Cowboys: See you later, Sooners

Upset loss means Oklahoma won't be repeating as national champs

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2001

NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma's run to the national title last year included a close call against Oklahoma State. This year, the Sooners didn't escape.

Freshman Josh Fields threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Rashaun Woods with 1:36 remaining to give Oklahoma State a 16-13 victory Saturday, ending the No. 4 Sooners' hopes of repeating as champions.

The loss also knocked the Sooners out of the Big 12 race. They would have secured the Big 12 South Division title by winning, but instead Texas will go to the league's title game next week against Colorado.

''I told our players I don't want to hear any of this excuses stuff or us looking toward the Big 12 championship game or anything else, because I felt good about our week of practice. I really did,'' coach Bob Stoops said. ''The bottom line is we just got outplayed today.''

Oklahoma (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) wound up with zero yards rushing, which was due in part to Nate Hybl being sacked seven times by a defense that had just 18 sacks in the first 10 games.

The loss ended a 19-game home winning streak for Oklahoma, which came into the game rated third in the Bowl Championship Series standings. All that's meaningless now.

''We fought and scrapped this year in a good way,'' Stoops said. ''It finally got to a point where we couldn't do it.''

Oklahoma State (4-7, 2-6) entered the game as a 27-point underdog, and with good reason. The defense had given up at least 424 yards in each of the previous six games, including 517 a week ago in a victory over last-place Baylor.

But the Cowboys, who lost 12-7 to Oklahoma a year ago, stuffed the Sooners' running game and intercepted Hybl three times, then the offense managed to put together the crucial touchdown drive in the closing minutes.

''This team has too much character to quit. It's not a part of their makeup,'' first-year coach Les Miles said. ''They kept telling us that they're a good football team, and just needed the right day and opportunity to show it.''

Oklahoma never really got going on offense. The one touchdown, an 8-yard run by Quentin Griffin in the second quarter, came on a drive that began at the Oklahoma State 14 after an interception. Otherwise the Sooners got two field goals from Tim Duncan, the second one coming with 8:48 left in the game to make the score 13-6.

The Cowboys made it 13-9 when Luke Phillips kicked his second 52-yard field goal, with 7:31 to play. The OSU defense then held Oklahoma to two straight three-and-outs before the Cowboys started their final drive, which covered 65 yards in six plays.

''We never lost hope on offense,'' Wood said. ''The defense was doing a great job all day. We knew we were going to come through. There was no other way.''

Fields, who replaced Aso Pogi on the fourth series of the game, completed a 15-yard pass to Woods to move the Cowboys to midfield. Moments later, on third and 7 from the Oklahoma 45, he threw down the middle to T.D. Bryant, who caught the ball in front of safety Roy Williams for a 31-yard gain to the 14.

Then he hit Woods in the left corner of the end zone for the game-winner.

''That last drive, it was kind of one of those things you dream about, coming down and ending the game with a score,'' Field said.

Oklahoma went four-and-out on its next possession, then took over one last time at its 26 with 16 seconds left. On first down, Hybl's pass was intercepted by Marcus Jones to end the game.

''They outplayed us in every position,'' defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson said. ''We practiced well all week and we were confident coming into this game. We just didn't do what we needed to do, and OSU did.''

Fields wound up 19-of-38 for 231 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Hybl was 22-of-48 with three interceptions.

Woods had eight catches to become Oklahoma State's single-season leader in receptions. He finished with 80, six more than the record set by Hart Lee Dykes in 1988.

No. 1 Miami 65, No. 12 Washington 7

MIAMI -- Ken Dorsey passed for 189 yards and three touchdown passes, and Clinton Portis scored three times as Miami avenged its only loss last season.

In a week filled with upsets, Miami (10-0) moved within a victory of securing a spot in the Rose Bowl and a chance for its fifth national championship.

The Hurricanes, behind three turnovers and a quick-striking offense, scored 30 second-quarter points and led 37-0 at halftime.

 

Miami's Jerome McDougle (95) holds a recovered fumbled ball in the air as Washington's Todd Bachert (72) and Elliott Zajac (75) look on Saturday Nov. 24, 2001 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Miami defeated the Huskies 65-7.

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

Miami cruised from there, sitting most of its starters for the entire fourth quarter and making sure they remained healthy for the season finale next Saturday at Virginia Tech.

Cody Pickett was 14-of-29 passing for 157 yards for Washington (8-3). He fumbled twice, threw five interceptions and was sacked four times. He had two more passes fall through the hands of Miami defenders in the first half.

Washington's last trip to the Orange Bowl ended with the Huskies snapping Miami's NCAA-record, home-winning streak at 58. This one ended with the Hurricanes extended their winning streak to a nation-best 20 games.

No. 7 Tennessee 38, Vanderbilt 0

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Donte Stallworth scored two touchdowns and Alex Walls kicked three field goals in Tennessee 19th straight victory over their in-state rival.

Tennessee (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) only beat the Commodores (2-8, 0-7) by two points last year and was looking for a good showing before next weekend's showdown at No. 3 Florida.

Stallworth returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown and turned a short pass from Casey Clausen into an 80-yard score. Clausen also threw a touchdown pass to Kelley Washington in the first half.

Vanderbilt quarterback Greg Zolman was sacked four times and intercepted twice, each time setting up Tennessee scores.

Ohio St. 26, No. 11 Michigan 20

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Jonathan Wells ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns as Ohio State built a 23-point halftime lead en route to its first victory at Michigan since 1987.

The Buckeyes (7-4, 5-3) prevented Michigan (8-3, 6-2) from sharing the Big Ten title and playing in the Fiesta, Sugar or Orange Bowl. Illinois won the outright Big Ten title and will represent the conference in the Bowl Championship Series.

Craig Krenzel, in his first start for Ohio State, was 11-of-18 for 118 yards and an interception. He replaced Steve Bellisari who was arrested for drunken driving just over a week ago.

Ohio State safety Mike Doss made his eighth and ninth interceptions of the season.

Michigan's Marquise Walker caught 15 passes, which tied his own school record, for 160 yards and two TDs. He moved past Anthony Carter as the school's leading receiver with 171 receptions.

No. 13 Stanford 17, Notre Dame 13

STANFORD, Calif. -- Kenneth Tolon scored on a 1-yard pitch with 1:08 to play as Stanford woke up its slumbering offense just in time for a rain-soaked victory over Notre Dame.

Casey Moore also scored on a late run as the Cardinal (8-2), ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and ninth in total offense, struggled mightily through the first 3 1/2 quarters against Notre Dame's defense at a drenched Stanford Stadium.

But Stanford put together two impressive scoring drives in the fourth quarter to end the bowl hopes of Notre Dame (4-6), which fell to 1-9 in night games under coach Bob Davie.

Tank Williams intercepted Matt LoVecchio's pass with 54 seconds left to seal the victory.

No. 19 Georgia 31, No. 21 Georgia Tech 17

ATLANTA -- Verron Haynes ran for 207 yards and Billy Bennett kicked six field goals as Georgia snapped a three-year losing streak to Georgia Tech.

Tim Wansley returned an interception for the clinching touchdown as the Bulldogs (7-3) strengthened their bowl hopes.

Coach Mark Richt beat Georgia Tech (7-4) in his first try. His predecessor, Jim Donnan, was fired in large part because he couldn't win against Georgia's biggest rivals.

Bennett matched the Southeastern Conference mark for field goals in a game, joining Auburn's Al Del Greco, Florida's Bobby Raymond and Phillip Doyle of Alabama.

No. 20 Marshall. 38, Youngstown St. 24

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Byron Leftwich threw three touchdown passes, including a 14-yarder to Josh Davis in the fourth quarter as Marshall held off Division I-AA Youngstown State.

Marshall (10-1) needed Roberto Terrell's 77-yard interception return with 11 seconds left to stop a Youngstown State comeback and avoid possibly becoming the first ranked team to lose to a I-AA opponent.

Leftwich was held to 208 yards on 25-of-35 passing, 141 below his average. Marshall overcame Youngstown State's P.J. Mays, who rushed 30 times for 201 yards and three touchdowns. His 6-yard TD run on fourth down to start the second half gave the Penguins a 21-17 lead.

No. 22 Syracuse 39, No. 25 Boston College 28

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- James Mungro ran for a career-high 184 yards and two touchdowns as Syracuse beat Boston College to clinch second place in the Big East.

Syracuse (9-3, 6-1) rebounded following an embarrassing 59-0 loss last week at top-ranked Miami.

In his final game at the Carrier Dome, Mungro didn't waste any time making sure it would be a special day. The senior's first carry -- a 15-yard gain -- put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season, just the sixth Syracuse player to accomplish that feat.

His two touchdowns gave him 14 for the season, tying the school record Floyd Little set in 1965. His 29 career touchdowns stand second only to Little's mark of 35.

Boston College's William Green ran for 182 yards and two TDs.



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