoma State should receive first-place votes in the AP poll if the Cowboys had romped.

But the Cowboys never led until the final play. Alabama, Oklahoma State and Stanford all had one loss entering the bowls.

No. 3 Oklahoma St. 41

No. 4 Stanford 38

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