As it turned out, Stanford did have their freshman quarterback sensation, Andrew Luck, at their disposal for their bowl match-up with Oklahoma.
As it turned out again, the Cardinal could’ve used all the Luck they could get.
Behind the strong arm of Landry Jones and the sensational performance of wide receiver Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma held on and downed Stanford 31-27 in the Sun Bowl.
Jones threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns, while Broyles was spectacular with 13 receptions for 156 yards. The sophomore was on the receiving end of all three of Jones’ TD passes.
Senior and Heisman runner-up Toby Gerhart finished off what could be his final game at Stanford with yet another 100-yard game, carrying 32 times for 133 yards. He also scored two of Stanford’s three touchdowns.
Gerhart could petition the NCAA for another year of eligibility — and would likely be granted it — but has not publicly made any concrete decisions. He has, however, slipped up on occasion and indicated that he will enter the 2010 NFL draft.
Tavita Pritchard, starting in place of the injured Luck, completed just 8 of 19 passes for 118 yards and two interceptions.