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West Virginia RB Steve Slaton
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Posted Dec 30, 2007


2008 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Profiles, History, Best Bowl Moments & More

West Virginia (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (11-2)

January 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ET, Fox

Fiesta Bowl History
2007 Boise St 43, Oklahoma 42 OT
2006 Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20
2005 Utah 35, Pitt 7
2004 Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28
2003 Ohio State 31, Miami 24 2OT
2002 Oregon 38, Colorado 16
2001 Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
2000 Nebraska 31, Tennessee 21
1999 Tennessee 23, Florida State 16
1997 (Dec.) Kansas State 35, Syracuse 18
1997 (Jan.) Penn State 38, Texas 15
1996 Nebraska 62, Florida 24
1995 Colorado 41, Notre Dame 24
1994 Arizona 29, Miami 0
1993 Syracuse 26, Colorado 22
1992 Penn State 42, Tennessee 17
1991 Louisville 34, Alabama 7
1990 Florida State 41, Nebraska 17
1989 Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
1988 Florida State 31, Nebraska 28
1987 Penn State 14, Miami 10
1986 Michigan 27, Nebraska 23
1985 UCLA 39, Miami 37
1984 Ohio State 28, Pitt 23
1983 Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
1982 Penn State 26, USC 10
1980 Penn State 31, Ohio State 19
1979 Pitt 16, Arizona 10
1978 Arkansas 10, UCLA 10
1977 Penn State 42, Arizona State 30
1976 Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7
1975 Arizona State 17, Nebraska 14
1974 Oklahoma State 16, BYU 6
1973 Arizona State 28, Pitt 7
1972 Arizona State 49, Missouri 35
1971 Arizona State 45, Florida St 38

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By Richard Cirminiello

Best Sooner Bowl Moment: Although the last three BCS bowl appearances have been eminently forgettable, OU’s 24-15-1 bowl record ranks among the best of any program with at least 15 appearances.  The Sooners, regulars in Miami throughout the years, used the 2001 Orange Bowl as a vehicle to regaining their status as a perennial national title contender.  The Oklahoma defense suffocated high-powered Florida State in a shocking 13-2 win that captured the school’s seventh national championship.

Best Mountaineer Bowl Moment: The postseason had been a horror show for West Virginia…until the 2006 Sugar Bowl.  The same program that had lost 11 of its previous 12 bowl games jumped all over heavily-favored Georgia in the Georgia Dome before holding on for a 38-35 win that ranks among the most important in school history.  Steve Slaton’s 204 yards rushing against a quality Dawg D was surpassed only by Texas’ Vince Young for the best individual effort of the 2006 bowl season.

Oklahoma's best win ... Big 12 Championship, Oklahoma 38 ... Missouri 17
Oklahoma opened up a tight game with a dominant second half outscoring the Tigers 24-3. San Bradford threw two second half touchdown passes with a five-yard scoring toss to Jermaine Gresham coming off a Curtis Lofton interception to open things up. Allen Patrick ran for a four-yard score and Chris Brown added two second quarter scores. Missouri made it interesting at the end of the first half with a four-yard Chase Daniel touchdown run with 14 seconds to play, and a tie going into the locker room, on a reverse pass to Martin Rucker. The two teams combined for 20 penalties for 206 yards.
Player of the game: Oklahoma LB Curtis Lofton made nine tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception.
Stat Leaders: Oklahoma - Passing: Sam Bradford, 18-26, 209 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Allen Patrick, 13-88, 1 TD. Receiving: Joe Jon Finley, 5-34, 1 TD
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 23-39, 219 yds, 1 INT
Rushing:
Jeremy Maclin, 4-40. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 8-69

Oklahoma's worst loss ... Colorado 27 ... Oklahoma 24
Kevin Eberhart nailed a 45-yard field goal as time ran out to cap a run of 20 unanswered Colorado points to stun Oklahoma. The Sooner offense came up with two Allen Patrick touchdown runs, from 34 and 17 yards out, and started off the scoring with a 13-yard Juaquin Iglesias grab, but the high-powered attack was held to just 230 yards of total offense with three turnovers. The Buff defense helped give the offense great field position over the final 20 minutes, with scoring drives of just 50, 62, 16 and 23 yards. Cody Hawkins connected with Tyson DeVree for a four-yard score, and Dusty Sprague for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Player of the game: Colorado LB Jordan Dixon made 7.5 tackles and a sack
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 22-36, 220 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Hugh Charles, 24-110, 1 TD. Receiving: Hugh Charles, 5-48
Oklahoma - Passing: Sam Bradford, 8-19, 112 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Allen Patrick, 18-96, 2 TD. Receiving: Juaquin Iglesias, 2-15, 1 TD


West Virginia's best win ...
West Virginia 31 ... Maryland 14
West Virginia rolled for 353 rushing yards and broke open a 7-7 game with a 24-point run on three Steve Slaton touchdown runs and a 32-yard Pat McAfee field goal. The Mountaineers started off the scoring with a 22-yard Pat White touchdown, but Maryland answered with a long drive culminating in a four-yard Keon Lattimore scoring run. The Terps added a 22-yard Danny Oquendo touchdown catch late in the fourth.
Player of the game ... West Virginia RB/WR Noel Devine ran five times for 136 yards and returned two kickoffs for 52 yards
Stat Leaders: Maryland - Passing: Jordan Steffy, 16-23, 180 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Keon Lattimore, 21-80, 1 TD  Receiving: Keon Lattimore, 4-17
West Virginia - Passing: Patrick White, 8-13, 95 yds
Rushing:
Steve Slaton, 26-137, 3 TD  Receiving: Darius Reynaud, 4-55


West Virginia's worst performance ...
Pitt 13 ... West Virginia 9

In an all-time stunner that ruined West Virginia's national title dream, Pitt got two Conor Lee field goals and a one-yard Pat Bostick touchdown run for all the points it would need. The defense held the high powered Mountaineer attack to 183 yards and just 104 on the ground. Pat White suffered a dislocated thumb, was in street clothes for a little while, and then came back into the game late. The Mountaineers had their chances, but two missed field goals early, and a throw out of the end zone on a desperation fourth down on their final play, helped the Panthers pull it off. Pitt held on to the ball for 36:19.
Player of the game: Pitt RB LeSean McCoy ran 38 times for 148 yards
Stat Leaders: West Virginia - Passing: Pat White, 5-10, 50 yds
Rushing: Pat White, 14-41. Receiving: Darius Reynaud, 3-46
Pitt - Passing: Pat Bostick, 10-19, 67 yds, 2 INT
Rushing:
LeSean McCoy, 38-148. Receiving: Oderick Turner, 3-29

2007 Fiesta Bowl
Boise State 43 ... Oklahoma 42 OT

In one of the wildest, most exciting finishes in college football history, Boise State ran a trick play in overtime with backup wide receiver Vinny Parretta connecting with Derek Schouman for a five-yard score on fourth down, and then won it on a Statue of Liberty play with Ian Johnson taking the ball from Jared Zabransky for the two-point conversion. Oklahoma had to fight back to tie the game getting a five-yard Quentin Chaney touchdown catch with 1:26 to play. After penalties forced a third two-point conversion try, Paul Thompson found Juaquin Iglesias for the tie. On the next play from scrimmage, Zabransky was picked off by Marcus Walker for a 33-yard interception return for a score. With under a minute to go, Boise State went 78 yards in five plays converting on 4th and 18 for a 35-yard score on a hook-and-lateral with Drisan James catching the ball and pitching it to Jerard Rabb, who took it for the score with seven seconds in regulation. Boise State dominated the first 57 minutes thanks to four OU turnovers with a 27-yard Marty Tadman interception for a score and two first half touchdown grabs from James. OU fought back with 18 straight points including an eight-yard Adrian Peterson touchdown run. Peterson scores in overtime on OU's first play on 25-yard run.
Player of the game ... Boise State QB Jared Zabransky completed 19 of 29 passes for 262 yards and three touchdowns with an interception
Stat Leaders: Oklahoma - Passing: Paul Thompson, 19-32, 233 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Adrian Peterson, 20-77, 2 TD  Receiving: Juaquin Iglesias, 6-120
Boise State - Passing: Jared Zabransky, 19-29, 262 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Ian Johnson, 23-101, 1 TD  Receiving: Derek Schouman, 8-72, 1 TD


Oklahoma Bowl History (23-14-1)
2007 Fiesta Boise St 43, Oklahoma 42 OT
2005 Holiday Oklahoma 17, Oregon 14
2004 Orange USC 55, Oklahoma 19
2003 Sugar LSU 21, Oklahoma 14
2002 Rose Oklahoma 34, Washington State 14
2001 Cotton Oklahoma 10, Arkansas 3
2000 Orange Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
1999 Independence Mississippi 27, Oklahoma 25
1994 Copper Brigham Young 31, Oklahoma 6
1993 Hancock Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10
1991 Gator Oklahoma 48, Virginia 14
1988 Citrus Clemson 13, Oklahoma 6
1987 Orange Miami 20, Oklahoma 14
1986 Orange Oklahoma 42, Arkansas 8
1985 Orange Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
1984 Orange Washington 28, Oklahoma 17
1982 Fiesta Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
1981 Sun Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
1980 Orange Oklahoma 18, Florida State 17
1979 Orange Oklahoma 24, Florida State 7
1978 Orange Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 24
1977 Orange Arkansas 31, Oklahoma 6
1976 Fiesta Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7
1975 Orange Oklahoma 14, Michigan 6
1972 Sugar Oklahoma 14, Penn State 0
1971 Sugar Oklahoma 42, Auburn 22
1970 Astro-Bluebonnet Oklahoma 24, Alabama 24
1968 Astro-Bluebonnet SMU 28, Oklahoma 27
1967 Orange Oklahoma 26, Tennessee 24
1964 Gator Florida State 36, Oklahoma 19
1962 Orange Alabama 17, Oklahoma 0
1958 Orange Oklahoma 21, Syracuse 6
1957 Orange Oklahoma 48, Duke 21
1955 Orange Oklahoma 20, Maryland 6
1953 Orange Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0
1950 Sugar Kentucky 13, Oklahoma 7
1949 Sugar Oklahoma 35, LSU 0
1948 Sugar Oklahoma 14, North Carolina 6
1946 Gator Oklahoma 34, NC State 13
1938 Orange Tennessee 17, Oklahoma 0
West Virginia Bowl History (12-16)
2007 Gator West Virginia 38, Georgia Tech 35
2006 Sugar West Virginia 38, Georgia 35
2004 Gator Florida State 30, West Virginia 18
2003 Gator Maryland 41, West Virginia 7
2002 Continental Tire Virginia 48, West Virginia 22
2000 Music City West Virginia 49, Mississippi 38
1998 Insight.com Missouri 34, West Virginia 31
1997 Carquest Georgia Tech 35, West Virginia 30
1996 Gator North Carolina 20, West Virginia 13
1994 Carquest South Carolina 24, West Virginia 21
1993 Sugar Florida 41, West Virginia 7
1989 Gator Clemson 27, West Virginia 7
1988 Fiesta Notre Dame 34, West Virginia 21
1987 Sun Oklahoma State 35, West Virginia 33
1984 Bluebonnet West Virginia 31, TCU 14
1983 Hall of Fame West Virginia 20, Kentucky 16
1982 Gator Florida State 31, West Virginia 12
1981 Peach West Virginia 26, Florida 6
1975 Peach West Virginia 13, North Carolina State 10
1972 Peach North Carolina State 49, West Virginia 13
1969 Peach West Virginia 14, South Carolina 3
1964 Liberty Utah 32, West Virginia 6
1953 Sugar Georgia Tech 42, West Virginia 19
1948 Sun West Virginia 21, Texas Western 12
1937 Sun West Virginia 7, Texas Tech 6
1922 East-West West Virginia 21, Gonzaga 13