Oklahoma Ends Disappointing Season On A Positive Note
by CFP Staff
December 31, 2009
Landry Jones threw for 418 yards with 3 TD passes to Ryan Broyles as Oklahoma halted a 3-bowl losing streak with a 31-27 Sun Bowl victory over Stanford.
The Cardinal have lost three straight bowl games with their last win occurring here in 1996.
After losing 2008 Heisman Trophy-winning QB Sam Bradford in the season opener, Oklahoma suffered through its worst season since head coach Bob Stoops' first team in Norman went 7-5 in 1999. The bowl win gave the Sooners a final record of 8-5.
Stanford was participating in the bowl season for the first time since 2001 in Jim Harbaugh's third season at Palo Alto.
Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart, the runner-up in this year's Heisman voting, carried 32 times for 135 yards and 2 TD's, including a recovery of his own fumble in the endzone.
Stanford was without QB Andrew Luck who underwent surgery to repair a broken index finger. In his absence, Tavita Pritchard made his 20th career start but his first this year. Pritchard completed just 8-of-19 passes for 118 yards and 2 picks. Still, the Cardinal took a 24-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The SOoners outscored Stanford 14-0 in the 3rd quarter on a 6-yard TD pass from Jones to Broyles and a 3-yard TD run by DeMarco Murray.
Stanford cut Oklahoma's lead to 31-27 when it settled for Nate Whittaker's 21-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter, but the Cardinal never got past its own 29-yard line after that.