Big 12: Ty Montgomery

Halftime: Stanford 21, OSU 21

January, 2, 2012
1/02/12
10:24
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Some first-half thoughts from the Fiesta Bowl.

Turning point: On fourth-and-4 at the Stanford 32, Brandon Weeden hit Justin Blackmon for 23 yards with less than a minute in the half, setting up first-and-goal. On third-and-goal at the 2, Weeden took it in himself to knot the score at 21-21. It was Weeden's first career rushing touchdown.

Stat of the half: After only 13 three-and-out drives all season, the Cardinal already have two in the first half.

Best player for Stanford: Linebacker Jarek Lancaster is having a fantastic game. He’s made several open-field tackles -- including two on critical third downs -- and been in on several others.

Best player for Oklahoma State: Blackmon became the first wide receiver to gain more than 100 yards on the Cardinal this season. Through the first 30 minutes, he has four catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Best tackle of a teammate: Jeremy Stewart taking down Ty Montgomery on a kickoff that Montgomery thought about taking 5 yards deep out of the end zone. As Montgomery approached the line, Stewart brought him down. The form was questionable and it might have been helmet-to-helmet, but no flag was thrown.

Best fan-made sign in the stands: “Superman wears Andrew Luck socks.”

First Quarter: Stanford 7, OSU 0

January, 2, 2012
1/02/12
9:37
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A little different start than the Rose Bowl.

The lone touchdown was a 53-yard, play-action touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Ty Montgomery.

Outside of that, we haven't seen too many offensive highlights (though Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor already has 61 yards on six carries).

This was the first time all season OSU had been held scoreless in the first quarter.

However, we've had plenty of defensive highlights from both teams.

Among the top defensive plays of the quarter:
  • Terrence Brown picking off Brandon Weeden on his first pass attempt of the game. Justin Gilbert also grabbed his fifth interception of the year off of Luck at the end of the quarter. Though neither team could turn the interceptions into points.
  • OSU's Richetti Jones sacking Luck on a crucial third down (just the 10th sack the Cardinal have allowed this season).
  • Stanford linebacker Jarek Lancaster making an outstanding open-field tackle on Isaiah Anderson -- also on third down.

Historic quarter for Oklahoma State

January, 2, 2012
1/02/12
9:31
PM ET
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Not at all what we expected early here in the Fiesta Bowl.

Stanford's defense has defended OSU's weapons well, and leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter because of it.

It's the first time Oklahoma State's been shut out in the first quarter all season. That's amazing. The Cowboys can't get open downfield, and Brandon Weeden hasn't been sharp, missing on a few throws and underthrowing Justin Blackmon into zone coverage for an interception on his first attempt.

The offense looks rusty and Weeden looks a bit confused by some of the coverages he's seen. That interception was the only time he targeted Blackmon in the quarter, too.

Oklahoma State has defended the run really well outside of a couple plays, but Andrew Luck burned the Cowboys on a play-action pass to Ty Montgomery for a 53-yard score. Look for more of that over the final three quarters.

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