Oklahoma State players Spencer Sanders (L) and Malcolm Rodriguez after a Fiesta Bowl win. Jan 1, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (3), linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez (20) and head coach Mike Gundy celebrate with the trophy after defeating Notre Dame in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic Ncaa Football Playstation Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma State At Notre Dame

Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl saw an incredible comeback from the Oklahoma State Cowboys (#9 CFP and AP) for a 37-35 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (#5 in both rankings). Notre Dame got off to a great start, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game and leading 28-7 at one point and 28-14 at halftime, but Oklahoma State rallied back with a 17-0 third quarter to take the lead, then held on for a 37-35 win. Here are some highlights from the game:

On the day, Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan completed 38 of 68 passes (55.9 percent) for 509 yards and five touchdowns with one interception (the one shown immediately above), but that interception was a big one. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (#3, seen above with linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez during the trophy presentation) completed 34 of 51 passes (66.7 percent) for 371 yards and four touchdowns and ran 17 times for 125 yards (7.4 yards per carry), and running back Jaylen Warren also added 82 yards on 19 carries (4.3 yards per carry), while the Cowboys’ defense limited the Fighting Irish rushing attack to 42 yards on 21 carries. This was a tremendous comeback win for Oklahoma State, a team that ESPN didn’t even credit as playing in this bowl a day ago, and one that might help set them up for some future success.


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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.