2012 Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma State vs. Stanford: 5 Key Stats from the First Half

Nick YokoyamaSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 2, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal looks to pass against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The 2012 Fiesta Bowl has not disappointed as the Stanford Cardinal take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys under the lights in Glendale. 

Can the Cardinal and star QB Andrew Luck light up OK State and cement his status as the top NFL prospect? 

We're definitely in for a crazy finish, but first let's take a quick look at five key stats that have told the story of the first half. 


7: INTs on the season for the Cardinal D

The Cardinal nabbed their seventh interception of the season when Terrence Brown picked off Brandon Weeden's first pass of the night. In the second half Stanford needs more strong plays from the secondary as OK State's high-powered offense will continue to go deep. 


53: Yards on Luck's first TD pass to Ty Montgomery 

Midway through the first quarter Luck unloaded a perfect bomb to WR Ty Montgomery. The Cardinal play-action pass worked to perfection as Stanford was able to easily score on a rare deep strike to a WR. 


4/139: Four receptions totaling 139 yards for Cowboys' WR Justin Blackmon

OK State's star WR has torched the Cardinal secondary on two monster TD receptions in the second quarter. Stanford needs to find an answer for Blackmon because he seems to be the Cowboy's only source of offense thus far. 


21:39: Time of possession for Stanford 

The Cardinal has owned the time of possession throughout the beginning of this game. Their patient attack has been effective as they have been able to dictate the pace of the game and keep the Cowboys' quick-strike offense off the field. 


144: Rushing yards for the Cardinal 

Stanford's ground game has been nasty early in this game. RBs Jeremy Stewart and Stepfan Taylor have already broken off a couple of long runs and clutch TDs. Look for much more of this in the second half.