"Oklahoma State is a special place. On game day we put 60,000 people in our stadium and the majority of them are second and third generation graduates, their sons, their grandsons, their great grandchildren have gone to school there. Because of that, I am very excited about what we have been able to accomplish. We have done a lot because of the generosity of Boone Pickens, who built our new facilities. I've got a tremendous coaching staff. They have made a very strong commitment. We are very proud of what we have accomplished and we are looking forward to the game."
Stanford's defense has some teeth
The Cardinal's defense was statistically the best in the Pac-12 this season and put together some impressive numbers in 2011. Stanford led the conference in five defensive categories — yards allowed per game (331.4), rushing defense (93.3), third down conversion defense (30.92 percent; 47-of-142), red zone defense (74.0) and fewest first downs allowed per game (17.75). The defense also ranked second in sacks per game (3.2), scoring defense (20.33) and tackles for loss (7.33).
Perhaps most impressively, the Stanford defense has allowed just 28 points in the first quarter this season and has allowed on 47 points in the third quarter.
Weeden vs. Luck: By the numbers
As far as position battles go, this is easily the most anticipated in this year's Fiesta Bowl matchup between OSU and Stanford.
Obviously numbers don't tell the entire story but here is how the two signal callers ranked in several passing categories.
Quarterback rating — 10th (159.1)
Pass completions — 4th (379)
Completion percentage — 3rd (72.6)
Passing yards — 3rd (4,328)
Passing yards per game — 3rd (360.7)
Total offense — 4th (352.8)
Passing touchdowns — 6th (34)
Quarterback rating — 5th (167.5)
Pass completions — 26th (261)
Completion percentage — 8th (70.0)
Passing yards — 25th (3,170)
Passing yards per game — 25th (264.2)
Total offense — 26th (276.9)
Passing touchdowns — 5th (35)