Oklahoma State hopes for split national title

NO. 3 OKLA. ST. 41, NO. 4 STANFORD 38

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Oklahoma State has its chance to be in the national-championship conversation.

All the Cowboys need now is a little help from Alabama.

Surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and getting a big kick of its own in overtime, No. 3 Oklahoma State opened the door for the chance at a split national championship with a wildly entertaining 41-38 win over No. 4 Stanford on Monday night.

“There is nothing we can do from here,” said Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, who tied the Fiesta Bowl record with three touchdown catches. “I do think we do have the best team in the nation.”

Oklahoma State (12-1) kept pace with Andrew Luck and the high-scoring Cardinal (11-2), getting huge performances from its two stars, Brandon Weeden and Blackmon, in their final college game. Weeden threw for 399 yards and the three touchdowns to Blackmon, who announced he’s leaving for the NFL after catching eight passes for 186 yards.

All that and the Cowboys’ fortunes came down to two legs, those of Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson and their own Quinn Sharp.

Williamson couldn’t come through. The redshirt freshman missed a 35-yard field goal as time expired in regulation and another from 43 yards to open overtime.

Given a chip shot after Weeden hit Colton Chelf on a 24-yard pass – initially ruled a touchdown but overturned on review – Sharp came through, sending his 22-yard field goal through the uprights.


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