January 2, 2007

OU fights back but falls short

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Oklahoma's 43-42 Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State on Monday proved to be one for the ages. But because of the Broncos willingness to put everything on the line during the last minute of play, they'll be the ones building tributes to the way things ended in Arizona.

Even though Paul Thompson and Marcus Walker overcome what appeared to be another BCS blowup early in the game, even though Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson was able to shake off the rust long enough to dominate the overtime period, it wasn't enough.

Boise State had the final trick up their sleeve when Jared Zabransky handed off a misdirection fake to Ian Johnson during a two-point conversion in overtime to stave off the hard-charging Sooners.

"The first overtime didn't go so well," said Boise State's Chris Peterson. "One play, they were in the end zone. We like the play we had for a two-point conversion. It really wasn't a difficult decision at that point."

Oklahoma's massive football power was trumped on Monday night by the northwest's version of basketball on grass.

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