Jordan Williamson missed two late field goals, including a potential game-winner from 35 yards at the end of regulation, as the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal suffered a crushing 41-38 overtime defeat at the hands of the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys Monday night in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
Andrew Luck had an amazing game, completing 27 of 31 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford in defeat. Oklahoma State did not lead at any point in the game until Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to win it. Sharp's field goal came after Williamson missed another kick for Stanford, one of three field goal misses in four attempts for the Stanford kicker.
The loss ended the hopes of the Pac-12 winning two BCS bowl games in the same season for the first time in 11 years. The only time it happened was the 2000 season, when No. 4 Washington beat No. 17 Purdue in the Rose Bowl, and No. 6 Oregon State topped No. 11 Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
Coming into Monday, the Pac-12 was just 1-4 in its five bowl games with an average score of 38-27 against. Here are the results of all seven bowl games for the conference:
- December 22 - MAACO Las Vegas Bowl: No. 8 Boise State 56, Arizona State 24
- December 28 - Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Texas 21, California 10
- December 29 - Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 15 Baylor 67, Washington 56
- December 31 - Hyundai Sun Bowl: Utah 30, Georgia Tech 27 (OT)
- December 31 - Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Illinois 20, UCLA 14
- January 2 - Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio: No. 6 Oregon 45, No. 9 Washington 38
January 2 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Oklahoma State 41, No. 4 Stanford 38
Stanford ended their season at 11-2, while Oregon finished at 12-2. Thus ends the college football campaign for the Pac-12 Conference, one that was very top heavy in 2011.