Sooners shine in the Sun, 31-27
EL PASO, Texas — The combination of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles was almost unstoppable for Oklahoma.
And while the Sooners' steely defense couldn't quite stop Toby Gerhart, yards were hard to come by for the Heisman Trophy runner-up.
Broyles set a Sun Bowl record with three touchdown receptions, Jones passed for 418 yards and Oklahoma slowed Gerhart just enough to beat No. 19 Stanford, 31-27, yesterday.
"It was a total business trip," said Jones, who completed 30 of 51 with one interception. "We were coming down here to take care of business. The game plan, the way we prepared, it was really good this week."
Jones took over as Oklahoma's quarterback after 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was injured in an opening loss to BYU.
Broyles finished with 156 yards receiving and set Oklahoma's single-game record with 13 receptions in front of a Sun Bowl record crowd of 53,713.
Jones found Broyles on TD strikes of 30, 13 and 6 yards, and the Sooners (8-5) led for good at 31-24 after DeMarco Murray flipped across the goal line late in the third quarter.
Gerhart, who led the nation with 1,736 yards rushing, ran for 135 on 32 carries and scored two TDs in the first half for Stanford (8-5).
IOWA ST. HANGS ON
TEMPE, Ariz. — Alexander Robinson ran for 137 yards, and Austen Arnaud threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Iowa State defeated Minnesota, 14-13, in the Insight Bowl last night, capping the Cyclones' first winning season since 2005.
The Cyclones (7-6) overcame four turnovers by Arnaud, who threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles, to win for the third time in 10 bowl games.
Minnesota's Adam Weber threw for 261 yards and a score, and Kyle Theret picked off two passes for the Golden Gophers (6-7), who became the first three-time Insight Bowl loser.
VIRGINIA TECH ROLLS
ATLANTA — Ryan Williams capped a brilliant first season with a record-setting game, running for two touchdowns to power Virginia Tech past Tennessee, 37-14, in the Chick-fil-A Bowl last night.
The Hokies (10-3) took the lead with a field goal in the final seconds of the first half and outscored Tennessee 20-0 in the second half on their way to a sixth straight 10-win season.
The only team with a longer active streak is Texas with nine.
Williams, a redshirt freshman, had 117 yards rushing to become Virginia Tech's single-season rushing leader with 1,655 yards. Williams also set Atlantic Coast Conference records with 21 rushing touchdowns and 22 total touchdowns this season.
The Hokies outrushed Tennessee (7-6), 229-5.