When Andrew Luck and Brandon Weeden greet each other on the field Sunday morning, it won’t be the first time the two have crossed paths on the gridiron this season.
Luck’s and Stanford fell to Weeden’s Oklahoma State Cowboys 41-38 in overtime in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012.
It took a while, but the shootout between the two future first round quarterbacks lived up the hype.
Compared to the rest of the game, the first quarter had minimal fireworks with Luck providing the lone touchdown.
Cardinal wide receiver Ty Montgomery hauled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from Luck in giving Stanford a 7-0 lead after one quarter.
Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart added a touchdown run early in the second quarter and it appeared the Cardinal were in control.
However, Weeden proved why he set a plethora of school records with a splendid quarter.
Weeden would get the Cowboys on the scoreboard with a 67-yard touchdown pass to fellow future first round draft pick Justin Blackmon.
Stanford answered behind a perfect 5-of-5 drive for 60 yards by Luck. Running back Stepfan Taylor capped off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinal a 21-14 lead late in the second quarter.
With 2:25 left in the first half, the Cowboys were able to use up almost the entire first half clock as Weeden scored from two yards out on a third-and-goal to tie the score at 21 at halftime.
The third quarter was quiet compared to the previous stanza with Luck throwing the only touchdown of the frame.
Tight end Zach Ertz scored on a 16-yard touchdown to regain the lead for the Cardinal.
Oklahoma State kicker Quinn Sharp would add a field goal late in the quarter cutting into the Stanford lead 28-24, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Cardinal knocked in a field goal of their own on the second play of the fourth quarter pushing their lead back to a touchdown.
However, Weeden and Blackmon continued their stellar evening with another touchdown, this one from 17 yards out to tie the game.
Stanford and Oklahoma State would trade rushing touchdowns on the next two possessions with the Cardinal looking to win the game with the scored tied at 38 and 2:35 remaining.
Luck and the offense drove all the way down to the Cowboys 17-yard line but kicker Jordan Williamson missed a game-winning field goal and the teams headed to overtime.
In overtime, the Cardinal struggled to move the football and Williamson’s 43-yard field goal was no good.
Weeden drove the Cowboys down to the Cardinal five-yard line and Sharp connected on a 22-yard game-winning field goal to bring the Fiesta Bowl Trophy back to Stillwater, Okla.
For the game, Luck was 27-of-31 for 341 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Weeden was 29-of-42 for 399 yards, four touchdowns (three passing and one rushing), and one interception.
Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur evaluated the game film from the Fiesta Bowl shootout and saw two quarterbacks he believes will flourish in the NFL.
“It was obvious early on in that game it was going to come down to one of the last possessions,” Shurmur said. “I watched that game and said, both these guys are going to be playing on Sunday and be playing, hopefull,y on Sunday for a long time.”
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