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Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez (20) intercepts a pass against Notre Dame during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl football game Jan. 1.
Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez (20) intercepts a pass against Notre Dame during the second half of the Fiesta Bowl football game Jan. 1.

Sports Fans were treated to a variety and abundance of games through the week between Christmas and the New Year.

 

Alamo Bowl

OU 47, Oregon 32

 

Let’s head down south first to San Antonio, Texas, where Oklahoma won the Alamo Bowl, 47-32, against the Oregon Ducks. This was a big game for Sooner fans for lots of different reasons. Having Hall of Fame interim head coach Bob Stoops on the sideline calling the shots and Caleb Williams on the field wearing crimson and cream was a big deal.

Let’s not forget Kennedy Brooks who ran for 142 yards and scored three touchdowns. Williams passed for three more touchdowns. - one to Bob’s son, Drake. Williams also connected with Marvin Mims, Jr. for a 55-yard touchdown pass. OU dominated the first half, and Oregon came out in the second half ready to try and make it a game. The Ducks outscored the Sooners in the third quarter, 22-14, off of a few deep passes, but it wasn’t enough to put them over the top.

After the game, Stoops transferred his signature visor to incoming head coach Brent Venables and the Sooners should bee riding this momentum into the 2022 season when OU opens Sept. 3 against Texas-El Paso.

 

Fiesta Bowl

OSU 37, Notre Dame 35

 

Now, let’s head out west to Glendale, Ariz., where the Oklahoma State Cowboys met up with the fifth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and got the 37-35 win on New Year’s Day. The Cowboys were coming off a disappointing loss in the Big XII Championship game against Baylor, but somehow managed to find and hide the Irish’e lucky 4-leaf clover.

OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders chalked up 34 completions out of 51 attempts for 371 yards with 17 carries. He set a Fiesta Bowl record for total offense. Running Back Jaylen Warren had 19 carries for 82 yards.

The Irish started strong with a 21-point lead in the first half. Their quarterback Jack Coan threw for a career-high and Fiesta Bowl record 509 yards, including five touchdowns. A few costly fumbles from the Pokes didn’t help the Cowboys, but the third-ranked defense in the nation managed to slow the Irish down in the second half.

OSU’s 21-point comeback was the largest in Fiesta Bowl history. The Cowboy scored 30 straight points and overcame a three-touchdown deficit. According to the Pistols Firing Blog, Oklahoma Stat had only come back from a bigger deficit one time, back in 1979 when the cowboys trailed Colorado 20-0 before scoring 21 unanswered points to pull off the 21-20 win. OSU finished the season 12-2, which is only the second time inn school history for a 12-win season.

 

Big XII basketball

 

Heading up north, two nationally-ranked Big XII basketball teams squared off in Ames, Iwoa, when the No. 8 Iowa State Cyclones hosted the No. 1 Baylor Bears on Jan. 1. It was only the fourth Division I matchup of 12-0 teams in 40 years. The 77-71 win by the Bears handed Iowa State their first loss of the season. The Bears are now onn a 19-game winning streak and are among a group of three unbeaten teams left. Baylor had to overcome foul trouble and 19 turnovers to secure the close win.

 

OU basketball

 

Oklahoma University’s men and women teams both had wins over the holiday break. The men opened their conference schedule with a 71-69 win at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman over Kansas State. Elijah Harkless led five scorers who finished in double figures with 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting and 4-for-4 from three. They are now 11-2, 1-0 Big XII and crossed the Red River to take on No. 1 nationally ranked Baylor Bears. on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The score was not available at press time.

Thee women also notched their first conference win on Sunday, Jan. 2, inLubbock with a 97-91 score over Texas Tech. For the first time in about five years the OU women’s basketball team is ranked in the national Top 25 poll. The Sooners are on a nine-game winning streak and are ranked at No. 23. It’s the best overall start for the women since the 2006-07 season, when the team started 17-1. They are currently 12-1 and played host to Iowa State on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The score was not available at press time.

 

OSU basketball

 

The Cowboys are 7-4 on the season. Their last two games have been either postponed or cancelled and opened Big XII Conference play when they hosted Kansas on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The score was not available at press time.

The Cowgirls are 5-5, 0-1, and played host to Kansas State on Wednesday, Jan. 5. The score was not available at press time. OSU dropped their home conference opener to Texas on Sunday, Jan. 2, 51-62