NCAA Game Summary - Oklahoma vs. Stanford
(Thursday, December 31st)
Final Score: Oklahoma 31, (19) Stanford 27
El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Landry Jones threw for 418 yards and found Ryan Broyles with three touchdown strikes, as Oklahoma got its first bowl win in four years with a 31-27 defeat of 19th-ranked Stanford in the Sun Bowl.
Jones finished 30-of-51 passing with one interception, while Broyles was his go-to receiver, making 13 catches for 156 yards. DeMarco Murray ran for the eventual game-winning score in the third quarter for the Sooners (8-5), whose defense held on in the final frame to secure the victory.
Oklahoma had lost five of its last six bowl appearances, with that lone win coming in the 2005 Holiday Bowl against Oregon. Since then, the Sooners had lost back-to-back Fiesta Bowl appearances, as well as the BCS title game last season to Florida.
Thursday's victory also puts a positive note on a 2009 season that did not pan out as expected after quarterback Sam Bradford suffered a shoulder injury in the season-opener. Bradford, the Heisman Trophy winner last season, re-injured the shoulder when he attempted to return a few weeks later and played in only three games this season.
Stanford (8-5) was making its first bowl appearance since 2001 but failed to come away with the win despite having chances down the stretch. The Cardinal were led by Toby Gerhart, this year's Heisman runner-up, as he ran for 135 yards and two scores.
Tavita Pritchard, playing for injured starter Andrew Luck, completed 8-of-19 passes for 117 yards with two interceptions.
Stanford held a 24-17 lead at halftime, but Oklahoma stormed back with a pair of scores in the third quarter.
The first came on the opening drive of the second half, when Jones found Broyles over the middle from six yards out. Broyles got some separation after Quinn Evans slipped in coverage.
After a series of punts, Oklahoma got the ball back at the Stanford 42 following a 42-yard return by Broyles. It took the Sooners four plays to get into the end zone again, as Murray dove into the end zone from a yard out to make it a 31-24 Oklahoma lead with 2:59 left in the frame.
Stanford had to punt on the ensuing possession, but caught a break after Broyles fumbled upon receiving the ball. Johnson Bademosi hit Broyles as the ball came in, but officials ruled it Cardinal ball.
Stanford was set up at the Oklahoma 36 and eventually had a 1st-and-goal at the eight. But Gerhart was bottled up, and Nate Whitaker kicked a 21-yard field goal a little more than two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Oklahoma ate up six minutes of game clock later in the quarter, but came up empty after Patrick O'Hara missed a 32-yarder.
With more than three minutes to go, the Cardinal had time for a potential go- ahead score. But faced with a 4th-and-2 from the Stanford 28, Pritchard scrambled and heaved up a wobbly pass, which fell incomplete. The Sooners ran out the clock from there, though Jones appeared to suffer a knee injury on the final play.
Oklahoma got on the scoreboard about 2 1/2 minutes into the game, on Jones' 30-yard scoring strike to Broyles.
The Sooners lost defensive tackle Adrian Taylor on the ensuing Stanford series, as he left on the back of a cart with his left leg wrapped in a cast.
Stanford evened the game later in the quarter, after Bo McNally stepped in front of Jones' pass and returned it to the Oklahoma 14. Owen Marecic then got into the end zone from one yard out with 6:21 left.
O'Hara kicked a 28-yarder with 58 seconds left to make it a 10-7 Sooners lead moving to the second. Gerhart ran for a 19-yard score a little more than three minutes into the new quarter, though the Sooners took the lead back after going 93 yards in under two minutes.
Jones capped the quick drive when he found Broyles on a crossing route for a 13-yard score that put Oklahoma up 17-14.
Stanford went back on top with 6:19 left on a fortunate fumble recovery. From the Oklahoma 17, Gerhart took the handoff, bounced off one tackler and spun away from another while on his way to end zone. The Sooners' Ronnell Lewis punched the ball out as Gerhart was about to cross the goal line, sending the ball bouncing, but Gerhart recovered for the score.
Stanford got the ball back deep in Oklahoma territory after Richard Sherman came flying in to block the Sooners' punt. However, the Cardinal managed just a 35-yarder from Whitaker with 3:57 left in the half.
Broyles set an OU bowl record with three TD receptions; it was also a Sun Bowl record...Broyles' 13 receptions set an Oklahoma single-game record, and gave him 86 for the season, setting another Sooners record...Oklahoma totaled 477 yards, while Stanford had 262...Chris Brown was the Sooners' leading rusher with 46 yards...Stanford's last bowl win came in the 1996 Sun Bowl...OU owns a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series between the schools.
12/31 20:06:27 ET