AP file photoFiesta time: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will try to lead the Cardinal to a second straight BCS bowl game victory on Monday.

AP file photoFiesta time: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will try to lead the Cardinal to a second straight BCS bowl game victory on Monday.

Offensive explosion expected from Stanford, Oklahoma State in Fiesta Bowl

When it comes to his first game of the New Year, David Shaw doesn’t have to think too hard about what to worry about.

“The thing is, they can catch you sleeping,” Shaw said of Big-12 Conference champion Oklahoma State, who he’ll he encounter in Monday’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. “One guy’s out of place, and they get a 60-yard touchdown.”

Fortunately for Shaw, his guys haven’t been caught napping much this season. Under the first-year coach, the Cardinal have finessed and rushed their way to a second consecutive BCS bowl game appearance and an 11-1 season.  

But in the fellow 11-1 Cowboys, Stanford doesn’t only have a vaunted offense — which is led by quarterback Brandon Weeden and receiver Justin Blackmon — to worry about.

“Their defense has given up some yards, but has taken the ball away a lot,” Shaw said. “So for us, ball security is paramount. And you gotta score touchdowns against these guys, because you can move the ball and kick field goals and still lose by a bunch.”

Scoring touchdowns is something that Stanford’s star quarterback, Andrew Luck, has had a knack for this season, passing for 3,170 yards with 35 touchdowns, while only tossing nine interceptions. 

“I hope it will resonate in the history of Stanford football. I think we’ve done some pretty remarkable stuff so far,” said Luck, who beat Virginia Tech in last year’s Orange Bowl. “We obviously want to finish it out on a high note against a good Oklahoma State team.”

And besides being led by one of the best quarterbacks — and players — in college football today, Stanford can run the ball, too.

“I think in this game, on both sides, you have probably two of the more underrated running backs in the nation,” Shaw said, speaking of the Cardinal’s Stepfan Taylor and Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle, who both recorded more than 1,000 yards in 2011.

And while Stanford — and Luck — enter Monday’s matchup with plenty with of questions as to what will happen next year, one thing remains clear as the date with Oklahoma State looms.

“I realize the time is limited with all your buddies,” Luck said, who should be in the NFL by this time next year. “But more importantly, just focusing on trying to win and enjoying those moments. If we lose, it won’t be as fun as winning … again.”

 

Fiesta Bowl

Stanford (11-1) vs. Oklahoma St. (11-1)

WHEN: Monday, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

TV: ESPN

RADIO: KTCT (1050 AM)

collegeCollege Sportsfootballsports

Just Posted

Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Is San Francisco’s elections director impeding voting machine progress?

Open source technology could break up existing monopoly

The 49ers take on the Packers in Week 3 of the NFL season, before heading into a tough stretch of divisional opponents. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
‘Good for Ball’ or ‘Bad for Ball’ — A Niners analysis

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner What’s the first thing that… Continue reading

Health experts praised Salesforce for keeping its Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center outdoors and on a small scale. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Happy birthday, Marc Benioff. Your company did the right thing

Salesforce kept Dreamforce small, which made all kinds of sense

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”
Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

The Grove in Golden Gate Park is maintained largely by those who remember San Francisco’s 20,000 AIDS victims.<ins> (Open Eye Pictures/New York Times)</ins>
Looking at COVID through the SF prism of AIDS

AIDS took 40 years to claim 700,000 lives. COVID surpassed that number in 21 months

Most Read